I first heard about the Women's Bean Project when I ran the Columbine Classic at Aurora Reservoir a few years ago. This is a local non-profit that helps struggling women get back on their feet. I checked into their website after the race and was so impressed by what they do and at all of the services that they offer to women of all backgrounds.
Their mission "is to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise."
"Women’s Bean Project is a transitional job training program for chronically unemployed and impoverished women. We provide jobs in gourmet food and handmade jewelry manufacturing. At the same time, we augment the skills they develop on the job by offering special programming and classes in interpersonal and life skills needed to move into career entry-level employment.
By working in an active business, program participants learn the importance of reliability, accuracy, punctuality, attention to detail and attendance; while also addressing life skills – communication, budgeting, accountability, problem solving and goal setting.
Our graduates become empowered to lead successful, self-sufficient and fulfilling lives, creating a brighter future – for themselves, their families, our communities and our economy." -womensbeanproject.com
I can't imagine a better way to give back to our local community than to help women find a job to feed their family and better their own situation. They make incredible goodies which you can order from their website or you can donate directly. Check it out!! Or you can come to my yoga class at Runners Roost every third Thursday (details under events).