Over 100 employees from B Corporations around the Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins areas are volunteering in their communities June 17 - 20, tangibly showing how they are using business as a force for good by “B-ing the Change” in Colorado. Throughout the entire week, Certified B Corps around the United States and the world are coming together to give back to their local communities as part of a global “Be the Change in our Communities” effort.
On June 17 and 19, smaller groups of B Corporations will work on the roof with GRID Alternatives, installing a solar array on a home in a low-income community to help reduce a family’s energy bills while contributing to a renewable grid. On June 18, a larger group will gather in Lyons to continue with the city’s flood recovery efforts; B Corp employees will be focusing on trail restoration, debris removal, and tree planting, as well as attending to any other needs of the city. The week will wrap up at the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, where volunteers will assemble meals for low-income families and individuals. Other B the Change service days around the world include projects with Habitat for Humanity, a Great Lakes cleanup in Chicago, mural painting, highway cleanups, and home repair projects in low income communities. Full details for each Colorado project and lists of participating companies are below.
“Businesses and the people behind them have the power to spread awareness, create good and ignite worldwide change. We like to think of this movement simply as community in action,” said Kim Coupounas, GoLite Co-Founder and director of B Lab Colorado. “These service projects help showcase the good that can happen when purpose-driven businesses walk the talk. I’m so proud to be able to roll up my sleeves to ‘B the Change’ in my community with fellow business leaders this week.”
“Giving back to our community in tangible ways is important to Rally Software’s employees, not only because of the positive impact they are making but because it lets them share our strengths with organizations who really need it,” says Ryan Martens, co-founder and chief technology officer of Rally Software, a Certified B Corp. “As a Rally employee, it allows them to collaborate with employees across the company while engaging at deeper level with our social mission of creating Citizen Engineers.”
Colorado has an especially strong B Corp community with more than 40 local companies certified including New Belgium Brewing, Rally Software, Moye White, GoLite, Namasté Solar, Door to Door Organics, and the Gary Community Investment Company.