At Bensonwood we believe in helping our local community and the world community. As such, we participate in a number of company-sponsored events and also encourage individual participation in charitable giving.
In 2014, we donated our services to help build and raise the Orchard Hill Breadworks Pizza Pavilion. A community supported building project, the Pizza Pavilion is a gathering place to host benefit Pizza Nights, which now attracts hundreds of guests every week of the summer, with 100% of profits going to local nonprofit groups. Orchard Hill Breadworks, a small, rural bakery in southwest New Hampshire, has given away almost $30,000, $500 to $1,000 at a time, to about 20 different groups.
Below are some more of the organizations we proudly support.
Sustainable Forestry and Conservation Groups
The main focus of SPNHF is forest conservation in New Hampshire. Every year, SPNHF helps private landowners conserve thousands of acres through two primary methods: conservation easements and land donations.
Since 1993, the Pacific Forest Trust has worked to preserve, enhance, and restore America’s private forests through education, innovation, and collaboration. This group is on the West Coast and they focus heavily on sustainable forestry practices.
This group is attempting to bring back the American chestnut tree by breeding blight-resistant chestnut trees.
The Nature Conservancy works with communities and other groups to protect the lands and waters needed for the survival of the diversity of life on Earth. Bensonwood contributed to the New Hampshire chapter’s efforts to purchase and conserve land on Fall Mountain.
The Hannah Grimes Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to educate, support, and assist in the successful development of entrepreneurs and community builders throughout the Monadnock region. Their success supports the Hannah Grimes Center’s broader vision of a sustainable thriving local economy and vibrant community built upon the region’s heritage, culture, natural resources, and the civic-minded entrepreneurial spirit of its people.
The first Prouty was held in 1982, when four nurses cycled 100 miles through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to honor the courage and strength of their patient, Audrey Prouty, in her nine-year fight against ovarian cancer. Every year since then, more and more people have gathered in Hanover to celebrate and to honor the courage of cancer patients and survivors, and to remember the loved ones who have passed. In 2012, over 5,000 participants, 1,250 volunteers, and 122 businesses helped raise just about $2.6 million for this nationally-recognized cancer center. The Prouty has raised more than $17 million that funds research for ways to better diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer.
Bensonwood first participated in the Prouty in 2002 and has continued to do so every year since.
Bensonwood has supported the Food Shelf for many years. In addition to a monetary donation each year, we also donate non-perishable foods during the holidays and help to deliver goods, making at least one trip from Concord to Langdon, New Hampshire, per month, and more during the holidays.
Habitat for Humanity, Habitat Blitz Build 2007
Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that helps families to build their own homes and then buy them through zero-profit, zero-interest mortgages. Christine has been our direct link to our local Habitat chapter; she acted as treasurer for a year, and is still involved with the program on the Speaker’s Bureau. In August 2007, Tedd Benson led a team of over 450 volunteers and built a Habitat for Humanity home for an Alstead, New Hampshire, family.
Other Local Outreach
Other local organizations that we have given donations to in the past include Stonewall Farm, Jan’s House of Hope, the Red Cross, Southern Vermonters for a Fair Economy and Environmental Protection, and Fall Mountain Regional High School Project Graduation.
When the people of Bensonwood donate funds for local or international relief, Bensonwood matches their contributions. Recent relief donations include:
- Alstead flood relief, for Alstead, New Hampshire, and surrounding towns after the October 2005 floods.
- Hurricane Katrina relief for the Gulf Coast region.
- Assistance for victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast and South Asia. In addition, two of our employees went to Sri Lanka to help with rebuilding.