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Feeding the Hungry — And So Much More

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 18:40

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"It fills our hearts to know that we can help make a difference in the Reno/Sparks area." ~Sara Biggs
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After a lifetime of working in retail and giving back in their personal lives, Dean and Sara Biggs have found a way to combine their passions into a company that takes care of its neighbors.

Dean and Sara Biggs moved to Northern Nevada when they purchased the Grocery Outlet location in Lemmon Valley in 2013. Four years later they opened the Spanish Springs location in 2017.

After careers built in retail, one of the reasons they wanted to own their own stores was so they could make independent decisions that would best help their local communities. In addition to stocking items in higher demand in their specific locations, they like to give back.

Symbiotic Giving

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:45

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Businesses & Non-Profits Benefit from GratisGives
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“People think it’s too good to be true, but we’ve identified a no-brainer way for local businesses and charities to both thrive simultaneously.” ~ Kirk Allaire
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Kirk Allaire and partner Andy Lafreniere have created a unique way to help businesses do their business while also creating a consistent stream of cash donations to go to local non-profits. 

In October of 2017, Kirk Allaire had a crazy-big idea. 

The roots of this idea: As the successful owner of a company called Gratis Payment Processing, he wanted to give back to a non-profit that held great meaning to him personally. In the early days of his company, he contacted this specific charity to try to initiate the process. But he found the simple idea of trying to donate to a national organization to be overwhelming for the company’s bandwidth at the time. 

Kelly Brothers Paints It Forward for Ronald McDonald House

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sat, 02/02/2019 - 16:49

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In 2018, Kelly Brothers Painting asked the community to nominate a non-profit in need of up to $10,000 worth of painting services. The resulting recipient in the Paint-it-Forward initiative: The Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home-away-from-home for families of hospitalized patients. Here's the transformation.

Baking Up Goodness Daily

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:32

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Giving back is part of Rounds Bakery's foundation
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“Education is huge for us, because it’s harder to lift yourself out of poverty if you don’t have the tools. And it’s hard to learn when you’re hungry, so we help with food programs.”
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In addition to baking up delicious bagels, donuts and not-a-cronuts, the owners and staff members of Rounds Bakery help make our community a better place.

When Sean Cary and Anton Novak purchased Rounds Bakery, they knew they wanted it to have a higher purpose. So they made a commitment to each other that they would treat all of their employees fairly and to give back to the community however they could. 

In the five years since then, they have donated more than 25 tons of food to organizations helping the homeless, as well as more than $200,000 in donations. Oh yeah, and all of their employees are paid a living wage and receive insurance and a retirement plan, among other benefits. 

Pedaling Toward Paradise — and Beyond

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Submitted by paige_182 on Sun, 01/27/2019 - 14:41

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“Part of our business plan is to grow with our community. We’re nothing without our community, and we’re only as strong as our community.” – Trish Miraglia
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When news of the fire and its impact reached the owners of Orange Pedal Cycling in Reno, they began a Camp Fire Donation Drive, open to neighbors, cycling enthusiasts and anyone with a desire to help.

Trish and Stefano Miraglia take their commitment to community as seriously as they take their espresso. Inside their bike shop – Orange Pedal Cycling, located in a strip mall at the corner of Booth and California streets – they’ve built a coffee shop equipped with a La Spaziale espresso machine where they serve LavAzza Italian coffee and select local roasters. The storefront was never intended to be a traditional bike shop, but rather a neighborhood spot to connect with others – over cycling and a good cup of coffee.

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