March: HOME, the Andrew Jackson School Rock Band
We believe in music and arts education for kids at all schools. Since Chris Argerakis, head of the music program at Andrew Jackson in South Phily, started HOME in 2010, the band has grown into a 9-piece ensemble that includes drums, piano, guitar and vocals and has performed all around the city. He also runs a Junior band that nurtures students who graduate to HOME, all through fund-raising. Join us by giving here.
Like many of our customers, we're troubled, angry and perplexed by what's going on in our country right now. We want to do something and have been thinking about what role a small business can play in affecting change. Since starting Green Aisle more than seven years ago, we've donated gift certificates, product and money to school drives, neighborhood raffles, kids' theater troupes, local firehouses, that sort of thing (and will continue to do so), but we also want to make a more formal commitment to give every month in an even more impactful way. So we're starting a monthly program at Green Aisle called #GAGivesBack. Each month we will donate a percentage of profits to a different charity, organization or individual we're passionate about helping. It won't be thousands of dollars, but it will be something, and we hope that will make even a small difference. In addition, we will have donation boxes at each of our locations so customers can contribute in person, as well as links here on our website with info on each monthly cause and a link to give. We're excited about this and looking forward to getting started.