We’ve made it our business to be engaged members of our communities. That’s why we give a portion of our profits to community organizations through donations and volunteer time every year. We contribute to our communities in the form of: in-kind donations, sponsorships, employee volunteer days, and other contributions.
12 Namastaliens spent another full day in Spring 2018 at Habitat for Humanity’s Harmony Cottages community in Fort Collins. Volunteers dedicated their time to reinforcing siding, painting, and working to level the ground around two homes in the community.
14 Namastaliens volunteered 62 hours altogether at Thorne Nature Experience to help them prepare for their wonderful summer camp programming (we’d like to formally request a set of our own coloring materials and plant ID books!). We also helped weed their gardens so they’re free of invasive plants and ready for what seems to be a constant stream of eager learners.
As CareerConnect mentors to a group of students from JFK High School, Namastaliens act as a support system for students, and help them navigate college preparation. With the internship-based CareerCoach program, Namasté Solar has hosted 3 different interns over 3 semesters, and they’ve been doing real-life solar PV designs for Sunstreet communities across the nation.
8 Namastaliens dedicated a full day to painting a home and building a deck at the Habitat for Humanity Harmony Cottages community in Fort Collins. As part of our ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity and our other partners in Fort Collins, we’ve also committed to $10,000 in annual donations for 5 years to help the Harmony Cottages community be all solar homes.
What better place to get involved in your community than right in your neighborhood? Spring of 2017 brought a neighborhood cleanup at both of our Colorado offices. 10 volunteers dedicated a total of over 20 hours one afternoon to pick up trash in the neighborhood areas around our offices in Denver and Boulder.
In July 2017, Namasté Solar participated in Hunger Free Colorado’s Hike to End Hunger. In total, Namastaliens logged 895 miles in just one month! This came from 61 logged hikes, including 2 group hikes with a total of 16 hikers and some long-distance Namastalien hikers crushing major miles to help out. Each of those miles was equivalent to a $5 donation, so with a little extra to round of the donation, we donated $5,000 to help our neighbors in need.
18 Namastaliens spent the afternoon sorting and packing food for distribution by the Food Bank of the Rockies. This translated to over 73 volunteer hours, but even more important was the impact that afternoon had outside of Namasté Solar: out volunteers were able to process over 11,300 lbs of food, equal to 9,040 meals for those in need.
Namasté Solar worked with Denver Public Schools to fund the winning project from the Rock the Earth Green Challenge. This project was a green action plan developed by “The Reusables,” a team of 20 Godsman Elementary School fourth graders, to address the nearly 1,000 milk containers thrown away by their cafeteria every day.
8 Namastaliens spent an afternoon volunteering a total of 32 hours with Growing Gardens, a Boulder-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable urban agriculture. This volunteer opportunity was organized through the Colorado B Corp community as a “B of Service” day. Growing Gardens donates both produce and plants to our community, as well as offering classes and youth programs.
9 Namastaliens spent almost 50 hours total volunteering with the greater Colorado B Corp community at the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver. This awesome volunteer group spent the afternoon assembling meals that went to low-income families and individuals. The Food Bank distributes the equivalent of 134,169 meals every day to children, seniors, and families in need in our community.
9 Namastaliens volunteered a total of 58 hours at the Community Food Share in Louisville, helping to sort incoming food donations and restock pantry shelves. Community Food Share distributes enough food for 22,500 meals every day to our Boulder and Broomfield county neighbors in need.
3 Namastaliens spent a day with the amazing kids of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. Boys & Girls Clubs provide youth with a supportive community after school, in the summer, and sometimes even during the school day. Photo credit: Boys & Girls Club.
8 Namastaliens spent an afternoon volunteering with Growing Gardens, a Boulder-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable urban agriculture. We were excited to work with an organization that does so much for our community, including organizing youth programs, donating produce and plants, and educating gardeners of all ages. Photo credit: Growing Gardens.
Between 2005 and 2011, Namasté Solar’s primary form of community giving was donated solar PV systems. During that time, Namasté Solar donated 28 solar systems totaling over 178 kW to organizations along the Front Range. This photo is from the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Logan School in Denver, which received a donated 6 kW solar system in 2009.