Green Thumb Industries today announced the second group of nonprofit organizations to receive funding as part of its Good Green Grant Program (view photos in gallery).
Launched in Fall 2021, Good Green offers popcorn flower products, smaller buds that are about the size of a kernel of popcorn. Sales from Good Green products fund grants awarded to nonprofit organizations that give back to communities disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs.
Each organization selected encompasses one or more of Good Green’s three core pillars: education, employment and expungement. The five organizations will receive unrestricted grants of $60,000 that will advance each organization’s mission and objectives.
Good Green’s second round of beneficiaries include:
- Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change: A Chicago-based organization linking communities to programs and resources to change the dynamic of trauma within communities by reducing recidivism.
- Growing Home: Growing Home uses an organic urban farm in Englewood to provide paid workforce development and agricultural training for formerly incarcerated individuals and other community members in Chicago facing barriers to employment. The organization also helps trainees access legal, medical, childcare and housing services to facilitate the re-entry process, alongside providing organic healthy food at affordable prices in their community.
- Greyston Foundation: Based in Yonkers, New York, the foundation aims to unlock the power of human potential through inclusive employment opportunities. In the past three years, The Greyston Employment Opportunity Center has provided training and education programs, youth services and transitional employment services to more than 5,000 individuals who have faced barriers to meaningful employment.
- i.c.stars: Over the past 23 years, i.c.stars has provided coding, business and leadership training to help promising adults in Chicago and Milwaukee secure high-growth jobs in the technology industry. The four-month program trains talented, under-resourced young adults including those who are formerly incarcerated or who have been affected by the War on Drugs, and has a 90 percent job placement rate.
- TakeRoot Justice: Provides legal research and policy support to grassroots and community-based groups in New York City working to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression. The organization formed HAPPEN, a dedicated social justice program in 2016, to increase police accountability, combat discriminatory policing and support community-led campaigns for safety.
Good Green is committed to bringing responsible consumers and change-making organizations together to create real, lasting progress against the War on Drugs. The brand’s current product offerings, including indica, sativa and hybrid popcorn flower, are available in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The Good Green Grant Program’s third round of applications will open to local 501(c)3 organizations on June 1, 2022 through August 19.
For more information, visit www.good.green.