Dutch Bros, STEM Action Center Foundation raising bucks for Reuseum kids camps
BOISE, Idaho — Dutch Bros Coffee and the Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation are raising money to send kids to Reuseum Educational Inc. youth camps that explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts, according to a press release. As part of its annual Buck For Kids campaign, Dutch Bros Love Abounds Foundation will donate $1 from each beverage its Boise, Garden City and Meridian locations sell on National Coffee Day, Saturday, Sept. 29 to Re:Ed, and the STEM Foundation will match donations 50 cents on the dollar.
Reuseum Educational is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides learning opportunities to enhance children's knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math and the donations will be used to offer no- and low-cost STEM-based workshops for youth. This is the second year the STEM Action Center Foundation has partnered with Dutch Bros to fund the camps. Last year's effort raised more than $35,000.
"I can't think of a better way to celebrate National Coffee Day than to help support the kids in our communities," Dutch Bros CEO and co-founder Travis Boersma said. "Each year, our customers show up and make a huge impact. Together, we're doing rad things — it's truly inspiring."
Brian Wight, owner of Dutch Bros Boise, said: "We believe encouraging kids to learn everything they can about science,
technology, engineering and math is important for both their growth and the growth of the community. We're honored this year's Buck for Kids event will support the efforts being made by the STEM Action Center Foundation."
Meridian Dutch Bros owner Jeff Yarnall added, "Kids are near and dear to my heart, our education system doesn't always get the financial support it needs, teachers don't get paid enough and many schools have not yet embraced STEM education, so finding an organization like Reuseum Educational is like gold to me."
Dutch Bros operates nine locations in Boise at 2272 S. Vista Ave., 2630 S. Broadway Ave., 7401 W. Victory Road, 1589 N. Wildwood Way, 101 S. Orchard St., 1181 N. Milwaukee St., 8649 W. Overland Road, 1423 W. State St., and 777 Main St. Ste. 110, and one in Garden City at 5177 W. Chinden Blvd.
It operates five locations in Meridian at 1351 E. Fairview Ave., 1701 W. Franklin Road, 37 E. Calderwood Dr., 2170 E. Overland Road, and 5072 N. Linder Ave.
Reuseum Educational is hosting Bristle Bot workshops at two Dutch Bros walk-in locations in Boise during the Sept. 29 event, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 777 Main St. Ste. 110 and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at 1423 W. State St.
The Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation was established in October 2017 to raise awareness and funding for science, technology, engineering, and math education and related workforce development efforts. It offers a way for organizations and individuals to make tax-deductible donations to the STEM Action Center and enhance the investment the state has made in the Idaho STEM community.
STEM Action Center executive director Dr. Angela Hemingway said she's thrilled to be partnering with Dutch Bros and the Reuseum again.
"Dutch Bros has been a phenomenal partner and made our foundation's very first fundraising effort a huge success," she said. "Reuseum is doing amazing work with kids, and these donations support many children who otherwise could not afford to attend a week-long STEM camp."
Hemingway said STEM learning happens everywhere, not just inside the classroom and opportunities like Reuseum camps are important to the future of Idaho.
"Idaho is the fastest growing state in the nation and it has the country's third-fastest job growth," she said. "Meanwhile, Idaho's unfilled STEM jobs leaped from 3,800 in 2016 to 6,000 in 2017, which represents nearly $355 million in lost personal wages and more than $20 million in lost state tax receipts. In addition, the Idaho Dept. of Labor predicts as many as 36,000 STEM jobs could be unfilled by 2024 if we do nothing. This would represent more than $120 million in lost state tax revenue annually."
Re:Ed executive director Steve Rodoletz is grateful that with extra boosts his organization will be able " ... to bring science, technology, engineering and math education into the lives of underprivileged and underserved children," he said.