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2020 has been a tough year for our growing non-profit bakery program. But through challenge, we find hope, resiliency, and a wish to spread joy.
The global pandemic of COVID-19 has meant drastic changes to our operations. Since March 2020, our crew of volunteers with acquired brain injury has been instructed to stay home to stay healthy. Brain injury is already a very isolating experience, and the added isolation from COVID-19 has not been easy. We have been operating with a core crew of dedicated, hard-working staff to sustain our limited operations for the past nine months. So far, everyone on our team remains healthy!
We have maintained and even fostered our team connections through weekly online zoom sessions for the past nine months, including a weekly social call, meditation, games, and a movie night focused on social justice movies. We have engaged our team to support the local community by donating cupcakes and hand-made cards to healthcare workers and Black-led community organizations focused on social justice. These virtual opportunities have allowed our team to connect in new ways, forge new connections and friendships, and learn together about ways to support our communities.
The late summer wildfires and heavy smoke caused us to close for two weeks in September to keep our team healthy and safe. Some of our team evacuated their homes. We were fortunate to not experience any additional losses during the fires that destroyed much of central and southern Oregon.
In January 2020, we began a new partnership with Prosperity Pie Shoppe in Multnomah Village. We prepared pies for their shop, and this endeavor was on its way to helping sustain our growth. Unfortunately, the pie shop closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. We welcomed a new addition to Multnomah Village in November 2020, and are now distributing our PUPcakes (for dogs) to Pawsh Pet Cafe.
We continue to distribute our mini cupcakes and paleo products to New Seasons markets in the greater Portland, OR metro region. Although sales have reduced by about 50%, this distribution is critical to our ability to sustain during the pandemic. Thank you to New Seasons markets for the ongoing support and belief in our mission! We are looking into other ways to expand our grocery distribution and look forward to re-growing this partnership post-pandemic.
Revenue from sales in our shop has declined by nearly 50% since March 2020 due to the pandemic, wildfires, stay-at-home orders, and reduced operations. We have offered no-contact delivery service, embraced making whole cakes, and have greatly appreciated special orders for "driveway drop-offs" during this challenging year. Special thanks to the medical offices and realty groups who have placed large orders of baked treats to share with their teams and clients!
We cancelled our annual in-person Fall Fundraiser event due to COVID-19. The the past three years, our annual Fall Fundraiser event helped raise over $40,000 to help us sustain our work. This year, we're going all virtual for our 2020. Give $20. Share 20 annual fundraiser.
We are committed to sustaining our efforts into 2021 and beyond.
Your donation will help sustain our work at Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop. We will continue to offer a safe, supportive, and productive space where adults with acquired brain injury can thrive even in difficult times. We are a strength-based program, and are focused on community connection and collaboration. Together, we will get through this!
All donations are tax-deductible (EIN #82-4548535).
Click above to make a donation online (through PayPal), or you may mail a check payable to "Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop" to us at 7828 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
Our Team Thanks You!