Customers of Native Roots dispensaries are supporting two Colorado non-profit organizations when they purchase Wana Sour Gummies in September.
Proceeds from their purchase benefit Lakewood-based Chanda Plan Foundation, which advocates for integrative therapy for persons with disabilities, and Boulder-based Bridge House, which provides resources to help adults experiencing homelessness. Up to $10,000 of proceeds will be directed to each non-profit, for a total donation of up to $20,000.
“Native Roots is committed to improving the communities in which we live and work,” said Shannon Fender, Native Roots director of public affairs. “We back that community commitment by partnering with local nonprofits in every location in which we operate as well as corporate community partners. The Chanda Plan is an organization we support in Colorado due to their outstanding impact bringing healthcare and wellness services to a community that has traditionally struggled with access to services that those of us without disabilities take for granted. This population tends to be overprescribed opioids for pain management and is increasingly looking to cannabis as a part of the solution to improve their quality of life.”
Native Roots is a cannabis industry leader in community engagement and giving back. Their multi-year CSR plan includes partnering with medical communities that have been impacted negatively by the opioid epidemic and are embracing cannabis as an alternative. The Chanda Plan is dedicated to providing healthcare to those with physical disabilities. The organization provides services such as primary care, as well as integrative care such as acupuncture, massage and yoga programs. Access to these services for those with disabilities is critical for quality of life and a more affordable healthcare option.
“We believe that Wana can play a meaningful role in improving the lives of the people in the communities we serve,” said Wana CEO Nancy Whiteman. “Wana selected Bridge House as our non-profit partner because we recognize the importance for every human to have basic needs met. When we know we have access to shelter and sustenance we can turn our attention to achieving even greater goals for our family and our community.”
Over the past year Wana has built and maintained relationships with organizations to provide basic human need services. Part of Wana’s 2019 plan to give back includes contributing over 500 hours of staff time to Wana’s nonprofit partners in 2019.
Bridge House supports the Denver community by offering critical 24-hour services to homeless populations. In addition to helping homeless individuals secure permanent housing, Bridge House also helps those in need find jobs and access nutritious meals. With two Bridge House communities already in the Denver Metro Area, the organization has served hundreds of homeless individuals in the community.