The Urban Grape’s mission is to create community, memories, and joy through the experience of beverage. One of the many ways in which we do this is through our Urban Community program.
Founded in 2016, Urban Community establishes month-long campaigns with non-profit organizations in the neighborhoods surrounding the South End, with the mission of expanding their outreach, awareness and fundraising efforts. We culminate our month of giving with an open invitation to a community wine tasting event in celebration of the organization. These meaningful partnerships between non-profit organizations, The Urban Grape, and other local businesses are our way of building something meaningful through which all of us can better the communities in which we live.
THIS MONTH’S PARTNER: United South End Settlements
An amazing thing happened in the South End this holiday season – our locally owned and operated neighborhood businesses were packed with shoppers, while the malls and chain stores seemed empty by comparison. The community spirit of the South End is incredibly strong, and now we have a chance to use that passion to assist one of the neighborhood’s most important organizations – United South End Settlements (USES).
Founded in 1891, USES offers the members of our community the help they need to live their best lives by helping to improve the education, health, safety, and economic security of low-income individuals and families in the South End and Lower Roxbury. Their motto is inspiring and a perfect fit with our community – “Neighbors helping neighbors.” This year, USES is celebrating 125 years of programs; an exciting celebration bringing together South Enders old and new!
USES has programming in many areas – early childhood education, afterschool enrichment, youth arts, and senior services – but this month we’re helping them raise money and awareness for their important Workforce Readiness program. This important program ensures that 150 students each year have the academic and work readiness skills needed to move toward economic self-sufficiency and future success. The program has three components:
Adult Basic Education: preparing all students to pass the High School Equivalency Test.
English for Speakers of Other Languages: a program that helps those who have emigrated from other countries, or for whom English is not their first language. The program includes computer literacy for easier job placement.
Technology Education: with the goal of moving each participant from a low-paying job to a job with higher pay and more stability.
USES also assists each student with job placement, which is where we come in!
All of January and February we are collecting workforce ready clothing for men and women at the store. Do you have a gently used power suit that helped you land that big job? Drop it off at the store, and help another feel prepared and confident for a job interview. We are in need of women’s clothing, especially larger sizes, and shoes of different sizes for men and women. All items must be gently used and clean.
If your closet is lacking in dress clothes to repurpose, there are two other ways you can get involved! You can make a donation directly or stop by UG to pick up our Cheers to Community wines, and we will donate 10% of the sale price to USES on behalf of our customers.LEARN MORE
CHEERS TO COMMUNITY: THIS MONTH’S WINES
2016 Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)
A mix of grapes from vineyard sites in the warm Wairau Valley and cooler Awatere Valley produce a Sauvignon Blanc that is incredibly well-balanced, with a mix of both fragrant aromatics and structured body. The wines has flavors of ripe tropical fruits, citrus, and herbs. Interestingly fuller-bodied for a Sauvignon Blanc, while maintaining the varietals crisp freshness.
2014 Rickshaw Pinot Noir (Sonoma, California)
A perennial favorite since it came to market a few vintages ago! The grapes for this wine are sourced from cooler vineyard sites along Sonoma Coast. The 2014 drought in California didn’t affect the Pinot Noir grapes grown along the coast, instead producing grapes with incredible flavor and balance. You’ll love the berry flavors, earthiness, and warm spice notes!
You can help us support the important work of our partner by stopping by the store to purchase our “Cheers to Community” wines; 10% of the proceeds of these wines will be given to United South End Settlements at the end of the month.
THIS MONTH'S TASTING
Join us for this month’s Urban Community wine tasting!
The tasting this month will be a private event hosted by the Lincoln House Society, USES’ young professionals group. Interested in becoming a member and joining us at the tasting? Contact Nikki Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
BECOME A PARTNER
Want to partner with Urban Community? Contact us here!