Grace Lyons started going to the Umpqua Valley Arts Association when she was a little kid and now, as a working barista at Dutch Bros. Coffee, she wanted to find a way to give back to the arts center.
On Dec. 7, between 5 a.m. and 12 p.m., $1 from every sale at all seven Douglas County Dutch Bros. locations went to the UVAA. All total, more than $2,700 was raised.
The UVAA Board President Emily Brandt said Lyons came forward during the annual membership meeting while the members were brainstorming possible fundraisers.
“She wanted to do something that meant something to UVAA, so she asked her boss at Dutch Bros. if they would do a giveback day for the children’s program and they agreed,” Brandt said. “She saw the opportunity that would help out with that project.”
Brandt said the organization is grateful for the community of young art and culture enthusiasts who are giving back and the businesses ad stepping up to keep the art center alive.
“Our motto is to empower the community to give back to UVAA through local business partners,” Brandt said. “It was so cool to see a big local business like Dutch Bros. step up and help the arts center achieve one of its goals.”
The funds will go towards the children’s program for the Imagination Station. Brandt said the board is still raising money and figuring out how much was raised for each program from the different venues.
“Any amount is impactful for sure and helps us reach our end goal of making the space better,” Brandt said.
The money was collected from each of the seven Dutch Bros. locations in Douglas County. All are owned by Clayton Reinhart, who could not be reached for comment.
“Umpqua Valley Arts Association is an important part of the cultural development of our community,” Reinhart said in a press release. “We’re so grateful our customers showed up to help Dutch Bros. support this mission.”