How we give back

Community Engagement

Sweet Flower’s operations and philosophy are built on significant, tangible, and effective community involvement and investment. 

 

Above all, Sweet Flower stands in solidarity with the Black and Brown communities who have disproportionately fallen victim to prejudicial and racist violence at the hands of police. Not just in Minneapolis. Not just this week. Sadly, this issue is everywhere, at all times. We also recognize our immense privilege in owning a cannabis dispensary and are working every day to fight for fair and equitable rights in the cannabis industry. We have donated to Equity First Alliance https://www.equityfirstalliance.org/ whose mission is to repair the harms of the War on Drugs through racial equity and reparative justice, as well as The Black Cooperative Investment Fund http://www.bcifund.org/, a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit fund, with the mission to create social change for the Black community through the primary strategy of building assets and wealth. The BCIF provides microloans through pooled dollars from individuals and companies who are passionate about economic empowerment for the African American community.

 

Our demonstrated investment in the communities we serve has resulted in over $125,000 in charitable donations since we were founded two years ago. We’ve provided this support to a diverse group of organizations, important to us as a company and to the individual communities we operate in. 

 

These organizations include: 

 

​L.A. GOAL, https://www.lagoal.org/ which  provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, increasing their independence and employability through educational, vocational and recreational programs. 

 

Upward Bound House, https://upwardboundhouse.org/  helping to reduce the number of homeless families and children who are hungry and living on the streets of Los Angeles. 

 

The  Black Cooperative Investment Fund http://www.bcifund.org/, a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit fund, with the mission to create social change for the Black community through the primary strategy of building assets and wealth. The BCIF provides microloans through pooled dollars from individuals and companies who are passionate about economic empowerment for the African American community. 

 

We have also provided grants to support the Culver City School District’s music and performing arts programs. Our staff has engaged hands-on by volunteering in the communities we serve, participating in neighborhood clean up programs and beautification projects, and by sponsoring a #HashtagLunchbag event resulting in over 2,000 bagged lunches distributed to families in need. 

 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Sweet Flower immediately directed $5,000 of funds to Food Share to help ensure that Ventura County’s largest food resource for those in need could fulfill critical demand. Sweet Flower also secured and delivered over 500 mask and glove kits to front line workers at nonprofits Sweet Flower currently supports.

 

We intend to continue to work together with the BCIF, Equity First Alliance and other organizations to enact meaningful change.