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Happy New Year - A Note from Nick

My mom & dad were Y2K worriers. I don’t throw that out as a judgment--we’ve got some gear and stuff put by for the apocalypse at the Walton house. My parents had Y2K. We’ve got a nameless civilization-ender. An earthquake, or a North Korean Nuke or something.That New Year’s celebration years ago sticks out poignantly in my mind each time we roll the calendar. I remember right where I was at 11:59:59, December 31st, 1999. I remember the the room--heck, I remember the chair I was sitting on. I was having a good time, but I remember there being a small voice or presence in my mind thinking that this could be the end and beginning of something. That maybe...

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Benevolence Program Feature: Friends of Trees

With the beginning of Winter upon us, most of us are spending our Saturday mornings wrapped in a blanket with a warm drink in our mug and enjoying the view of a cold frigid morning from the comfort of the window. On the other side of the glass, somewhere in your community, is a team of volunteers all bundled up with a shovel in their fleece-gloved hands digging and patting away in the cool morning soil.   Thousands of volunteers each year lend a helping hand to our environment and communities by planting trees in different urban and natural areas. The Friends of Trees organization has been active for the past 27 years, and has since assembled thousands of yearly volunteers. From cities,...

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Long Miles - Fostering Relationships with the Global Community

Many relationships start with a cup of coffee. Our relationship with Long Miles has grown thanks to like-minded ideals for coffee and the warm welcoming arms they extend to others. This kind family embodies the notion of "home is where the heart is", having uprooted and established a life for themselves in the midst of their work in the country of Burundi. During their time nestled among the hills they have become part of and contributed greatly to the community there. The Carlson family has an abundant love for their product and all those who have a hand in it.  With always the best of intentions, every idea and action made by Long Miles is incredibly thoughtful. The amount of...

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Job Openings at Flag & Wire

Flag & Wire is growing and we have a couple of job openings available. Check them out below and if any of them sound like you then send your resume to Thanks!! Business Development Associate Barista Front End Assistant Business Development Associate A statement from Nick: Flag & Wire is a small but growing company with a very large vision. We’re actively making decisions today that will impact our tomorrow. We have some significant goals and the time has come to look for more help in a few areas. One of those areas is business development, and we think it’s an exciting opportunity for someone. We’re not looking for a salesperson strictly, though that’s certainly part of the job.  We’re looking for an...

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Now You Can Try Burundi Beans Here in the Willamette Valley

Tucked between Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi is a little country with big potential. Though war-torn and impoverished throughout much of the country, it is one of the most rurally dense countries in the world, with hills upon hills of families who dedicate their lives to their crops. Each ‘colline’ (French for ‘hill’) has anywhere from 60 to 140 farming families, making up a bustling and rich community. Nkonge Hill is just one of these numerous communes, and just like the others, it is home to the tens of thousands of coffee trees that provide work for Burundi families. The unique coffee beans of Burundi were originally planted in the 1960’s by the Belgians. This highly-valued...

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