Dobbes Charitable Giving Program
During a company retreat brainstorming session, we attempted to decide on one additional organization to support in the name of Dobbes Family Estate.
Not surprisingly, we found that each individual wanted to support a different cause, and all were deserving. Thus came the dawn of our Dobbes Charitable Giving Program.
Each quarter, a different employee has the opportunity to select a cause that has special meaning to them. During that quarter we feature a wine and donate 10 percent of its sales to the chosen charity.
My name is Betty Busch and I work in the Tasting Room as a Hospitality Associate at Dobbes Family Estate. I am pleased and honored to choose the SMART(Start Making a Reader Today) reading program as the Dobbes Charitable Giving Recipient for this quarter.
SMART was was founded in 1992 by a group of dedicated business leaders with the mission of improving children’s reading skills, self-confidence, and enthusiasm for reading. Children who achieve grade level reading literacy by grade three are four times more likely to graduate high school by age 19. Low income and at risk students especially benefit as they are 14 times less likely to achieve 3rd grade literacy without special help.
The SMART program helps increase children’s reading literacy by pairing an adult volunteer with a student for one on one reading sessions each week. These volunteers model the joy of reading and support the child’s own independent reading efforts. Students also receive 2 books to take home twice per month to encourage reading at home. Special kindergarten KSMART and pre-KSMART programs include adult readers reading to children as part of a rotation of literacy activities for the whole classroom. All of the kindergarten KSMART readers I read to last year at Grandhaven Elementary in McMinnville were reading independently by the end of the year!
Students participating in SMART achieve grade level literacy significantly faster and maintain these gains even after completing the program. Please join me in supporting this lively and successful educational effort. During this quarter, 10% of the proceeds of 2011 Griffin’s Cuvée will go to support SMART readers throughout Oregon.
Wine is about coming together. It’s about family, friends, ideas, conversation and sharing. And at Dobbes Family Estate, we are committed to giving back to the community that gives us life. It’s an integral part of who we are as individuals, and so it has become an integral part of our business.
With a deep personal connection to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Oregon, Dobbes Family Estate and Wine By Joe owner Joe Dobbes is a past board member and donates proceeds annually to this organization from the sales of Wine By Joe wines. As a company, we also donate time and money to organizations like Salud, theDundee Parent Club,Newberg Education Foundation, Doernbecher, Family Building Blocks and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.