I'm the type of person who's always been involved in as many community activities as possible. When I was a child, I was in the children's chorus. In high school, much of my extra curricular activities were through volunteer organizations. I organized blood drives, I was a Big Sister. It's something I do because not only is it the right thing to do, but it makes ME feel good, and I get to interact with some really great people.
When I started Boujie Baking Co. in January 2012, I had only made one sale before someone approached me about donating some baked goods for a fundraiser. It was like a lightbulb going off: WOW, I can use my business as a tool to help organizations in my community! As a new business owner, I didn't (and still don't) have much time or funds to give, but I could give product, which was the best use of my time and funds.
Now, I'm not breaking any molds by doing this. Many, if not most, small businesses give back to their community somehow. They make donations, sponsor events, etc. But while it may be a commonplace thing, it's like a huge added bonus of owning a business, to me. It's something I never considered would be a part of my trajectory.
Fast forward 2 years. I've donated to every cause I possibly can, taking every opportunity that comes my way. I thrive on helping my community organizations, and feel blessed that I have a business that I can use as a tool to do so. It creates connections, gives me the warm fuzzies, and always has a good outcome for everyone involved. And in Fall 2013, I, personally, did the training to become a CASA.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are people who volunteer their time to spend some time, on a regular basis, with a child in foster care, and then advocate on that child's behalf in court. It's a very challenging position, but very rewarding. I left the training every night nearly in tears, wondering what more I could do.
So it's with great pride and excitement that I announce the launch of the new Cookies for CASA line. These cookies are individually wrapped bundles of joy. And 50% of all profits will go directly to CASA of Humboldt. For now, that's the most I can do. But for now, I think that's okay.
Have an event or cause you'd like some sponsorship on? Please contact Cassie at yum (at) boujiebakingco (dot) com.
Cookies for CASA are available at all local Humboldt County retailers. Find one today!