Giving back to our community is paramount.
We take pride in being founded here in Maine and are committed to being a strong community partner. Each month we will be fundraising for a designated cause through collaboration efforts with other local makers, raffling off our work, event coordination, and various other methods. If you’re a local maker or representative from a Maine-based charity and you wish to be involved, please contact us to discuss this in further detail.
We at Orion Woodshop are committed to being a strong community partner, and that means directing our charitable efforts towards those most in need. In light of recent events, it has become clear that need is with our brothers and sisters in the black community. That is why we have postponed our fundraising plans for Good Shepherd Food Bank to July, and will be spending the remainder of June raising money for Campaign Zero. Campaign Zero is an organization that focuses on analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide. You can find more information about the organization and what they do here:
We also understand that this is a difficult time for the 99% of police officers that care deeply about the communities they have sworn to serve and protect. We believe that the work being done at Campaign Zero will also benefit the individuals tasked with extremely difficult job of police officer. By changing policy and practices based on data-driven analytics, we can help work towards a more effective long-term solution.
Each week, we will be raffling off a new cutting board to help raise funds and support this important cause.
The Maine Hunger Initiative
*UPDATE* We were able to raise $1,750 by selling the bookmarks and the donation was made on 6/1/20. Thank you to everyone who purchased one and help us support our local community!
The Maine Hunger Initiative: In our first full month of operations we teamed up with local maker Betsy Thompson, owner of Baublebee Handmade to make unique, one-of-a-kind bookmarks to help feed people who are struggling. Considering the difficulties many people are facing with the COVID-19 impacts, we figure now more than ever people could use support with their most basic needs.