PORTLAND, OR … BottleDrop Give has reached a major milestone in helping non-profits raise money. The number of non-profit organizations using the Oregon’s system of returning empty bottles and cans has reached 1,000.
In 2018, more than $500,000 has been raised by these organizations from SOLVE to soccer teams to the Oregon Food Bank.
“BottleDrop Give has grown into an important community resource for nonprofits as well as other community members” said Kyle Hummel at the Oregon Food Bank. “It provides a new source of income for organizations that exist to help others. So it’s been a wonderful development.”
BottleDrop’s fundraising program is also a big hit with Oregon schools. Barlow High School has not only used BottleDrop Give to turn in cans and bottles but has also created student scholarships from the proceeds. Last year, two grants helped graduates go to on to college educations. The Barlow story can be seen here.
Individuals are also getting into the act. Residents in a Portland apartment building teamed up in a group they call, Indivisible 97201. They are collecting containers with BottleDrop’s green bags and then donate the funds online directly to the Oregon Food Bank. This one group of people raised $2,000 for the Oregon Food bank and has no plans to stop there. Here’s a video of that story.
BottleDrop Give is a fundraising tool designed for schools, churches, and any 501 (c)(3) organization. The program is designed to be a long-term, convenient method of fundraising. BottleDrop blue bags are distributed to supporters to be filled with returnable containers at home, then returned to any BottleDrop Redemption Center or BottleDrop Express at their convenience. The value of each bag is then credited directly to the fundraising account. To learn more or apply for a fundraising account, visit BottleDrop Give.
OBRC is a not-for-profit that acts on behalf of beverage distributors to administer Oregon’s bottle bill; collecting and processing nearly all containers sold and redeemed in Oregon. OBRC counts, sorts, crushes, bales, and recycles 1.5 billion containers each year. The entire process is operated at no cost to taxpayers.