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giving back

UB2 donates at LEAST 1% of annual profits to environmental and social non-profit organizations. 

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we choose local organizations that endorse and support our company values of environmental & social responsibility. below, you can find some information about our donation history each year.  in some years, our donation amounts far exceed the 1% we pledge.  for example, in 2012-2016, total funds given each year came close to 10% of our net profits.  for UB2, think globally & act locally is more than just a slogan.  We support organizations that promote environmental protection, women's rights, human rights, public education, private education, breastfeeding, and children.  We will NEVER donate money to an organization whose values run contrary to our guiding principles of environmental and social sustainability.

2017: the glen helen association, the Tecumseh Land Trust's Jacoby Creek Project, the Antioch School, the Linus Project, PP Action Fund, the ACLU and more.

2016: the glen helen association, K.I.D.S., the Linus Porject, and the Le Leche League of Dayton

2015: the glen helen association, children's montessori cooperative, K.I.D.S and MORE!!

2014: the glen helen association, the tecumseh land trust, children's montessori cooperative, & bahtki house for women

2013: the glen helen association, yellow springs montessori school & the le leche league of dayton

we again chose to support the glen helen association & nature preserve, and this year we gave even more generously than last year.  we're proud to be supporters of this amazing organization & natural area!  they are described in more detail below, under 2012.

the yellow springs montessori school is a small start-up nursery school in yellow speings, ohio.  we are committed to the excellence of the montessori style of education and someday when we're a big company, we will have an in-house montessori child care prgram for employees... but for now, we are happy to be able to support an excellent school with a curriculum for little ones that is simply second to none.  

this year, we also supported the le leche league of dayton.  the le leche league works to promote breastfeeding for new mamas and they provide resources and support for anyone who's interested in breatfeeding.  they also provide absolutely invaluable support for women who want to breastfeed but who are finding it (as colette did) to be much harder than anyone let on.  this year, we donated lots of hats to be given to needy mamas.  our hope is that these hats will be given to new, breastfeeding mamas so they can nurse in public while feeling discreet and while also not feeling the need to completely cover themselves with blankets (especially in the summer heat of ohio!).  we're deligted to add them to the list of organizations to whom we've donated this year.

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K.I.D.S is an organization that provides excellent quality used clothing and household items to kids and families impacted by poverty and tragedy.  we donate excess stock, materials, booth furniture, cleaning supplies and more.  

2012: the glen helen association & wyso national public radio

the glen helen nature preserve is a 500 acre preserve that is administered, in part, by Antioch College in yellow springs.  with more than 25 miles of footpaths, and an amazing diversity of species, this scenic gem is essential to the water quality of local streams and rivers and to local populations of wildlife such as songbirds, red foxes, and even coyotes.  they also have an extraordinary educational center for kids (environmental education for the little ones is SOO important) and a raptor rehabilitation center that services all injured birds of prey from the surrounding areas.  they have quite a few permanent residents (including a one-winged bald eagle, several owls and four vultures) that form the center of educational programs about raptors and their ecological importance.  since our studio is located within the boundaries of the preserve, we thought it essential to donate as much as we could to this worthy (and needy) environmental orgnaization.  we will continue to support the glen helen association each year, for as long as we can. 

wyso is the local national public radio station in yellow springs, ohio.  a project of antioch university midwest, it provides essential and relatively unbiased news to local residents.  wyso is described more below (under 2010), and they are on our list of organizations that we regularly support.

2011: TLT (the tecumseh land trust)

the tecumseh land trust uses conservation easements to preserve agricultural land, natural areas, water resources, and historic sites.  They educate the public about permanent land preservation, support the local food movement by promoting CSAs and farmer's markets, and serve as an educational resource to help families preserve land in clark & greene counties in ohio.

the tecumseh land trust is perhaps best known for their instrumental role in the preservation of the whitehall farm. on february 22, 1999, the 940 acre whiteehall farm property went up for auction in 34 separate tracts.  this amazing and historic property formed the northwestern boundary of the village of yellow springs, and the open space it offered was one of the things that made yellow spring the very special place that it is.  after becomming aware that the property was going to be sold, and most likely to commercial housing deveopers, the community of Yellow Springs sprang into action to stop development on the farm. 

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protecting the green space was both an environmental and social issue.  environmentally, preserving that property meant protecting ground water, the soil, among other benefits. socially, it meant preserving a way of life that had existed in yellow springs since the village was founded.  yellow springs is a very unique, close-knit, and relatively isolated community in southwestern ohio.  it still has a thriving downtown section-- something that is very rare in the US today. 

yellow springs boasts a "mom & pop" grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store and other shops essential to walkable living.  people feared that development of the 940 acres would destroy the unique character of the village by making room for giants such as wal-mart-- well known for its ability to completely destroy even thriving downtown areas. 

yellow springs may be one of the only communities in the nation where taco bell and kentucky friend chicken actually went out of business! the tecumseh land trust was instrumental in brokering the deal that allowed these 940 acres to be purchased and permanently saved through conservation easements.  it was an amazing feat-- one that we at UB2 think is worth supporting!  

2010: WYSO

WYSO serves the dayton area community with news, information, and entertainment to encourage dialog, understanding, and engagement.  they feature both local and nationally renouned programs such as all things considered, living on earth, world cafe, and marketplace (among others).  if you've not yet taken time to listen, you can tune in here: LISTEN to WYSO!

WYSO radio wants to be recognized as a media leader by enriching public discourse, fostering intellectual and cultural curiosity, and serving as a dynamic, creative, local companion.

owned and operated by antioch university in yellow springs, the station brings the best of national public radio to ohio.  we're proud to help WYSO meet their goals!