The @patagonia SoHo store has been closed these past few days due to massive water damage on all three floors. Turns out that heavy rain and a mistake in the roof remodel is a terrible combination.
Instead of laying us off, Patagonia has kept us employed by either assigning us to different stores or Activism Hours. Activism Hours means that we’re giving the option to volunteer with an environmental nonprofit and have our time compensated by Patagonia.
Today the SoHo crew was giving the option to volunteer at @elizabethstreetgarden which was an extra special opportunity for us. Given that Patagonia is 1% For The Planet, each year each store decides which local environmental nonprofits they want to award the grant money to. This year we, the team at the SoHo store, selected Elizabeth Street Garden as one of our grant recipients. So today we worked in the garden they we helped fund (and got paid to do it!!!). There is a bittersweet behind our efforts, tho. The garden is at threat to being developed into housing. City Council has pretty much said it’s a done deal. If you want to know more and help save this amazing open space in an area that has very little, please go to ElizabethStreetGarden.com. If anything sign up for their mailing list. When this goes to court, we need to show the judge how many people believe and support urban gardens.
Namaste and tree-hugs
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