Dogfish Head Brewery Collaborates with Habitat for Humanity, Celebrates Benevolence Day
For the past seven years, Dogfish Head employees have spent one day a year collaborating with the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in need. According to Dogfish Head Beer & Benevolence Coordinator Mark Carter, the idea came from Mariah Calagione, vice president of Dogfish.
“She and her family would dedicate a day of service each year and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. She thought…wouldn’t it be pretty awesome if Dogfish co-workers could do the same,” Carter said. “It is a great way for our companies to give back to our community…”
Carter says Benevolence Day is something the Dogfish Head employees feel quite strongly about. Not only does the event benefit a lucky new home owner, Benevolence Day is an opportunity for Dogfish Head co-workers to get to know each out outside of the office, kitchen, brewhouse or inn.
“Dogfish is a giant community within our coastal Delaware community…It’s a chance for team building amongst co-workers that might not always get to work together. We make beer, so hard work deserves a cold beer, and we end each Benevolence Day with a pint, a hot bowl of chili and camaraderie.”
So what actually happens on Benevolence Day?
The Dogfish Head employees break up into different groups and they get to work!
Carter says some of the staff members have never touched a hammer before so it makes the day even better. Not only do the employees volunteer their time, Dogfish also makes a financial contribution to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity on behalf of each co-worker.
In full disclosure, Dogfish Head is owned by a close family member of the owner of WBOC.