Sometimes shopping leads to charity. If you’re not sure, just talk to owner Jack Carney or his staff at Jack’s Cannabis Co.
Carney, whose store has locations in Pittsfield and Northampton, had to replenish the stock of custom lighters in his store when he realized October was approaching and the idea occurred to him that he wanted to launch a new campaign to give back to the community.
“I thought it would be cool to use these pink lighters to raise money to help those affected by breast cancer,” Carney said. “Jack’s Fights Breast Cancer was born.”
Jack’s Cannabis Co., which Carney describes as “small but mighty,” now has pink lighters for sale in both locations, and all proceeds from the sale of those lighters will go to Pop Cares and Cancer House of Hope to provide immediate relief for breast cancer patients. in both communities.
“We hope to raise nearly $5,000 with this campaign,” said Carney.
But pink lighters aren’t the only way Jack’s Cannabis gives back, even though the store is in its first year of existence. Employees are also deeply committed to helping the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls to be smart, strong and bold.
“As an agency, 44% of our children come from resource-poor households here in the community with annual incomes of less than $25,000 a year, and it’s great to be able to pass on Jack’s support,” said Kelly Marion, chief executive Brigham Center officer.
“We were ready to volunteer with summer camp,” Carney said. “But the pandemic required that only monetary donations be made.”
Although the personal connection was blocked by COVID-19 protocols, donating money still helped. The Brigham Center considers the donation of Jack’s Cannabis an investment.
“We are using Jack’s other investments at the center to support education and prevention programs for our children and youth,” Marion said. “We want to make sure we use resources wisely to support our participants. Our goals with these programs are related to developing the strengths of young people through the development of positive skills and behavior. Our programming helps to increase adaptive behavior by promoting the physical, mental and emotional development of individual youth and teaching them skills they can use to better cope with today’s pressures.”
But the support of Jack’s Cannabis Co. to the children of Brigham Center didn’t stop there.
“In August, he [Carney] was able to go on a school supply drive in his stores and gave us enough notebooks, pocket folders, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, crayons, glue sticks to support all of our children in the after school program with their school supplies for the start of the year” , said Marion. “We had enough to set aside for when kids need them over the course of the year. Over the course of the year, we support 190 children in our school-age enrichment program, so donations like this particularly help children in the community in need, and it takes the financial burden off the parents, who in many cases have a hard time have to make ends meet.”
Carney said he and the staff were excited to do the school supply campaign after the disappointment of not being able to volunteer at the summer camp. Again, a little shopping added some of the momentum.
“We’ve involved all of our employees, they’ve done some of the shopping and/or suggested school supplies to donate,” Carney said. “Then all the supplies were delivered to the stores and then we gave them to both Brigham Center and Family Outreach of Amherst.”
While Massachusetts law requires those pursuing a cannabis business license to outline plans for positive impact in their communities as part of their applications — and this plan is under review as part of the licensing process — Carney said his staff is grateful for the connections that his shop, in particular by working with Family Outreach of Amherst, an organization that provides shelter, advocacy, crisis intervention and other services to women and children.
“They run the Not Bread Alone Soup Kitchen,” said Carney. “We give annually for their general fund. But we also made a direct donation just for the soup kitchen. And of course we helped with the school supplies campaign. But we are also in an email chain where we are contacted when they have a specific case of a member of the local community in need of financial assistance.”
Laura Reichsman, director of Family Outreach of Amherst, said Carney and his staff’s school supplies have helped more than 10 families.
“The children in those families proudly went to school with full backpacks because they were eager to learn [Jack’s],” she said. “The joy of the child was palpable and the necessities were such a help to their parents. I am so impressed with Jack and his staff’s commitment to helping families in distress as they start a new life.” starting and growing a business they always remember Family Outreach of Amherst and the families we serve it’s so wonderful to have such amazing support, and it’s a perfect example of how a local business can make a real, positive difference can make in the communities where they do business.”
Carney is quick to pass such praise on to his staff and, most importantly, Jack’s Cannabis’ clientele. “Ultimately, they help us help our community,” he said.
If you’re interested in supporting the efforts this company is making to its community, including scoring a pink lighter for a breast cancer patient, you can check out Jack’s Cannabis Co. found at 34 Bridge St. in North Hampton and at 1021 South St. in Pittsfield.
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