At Iron Springs, we like to think of ourselves as active participants in our community, not as passive service providers. We know that the folks who frequent our pub are not just customers, they are our friends and neighbors. We like to think that this attitude is reflected in our style of service and in our casual, homey atmosphere. But that’s really just a reflection of what goes on behind the scenes at Iron Springs.
One of the most overt ways in which we choose to contribute to our community is through our “Give Back Tuesday” program. Every Tuesday, a percentage of the proceeds from the pub are donated to a local cause or organization. In this way, folks can come down, have a nice meal and a pint (or several) and know that some of what they spend on their meal is coming right back into the programs and services that make Fairfax and Marin such a fantastic place to live.
Our staff all lives locally, and we’re all raising our kids, dogs, cats and ferrets, living our lives, and doing our best to adhere to a simple credo: love one another. With everything we do – both big and small – we’re trying to make the world a better place to live in. For ourselves, for our children, and for our neighbors.
The Iron Springs Give Back Tuesday program has donated an average of over $15,000 a year to such great causes as:
- The YES Foundation
- Drake High Mt. Bike Team
- Marin Community Food Bank
- Bread & Roses
- Adopt-a-Family of Marin
- Point Reyes Seashore Association
- Conservation Corps North Bay
- And many more…
December 6th – River Otter Ecology Project
River Otters have returned to the SF Bay Area, and this is good news for our watersheds! As wetlands and watersheds are restored, and conservation measures are taken, river otters are able to find food and habitat to thrive once more. The conditions that make watersheds healthy for otters (clean water, functioning ecosystem, plenty of healthy fish), make them healthy for all of us. The River Otter Ecology project is a volunteer-run citizen science project providing research, education for adults and children, and lots of volunteer opportunities. Their mission is to support wetland restoration with research, education and restoration partnerships. Check out their videos and photos of local river otters at Facebook.com/BayAreaOtters, and type on over to their website at riverotterecology.org!
December 13th – Kids Cooking for Life
Kids Cooking For Life (KCL) is a nonprofit organization which teaches nutrition and inspires lifelong healthy cooking and eating habits through hands-on cooking classes to students from low income communities.. We believe that instilling an understanding of proper diet and nutrition is one way to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic and the early onset of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, which are all rising at an alarming rate among children today. Learn more at kidscookingforlife.org.
December 20th – Children For Change
Children for Change is shaping a generation of global citizens, empowered with knowledge, empathy and confidence to make a difference in their world. How does C4C contribute to this? C4C cultivates, curates and contextualizes experiential service learning opportunities around issues that impact our world.
They believe that if kids are given the opportunity to do good through experiential learning and empowerment, their innate desire to connect and contribute to the world around them will emerge and they will be leaders of good in their communities and will become strong global citizens. Learn what they are up to at https://www.facebook.com/children4changeclub.
November 1st – Marin County Library’s FLAGship Program
The F.L.A.G.ship program, in partnership with Marin County Free Library, offers FREE drop-in (not drop-off) preschool classes for families with children 0 to 5 years old. Bilingual storytimes, kids songs, games, crafts and other fun Kindergarten-readiness activities engage children and adults together on-board this incredible custom RV. Information about local family services & events are always available. Check out www.marinlibrary.org/flagship for more information.
November 15th – San Anselmo Co-Operative Nursery School
Founded originally in 1947 as the Fairfax Community Nursery School, the San Anselmo Co-Op is celebrating its 69th year in operation. Except for the faces of the children and their parents, since then little has changed. The goal of the preschool is to foster physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual growth in each child. The school provides a unique experience for families who wish to be involved in their children’s education and learn alongside them. By sharing parenting issues, insights, joys and struggles, parents gain a sense of community with one another and a greater understanding of their own child’s development. Through their participation, parents create the kind of school they desire for their children. Their many talents, strengths and interests provide the energy that fuels the school. By relying on parent ingenuity, teamwork and labor, we keep fees low and the school available to a wide spectrum of people. Find out more at www.sananselmocoop.com.
November 22nd – Drake HS Mountain Bike Program
The Drake High School Mountain Bike Team is a 6-time California State Champion and 10-time NorCal High School Mountain Bike League Champion. Winning 2016’s league and state championships – with several riders winning individual titles – the riders are gearing up for another exciting season. The team is an inclusive club sport at Drake High School, is active in local volunteering and trail advocacy, and is funded primarily by riders and our generous sponsors. We thank Iron Springs and the community for supporting the team! Read all about them at http://drakemtb.org.
November 29th – TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program
TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program provides on going arts intervention for high-risk youth aged 11-18 in Juvenile Hall and in Alternative Education high schools in Marin County. TeamWorks Art promotes creative expression, self-discipline, and community engagement for youth who are underserved and economically disadvantaged. Students who enter Marin’s juvenile justice system and lower-prioritized alternative schools receive no art education within the system. Find out more at http://www.teamworksart.org.