Like many of the Ample Hills staff, I was a customer well before I was a scooper. Beyond the whimsical ice cream, I was drawn to Ample Hills Creamery’s unabashed enthusiasm for their values. Ample Hills doesn’t just talk the talk; these values are aligned with its business practices, inside out. They live and breathe their ideals, and never forego an opportunity to make the world better. Quite simply; Ample Hills Creamery is unafraid to be a champion of change. I quickly became a regular.
April was Autism Awareness Month. Ample Hills Creamery partnered with Global Autism Project, a non-profit dedicated to training educators to work with children with autism all over the world. All April long, Ample Hills sold Delicious Difference ice cream sundaes in place of the traditional build-your-own sundaes. The brownie or ooey gooey butter cake base of each sundae was shaped like a puzzle piece, honoring Global Autism Project’s puzzle piece logo. $1 from every sundae sold all month long went directly to Global Autism Project. Ample Hills sold over four hundred!
On April 17th, Ample Hills Creamery hosted Pints & Postcards benefitting the Global Autism Project. For those unfamiliar, Pints & Postcards is a postcard writing and crafting gathering hosted by Ample Hills to help a hardworking organization that’s making a positive impact (in a bleak time). Previous partners have included Planned Parenthood and Teachers Unite. Each Pints & Postcards features a pay-what-you-wish sundae bar (where 100% of the proceeds are donated) and a postcard-making station. All attendees are encouraged to write a postcard to Congress supporting the cause. $1 from every pre-packed pint sold the day of Pints & Postcards is also donated.
When I first discovered Pints & Postcards, I was impressed. It’s rare for a business to have such an unflinching dedication to their beliefs. Not only does each event spread the word and fundraise, but Pints & Postcards also prioritizes educating its attendees; empowering them to take worthwhile steps long after they step out of our Scoop Shop.
To gain more insight on what makes these events so successful, I interviewed Amployee Maya, who has been lucky enough to work many of them.
Maya says,”It’s a open learning opportunity for customers, staff and the organizations that come. It’s a example of local business holding space for community. Which is both uncommon and vital.”
Pints & Postcards also provides ‘ample’ opportunity to meet like-minded individuals fighting for a kinder, better world….which can help each of us feel a little less powerless in today’s political landscape. These gatherings allow us to meet new people, hear different points of view, and create a dialogue in an accepting, safe environment.
“When I worked the Global Autism Project’s Pints & Postcards, a young man came in and he so happened to be autistic,” Maya continues, “I thought it was moving that he felt comfortable enough to join us. It directly spoke to the purpose of inclusion.”
With Pints & Postcards donations and Delicious Difference sundae sales combined, Ample Hills Creamery was ultimately able to donate a grand total of $673.00. Thank you for helping us make a Delicious Difference.
There is always more work to do! Since June is Pride Month, Ample Hills Creamery will be partnering with Brooklyn Pride. We are bringing back our exclusive Pride flavor, Baby, I Was Churned This Way!. The much anticipated return of this flavor to the dipping cabinet celebrates loving whoever you want and whoever you are. For every pint of Baby, I Was Churned This Way! purchased all month long, we’re donating $1 to Brooklyn Pride.
Ample Hills Creamery will be hosting Pints & Postcards benefitting Brooklyn Pride on Wednesday, June 6th, 7:00-10:00 at our Gowanus Scoop Shop. All day long, $1 from any pre-packed pint purchased will also be donated to Brooklyn Pride. Will you join us?
“The most interesting thing that I learned,” Maya says, “was that, upon arrival at Ellis Island, new citizens were given ice cream as a welcome and their first American treat.”
We are stronger - and sweeter - together.