has a fantastic method of banding collectively in instances of turmoil – the extra
lucky serving to the needy, the overworked, the deprived. Whereas it’s simple
to get misplaced within the every day COVID-19 headlines and statistics, it’s vital to
acknowledge that there’s a variety of good occurring on this planet.

I’m proud to current Insperity’s new weblog collection, Good Enterprise, showcasing corporations which have tailored to satisfy the wants of this unsure time and to present again to their communities. Let these tales be a beacon of compassion, hope and optimism that collectively we’ll persevere and work towards a brighter tomorrow. – Larry Shaffer, senior vp of promoting and enterprise growth

Think about
you’re a healthcare skilled coming dwelling after a protracted shift caring for sufferers
affected by COVID-19 and different illnesses. On the best way to your entrance door, you spy a care
package deal. Opening it up, you uncover a be aware of gratitude, sauces, marinades and
different kitchen necessities for a comforting meal.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 800 healthcare staff have acquired these care packages from ONEHOPE Wine, a direct-to-consumer wine producer devoted to charitable giving. ONEHOPE’s Healthcare Heroes program, considered one of two devoted to caring for frontline staff, is simply the most recent of practically 13 years of philanthropic endeavors that germinated from a easy concept and the collaboration of pals.

A seed, planted

One October practically 15 years in the past, inspiration struck Jake Kloberdanz, then a newly minted wine business skilled, in a California grocery retailer. Standing in a sea of pink – an assortment of branded merchandise designed to help breast most cancers consciousness and analysis – he questioned:

Why isn’t there a wine producer that helps philanthropic causes? And why couldn’t a model help worthwhile charities yr spherical?

Later, he shared his revelation along with his seven coworkers, all of whom had been working for the world’s largest wine distributor.


On the finish of the month, [the special promotions] went away. However, clearly, breast most cancers didn’t.

“On the finish of the month, [the special promotions] went away. However, clearly, breast most cancers didn’t,” recalled Kristen Shroyer, one of many coworkers with whom Kloberdanz shared his concept.

Kloberdanz and the gang – every recent out of school – had been
merchandising grocery retailer shows from 3:30 a.m. till 3 within the afternoon.

“Due to our loopy schedules, we turned finest pals,”
Shroyer recalled.

Nothing got here of his concept for practically two years. But, when Kloberdanz’s
shut good friend was recognized with blood most cancers, he immediately was pushed to start out
the corporate the group had envisioned.

“He gave us every a name, mentioned he’d began the corporate we’d
dreamed about, and requested us ‘Are you in?’ All of us give up our jobs and moved to Southern
California,” Shroyer mentioned.

Quick ahead greater than a decade, and that shared imaginative and prescient
brewed over a succession of comfortable hours has grown into ONEHOPE Wine, one of many
nation’s largest direct-to-consumer wine corporations.

A bunch of coworkers and pals turned their want to present again to the group into ONEHOPE Wine, one of many nation’s largest direct-to-consumer wine producers and a supporter of a number of philanthropic endeavors. Pictured (L-R): Kristen Shroyer, Tom Leahy, Tiffany Wojtkiewicz, Jake Kloberdanz, Sarah McPeake, Brandon Corridor. Photograph courtesy of ONEHOPE Wine.

Good will and good wine

Every bottle of ONEHOPE Wine offered helps a charitable
trigger. Their California Brut Glowing Wine helps feed hungry kids. The
Vintner Assortment California Crimson Mix helps a veteran-run program to
present catastrophe reduction. Their Chardonnay funds breast most cancers analysis.

ONEHOPE additionally empowers its prospects to help a nonprofit
of their selection by changing into a most well-liked buyer or internet hosting a personal wine
tasting fundraiser with a wine consultant. The corporate refers back to the
representatives as “trigger entrepreneurs,” a phrase that displays their drive to
earn cash whereas giving again to the world. There are presently over 4,000 trigger
entrepreneurs in 41 states throughout the nation.

“Our trigger entrepreneurs stay and breathe our mission, share
wine and provides hope,” mentioned Shroyer, now govt director of the ONEHOPE
Basis. “And it’s a group of 99% ladies.”

Since 2007, ONEHOPE Wine has donated practically $5 million,
planted greater than 100,000 timber and offered meals for greater than 2.7 million
kids – amongst many different charitable accomplishments.

Within the wake of COVID-19, ONEHOPE is popping its consideration
and sources to serving two teams of individuals straight impacted by the
pandemic: healthcare and hospitality business staff.

Caring for frontline staff

When the pandemic started overwhelming healthcare
services, Shroyer mentioned she and her group needed to search for methods to assist.

They established ONEHOPE’s Healthcare Hero program to ship care
packages crammed with Napa Valley hospitality on to healthcare staff.
Shroyer anticipates this program will proceed to develop – because of incoming
nominations and on-line help by way of the
firm’s web site.

“I’ve by no means acquired such a considerate reward within the 30
years that I’ve been a nurse,” mentioned one recipient healthcare employee.

ONEHOPE noticed one other alternative, too – one tied on to the
of us who had been important to ONEHOPE’s success: resort and restaurant staff.


Once we work collectively, there’s no downside humanity can’t resolve.

Alongside on-line orders and the work of the corporate’s trigger entrepreneurs, hospitality gross sales lengthy accounted for a good portion of the corporate’s pre-pandemic revenue. Sadly, obligatory closures pressured lots of ONEHOPE’s shoppers to make robust decisions.

“Our model was initially inbuilt eating places and lodges,
and is served at over 10,000 accounts nationwide,” Shroyer mentioned. “We needed to
provide you with a method to assist these affected within the hospitality business, brighten
their days slightly … put slightly cash of their pockets.”

In response, the corporate arrange the Moms in Hospitality
Reduction Fund. This system gives $100 micro-grants to a particular subset of
out-of-work hospitality staff and has already funded $60,000 in grants,
serving to 600 moms and their households throughout this tough time.

“In such a attempting time,” shared one recipient, the mom of
a seven-month-old child, “it is a lovely glimmer of positivity.”

One hope, agency roots

In the present day many of the founders stay concerned with the corporate,
with Kloberdanz serving as CEO and Shroyer overseeing the ONEHOPE Basis.

And that early ardour the buddies had for sharing good wine
and spreading goodwill? It stays on the coronary heart of each sale and charitable

Shroyer says the corporate will proceed to search for methods to
assist – this yr and past. In any case, philanthropic endeavors are central to
the corporate’s origin story: a bunch of pals coming collectively after work to
dream large goals.

“Once we work collectively, there’s no downside humanity can’t resolve,” Shroyer mentioned. “That easy concept impressed Jake to start out ONEHOPE and has pushed us to assist change the world for the higher ever since.”

To learn extra tales about Insperity shoppers making a distinction of their communities – like ONEHOPE’s program caring for frontline staff – please go to our Neighborhood Heroes web page.