We want to make The Pamplemousse Project a place that brings joy and a sense of community to White Plains. Our product offerings and café design were purposefully chosen to bring delight to all ages. Our mission is to donate 100% of profits back to charitable organizations that support our community.
As a market-oriented enterprise, The Pamplemousse Project will focus on operating an efficient business model pursuing profitability, while adhering to the guidelines of a Beneficial Corporation regarding environmental, social, and governance policies (ESG policies). We do not seek to supplant community nonprofits or involve ourselves in their operations; rather we believe our role as a social enterprise is to screen, prioritize, and make grants to local nonprofits.
We expect to make grants in areas such as education, affordable housing, food security, health, arts, and human services, but grants are not limited to those categories. All grants must be made to legally authorized 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, of which there are approximately 150-200 in Westchester, with roughly 50 located in and/or focused on the local White Plains community. Although there are no minimum or maximum limits to the size of grants, we expect the average grant per organization to range from $5,000-10,000 per year. We would like to target 15-20 organizations per year and would likely provide continuity of support for a number of close partner organizations over an extended period. Critical to this effort is that the organizations and people supported are our local neighbors.
Our grant application can be found here.
Congratulations to the recipients of our first grants, which we distributed in June 2023. Lifting Up Westchester, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, and Westchester Youth Alliance each received $3,500.
Our second round of grants will be distributed in September 2023. Buddy’s Healing Paws, Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry, and My Sister’s Place will each receive $3,500.
CUSTOMER ADVISORY BOARD
Our Customer Advisory Board provides direction and guidance on awarding grants and helps connect nonprofit organizations with our grant process. We will solicit the votes of the Customer Advisory Board on a periodic basis as funds become available for grant distribution and grant applications are received. We seek a diverse range of customers to serve on the Board, representing all areas and facets of our city. The Customer Advisory Board is your chance to have a say in where the money goes! All customers are invited to join, and sign-up can be done in store or via the form below.
As a meeting place for our community, we hope to be able to build awareness among our customers about our nonprofit partners’ efforts and needs and to offer information about volunteer opportunities, making it easy for our customers to get involved. Please visit our events page for more info.
We believe that The Pamplemousse Project business can provide real-world experience that can greatly enhance student learning, in areas such as Business Education, Information Technology, and Visual Arts. We are partnering with the White Plains Public School district to provide opportunities for educators to incorporate The Pamplemousse Project into their curricula.
As a social enterprise, we are focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring and training of staff. Through partnerships with the White Plains Public School District, the White Plains Youth Bureau, and El Centro Hispano we hope to provide employment opportunities for people in our community who might sometimes be overlooked. Beyond the on-the-job training that they receive, we also plan to offer workshops in other key areas such as resume writing and interview skills.