Common Ground Collective needs help buying a Cargo Van!! Our organization Common Ground Collective (CGC) has been working hard to grant write and recently got awarded enough money to make payments and cover the insurance on a cargo van for a year, and we were going to continue to grant write until we paid it off. However, when we went to go get the van, we found out that car dealerships and banks do not finance auto loans or leases for nonprofits because they are not considered regular businesses, and wouldn’t take a donation receipt for the difference. So now we have to fundraise to buy it outright and we need your help!
Currently and in the past, our Executive Director has been utilizing her personal vehicle to harvest, transport and deliver the produce, but this is not ideal for many reasons. The biggest is that it is taking a toll on her personal car since it is a small older Ford Escape and is not meant to transport heavy loads. It is also preventing us from harvesting larger loads because it can’t all fit in her vehicle. The cargo van we are trying to buy could fit almost 3 times the amount of produce and it is small enough that we can put our harvest ladder on top to reach those high fruits that we can’t get to with just a picker.
Since our little grassroots nonprofit began harvesting in 2019 we have harvested more than 34,000 lbs of produce that would have otherwise rotted and of that, we have donated more than 22,000 lbs to help feed our residents in need. The additional 12,000 plus pounds has been sold to small local businesses to help push out imports and put money back into the pockets of the residents whose trees we harvest. If we are able to buy this cargo van, it will help us put even more food into the bellies of our community in need and help us with our mission to create a more food secure Maui. Please help us by donating what you can, and if you are not able to donate please help us spread the word.
The CGC Ohana