Huneebee Project – a non-profit social enterprise that teaches job skills to youth through beekeeping– will hold their first gala on Thursday September 30th at 6 PM at the 12 Percent Beer Project in Hamden with a goal to raise $50,000 to hire staff, grow the organization’s programming and services capacity, and for continued youth support and employment.
Since its founding in 2018, Huneebee Project has graduated 20 youth from its therapeutic job skills training program and has built and maintained 23 bee colonies across four community gardens. Huneebee currently employs seven youth as peer instructors, garden site managers, and beekeeping apprentices. This summer Huneebee hosted several free community workshops that invited people to don a bee suit, look inside living beehives, learn about bee biology and taste local honey.
“I founded Huneebee Project as a way to share my passion for beekeeping and its therapeutic benefits and to support youth in our community in leveraging their innate talents and skills,” said Huneebee Project founder and licensed clinical social worker Sarah Taylor. “As we continue to grow, our first gala is a major step towards helping us achieve necessary funding to expand our footprint.”
The evening’s festivities include a silent auction, entertainment by Fernanda and the Ephemeral (FaTE) and MC Onyeka Obiocha. The gala will feature a honey-centered small plates menu and wine and beer pairings. It is sponsored by Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.
To learn more, purchase tickets and to donate visit: http://www.huneebeeproject.com
Huneebee Project is proud to partner with Gather New Haven and the Yale Child Study Center.
About Huneebee Project
Huneebee Project is a non-profit social enterprise based in New Haven, CT. We educate our community about pollinators while also promoting equitable employment and healing opportunities for local youth with child protective and foster care involvement.