Squatters Craft Beers and Can’d Aid Partner to Provide Art Kits to Children in Foster Care

November 22, 2019


200 Art Kits Assembled by Volunteers, Donated to Utah Foster Care

Salt Lake City, Utah (November 22, 2019) Squatters Craft Beers hosted a do-goodery happy hour on Wednesday, November 20, during which volunteers joined Can’d Aid in assembling art kits for children in foster care and youth recently removed from their homes.

While volunteers sipped Squatters beers, they assembled 200 art kits for donation to Utah Foster Care, an organization based on developing innovative strategies to help recruit, train and retain foster families. Utah Foster Care’s vision is for children who must spend time out-of-home to have “safe, loving, and stable homes until they can be reunited with their families or placed in a permanent adoptive home.”

“Engaging with an art project can help a child get creative, learn something new and be inspired,” said Can’d Aid Director Diana Ralston. “Art benefits all kids, but especially kids who are going through a trying time, who may be able to better process their emotions and find self-confidence and comfort in art.”

Kits included a paint set, a drawing pad, markers, chalk, crayons, and pencils provided by Can’d Aid, an organization that spreads grass-roots, people powered do-goodery nationwide, and focuses on four main initiative areas: Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama. Volunteers were encouraged to include an inspiring message.

If you missed the event but you’d still like to help get art kits into the hands of deserving kids, you can sponsor an art kit for $11. Your donation will provide a child in foster care with a creative outlet. Please consider donating here: http://bit.ly/2UOaqEG

“Squatters has always been a big proponent of creativity and local arts – the fact that we get to help kids makes this even better,” said Maxwell Christen, Squatters’ Marketing Manager.

Squatters is proud to contribute to the Salt Lake City community and beyond through partnerships with organizations like Can’d Aid and Utah Foster Care. To see more upcoming Squatters events, follow along on facebook, or email Maxwell Christen with questions at mchristen@squatters.com.

About Squatters Craft Beers
Jeff Polychronis and Peter Cole founded Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City’s original brew pub in 1989. In 2000, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery merged their brewing operations for draft, bottle and can production. The company currently operates five full-service pubs and a brewery tap room. To date, Squatters and Wasatch have brought home 18 World Beer Cups awards and 30 Great American Beer Festival medals. In 2010, Utah Brewers Cooperative received the prestigious U.S. Mid-Size Brewery of the Year award from the Brewers Association.

In 2017, Squatters and Wasatch joined a group of independent and like-minded craft brewers, known collectively as CANarchy. Sister breweries include Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing, Deep Ellum Brewing and Three Weavers Brewing Company.

Squatters and Wasatch packaged and draft beers are available in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Montana and Kansas. For more information, please visit www.squatters.com and www.wasatchbeers.com, and follow @squattersbeers and @wasatchbeers on social media.

About Can’d Aid
Can’d Aid is all about spreading people powered do-goodery through Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama efforts nationwide. Since its inception in 2013, more than 1.6 million cans of water have been shipped post-disaster, over 3,500 bikes have been built for underprivileged youth, 2,000 instruments have been donated and the equivalent of 33 million cans recycled. To donate, join the do-goodery or find out more, please visit candaid.org.

About Utah Foster Care
Utah Foster Care (UFC) is a private 501(c)(3) (our W-9 Form) created by the Utah legislature and Governor Mike Leavitt in 1999. Our mission is to develop innovative strategies to help recruit, train, and retain foster families. UFC fulfills this mission through a contract with the Utah’s Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS).

When the Legislature and Governor Mike Leavitt created UFC, they envisioned a state where children who must spend time in out-of-home care are offered safe, loving, and stable homes until they can be reunited with their families or placed in a permanent adoptive home. Utah Foster Care has recruited and trained more than 12,000 families since its inception.