Jackie Kemble is the gift that keeps on giving! In her role as Land-Grant’s Community Partnership Manager, Jackie spends a lot of time listening to the needs of our neighbors and the community at large, and makes sure to give back to the best of Land-Grant’s ability. Jackie is as smart as she is generous–so, pop into the brewery on any given Sunday and pick her brain on every topic from philanthropy to Cicerone Certification. Cheers to Jackie!
Name: Jackie Kemble
Position: Community Partnership Manager
How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I’ve been here for a little over 2 years!
What is it you do here?
Here at Land-Grant, I steward our philanthropic giving and community engagement. I’m lucky to be able to work with a lot of amazing organizations. I listen to people in our neighborhood and community about the different issues that affect them, and work with individuals and organizations to see how we can assist them. I also coordinate our Community Happy Hours, which are days that we open the taproom (Mondays through Wednesdays) to nonprofit initiatives under the tiers of Education, Community Building and Sustainability. We give groups dedicated, cost-free space to educate people about their initiatives, and then donate up to 20% of the proceeds from the evening to their cause. I have the best job here (I think so, anyways).
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
My favorite aspect of my job is meeting so many people who do amazing things in my hometown. I love Columbus – I grew up here, went to OSU and have worked here ever since. It’s an amazing city, and that’s because of all of the amazing people that work and live here. From the community initiatives to the Columbus Crew (#SaveTheCrew!), there are always people willing to listen, work hard and lend their collaborative spirit to get things done. Also, beer. I’m Cicerone Beer Server Certified and this place is a like playground for beer nerds and domestic lovers alike.
You have had the privilege of working with a lot of amazing non-profits/community groups, what have been some of your most rewarding community collaborations?
I would have to say that the work we do with Pelotonia is extremely rewarding. We’ve donated over $20,000 in our three short years to an issue that seemingly affects everyone – whether it’s you or someone you love. If I had to pick one thing though, it would be working in Franklinton. All of the passionate people that make this neighborhood great by waking up every day and serving the community – they’re the best. We’ve donated the outside sales from our Anniversary Party to Franklinton Gardens (now Franklinton Farms) for the last 2 years, and the direct community impact that they provide is almost immeasurable. In fact, Franklinton Farms is one of the sole providers of fresh produce to low-income communities like Franklinton. We are so proud to work with them.
What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
That’s a toss-up between Friday and Sunday. Friday because everyone is so happy to be here – they’re not at work, they get to eat Ray Ray’s Barbecue, we almost always have something new on tap, and our bartenders are hands-down the nicest, most knowledgable bar staff in Columbus. It’s the best place to start your weekend!
Personally though, I love Sunday. This is a perfect spot to have a lazy Sunday afternoon beer with (more!) Ray Ray’s. We see people in here playing cards or board games, catching up with friends or watching football. The vibe is so relaxed, but still fun. It’s really nice to want to hang out where you work – you’ll see a lot of us in here even though we don’t have to be.
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