Blog · November 09, 2018
Gourmondo Joins togetherSEATTLE Movement
Gourmondo Co. has joined forces with togetherSEATTLE to support of one of the most important human rights issues of our time.
Along with nearly 100 other Seattle restaurants and businesses, Gourmondo will donate 10% of its proceeds from Wednesday, November 14th to the NW Immigrant Rights Project, a Washington state-based non-profit that has been defending and advancing the rights of immigrants in Washington State since 1984 and serves over 20,000 community members from over 130 countries every year.
"As a Seattle food business that employs numerous immigrants, we know that we are stronger because of our employees,” says our founder Alissa Leinonen. “In fact, Gourmondo would not be where it is today without their tireless effort and valuable contributions. We feel it is important, as a company, to stand alongside our co-workers and to support an organization that works to support their rights.”
Together Seattle was founded by a group of chefs and food entrepreneurs with the belief that all people deserve access to justice, protection from violence and the opportunity to stay together with family, no matter where they were born or how much money they have. Gourmondo has a special reason for joining the cause, as well.
“I am a 4th generation Seattleite,” Alissa continues. “My great-great grandmother emigrated to the United States from Italy and my great grandfather, Dr. Xavier DeDonato, moved to Seattle and became the main physician for a growing immigrant population that settled in Pioneer Square. I'm grateful that my ancestors landed in a country where hard work and determination were rewarded with opportunity. Where basic human rights were celebrated and protected."
“I opened Gourmondo to create a business that offered high-quality products in an environment that supported working families. And over the last 22 years, we've created a family-like environment in which all individuals are respected." Gourmondo has been a proud supporter of the Washington chapter of the ACLU since February 2017, raising thousands of dollars via its boxed lunch program.
The largest legal-services organization serving low-income immigrants and refugees in the Pacific Northwest, NW Immigrant Rights Project provides legal representation and assistance to immigrants, including representing people who are seeing protection from deportation, safety from violence, the ability to reunite with loved ones, citizenship, or new opportunities in work and education.