This fall, the San Francisco Access Cares team decided to combine two of their favorite things: having fun and helping others. Five staff members from Access SF volunteered to bartend for three hours at a great local bar, Soda Popinski’s, with all the tips from their shifts going directly to Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping kids in America and around the world.

Access SFers and friends flooded the bar to support their colleagues/guest bartenders Emily Wakefield, Carolyn Linck, Maggie Quinn, Rebecca Jewell and Francheska Munoz. From draft beers to dirty martinis and Fireball shots – the Access bartenders served it all. Ultimately, a whopping $407 was raised for Save the Children – more than two dollars for every minute Access was bartending.

This money will help Save the Children continue the great work they do. The organization’s programs include health and education services, as well as disaster relief and readiness. In 2014 alone, the organization worked in 120 countries, including the United States, and helped more than 166 million kids. Some other impressive statistics from the organization’s work in 2014 include:

  • Education programs reached 8 million children around the world
  • Work led to more than 5 million lifesaving health interventions for children in 34 countries
  • Responded to 103 humanitarian crises around the world including conflicts, disease outbreaks, floods, earthquakes and cyclones

A huge thank you to all who made this event a success, as well to the patient staff at Soda Popinski’s for training the novice Access bartenders. For more information on Save the Children and the amazing work they do, please visit their website.