|Once again, when I sit and take a moment to reflect upon the generosity of all contributors throughout this last year, I am struck by how fortunate I am to live in such a heart filled and generous community. Thanks to the help of local establishments and a number of private contributors, we ended 2018 with 500 pounds of donated coffee to the Welcome Table/Respite center at Haywood St. Congregation!
I can’t begin to stress how big of an accomplishment this is in the first year of organizing the collective. But more to the point, how much the collective has offset the cost of goods for Haywood St. and delighted the community it serves. Just to give a perspective, if all of the coffee given was the cheapest coffee available it would still top around $3,750 in savings for the year. But based on the value of what was given, we have easily collected over $7,000 in delicious, quality coffee. This is the magic of what happens when businesses join together in light of helping their community. The savings is only part of the picture. There is so much more that happens when someone walks away with an experience of delight in something as simple as a cup of coffee. The thing that is typically just viewed as morning fuel is enjoyed in a way that we all wish for everyone. The Coffee Collective has provided that experience for countless people, countless times throughout this past year.
This means we have 2019 to look forward to and beating that mark! Spread the word about the Coffee Collective to colleagues in the coffee community and let’s continue to serve warmth and love to our friends at Haywood Street!