The City of Abilene and United Way are hosting Coffee for a Cause including coffee from Monk’s Coffee Shop and a coffee bean “bath.”
For the last 60 years, United Way of Abilene has been serving the Big Country area and has provided many ways to outreach. Coffee for a Cause, will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday at Vera Minter Park. The coffee event replaces an annual luncheon honoring those members of the Big Country who have done great things for Abilene and its surrounding communities. The event will replace a luncheon with a coffee and donut breakfast. We are going to recognize companies and agencies that have completed United Way campaigns and have raised money.
“I am so thankful for the generosity of this community,” said Dr. Cathy Ashby, president and CEO of United Way of Abilene, said in a news release. Several local celebrities and community champions will partake in the Bean Bath.
The bath will act as a fundraiser with each member getting in a trough full of coffee beans with only one way to get out by raising $500. Volunteers will direct dollars by community members to all local programs.
“We thank those that have already made a financial commitment to United Way and are excited for what’s to come,” Ashby said.
Monk’s Coffee Shop on Cypress Street will provide coffee for the event as well as sponsorship. Another sponsor is H-E-B.
Bethany Ashlock, community impact and marketing director, said United Way serves the community through campaigns that start in August.
“We report our yearly financial goals and how much we’ve raised and how much is left to go,” she said.
United Way of Abilene also participates in other charities with 25 community partners and nonprofit agencies funded by the United Way such as the Alliance for Women and Children. The alliance provides programs to empower women and children by educating and assisting women to be health-conscious and self-sufficient and providing a nurturing and safe environment for school-aged children.
United Way’s mission is to improve lives and empower the community by mobilizing the caring power of West Central Texas.