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Influencing change; one cup at a time

In April, patrons of Mochas & Javas drank their morning-time beverages, not only for the caffeine-jolt, but in benefit of our community!

Local coffee shop, Mochas & Javas, hosted the 2nd Annual Coffee Day with United Way, a one-day fundraiser, during which 10% of the day's total proceeds were donated to United Way of Hays County programs and partners. United Way staff worked as “guest baristas” serving up guests’ favorite drinks, and sharing information about United Way programs.

"We believe that it is our responsibility as citizens of San Marcos and Hays County to give back to a community that has so graciously supported local businesses,” says Kevin Carswell, Owner of Mochas & Javas. “The United Way of Hays County makes a great partnership by keeping all donations or monies raised in Hays County, in Hays County. Keeping these funds within the county makes sense and is easy for us to support a generous and phenomenal organization, such as the United Way of Hays County. Their leadership team does an outstanding job and we enjoy working with Michelle and Ellen very much!"

Proceeds from the event will go toward local education, income and health programs that help strengthen families, individuals and children. Most notably, United Way of Hays County is actively working to increase school-readiness and early childhood literacy in Hays County by providing enhanced learning and literacy opportunities for young children. Each year UWHC serves more than 50,000 local residents through its programs and partners.

Coffee Day with United Way was a great opportunity to interact with customers and share with them the impact they can have in the community- just by purchasing a cup of coffee!” said Ellen Hoffman, Public Relations Coordinator, United Way of Hays County.

Mochas and Javas is one of various businesses that partners with United Way of Hays County to fundraise and garner awareness for its initiatives. Support from local merchants helps United Way of Hays County continue to further its mission of advancing the common good for Hays County residents.

“I love how simple it is that I'm just buying some coffee before work and a percentage goes toward a great cause. More businesses should do this,” said Zoe Eslinger, a frequent Mochas and Javas customer.

Businesses throughout Hays County are invited to collaborate similarly by hosting an awareness or fundraising event to benefit United Way of Hays County programs and partners. 

 “Partnering with UWHC is a fantastic way to raise awareness about your business while giving back to the community,” said Hoffman.

 For more information about United Way of Hays County programs and partners, or to have your business host a support event for United Way of Hays County, visit www.unitedwayhaysco.org or call (512) 353 1420.