If you’re willing to venture out for coffee on this snowy day in Harrisburg, you may find not just a warm brew, but a warm message.
For the fourth year, Bethesda Mission and nine Harrisburg-area coffee shops are hoping to rally community pride and support for the mission through the #iheartHBG campaign.
Throughout February, each to-go cup will have a sleeve, at participating shops, with that slogan. Bethesda is encouraging patrons to post pictures of their cups on social media and tag the organization.
“In the work that we do Harrisburg, we are always trying to help the community,” said Jessica Henry, Bethesda Mission’s communications specialist. “We really wanted to extend that and bring awareness to the organization.”
There are donation jars at every location, and each cup sleeve has a QR code that directs people to an online giving option. Funds this year will support the Bethesda Women’s Mission Renewal Project.
Demolition began in June on the 120-year-old pair of buildings that make up the women’s mission on the 1900-block of Forster Street. The mission provides long-term and transitional living for women in crisis to seek restoration and growth.
The buildings currently are undergoing construction and renovation and should be complete in the fall, Henry said. She added that they are close to their fundraising goal and donations from this campaign could help with the last bit of money needed.
Bethesda hopes the campaign not only assists their efforts in the community, but supports local businesses, as well.
“We love that it incorporates small businesses and encourages people to be patrons of small businesses,” Henry said. “The need is greater now than ever for us and for them.”
Barista Zac Brady slipped a coffee in an #iheartHBG sleeve at Little Amps on Green Street on Monday morning.
“We are down for the city and know the mission is doing good things,” he said. “Any way we can help out.”
The following shops are participating in the #iheartHBG campaign:
- Capital Joe, 36 West Main St., Mechanicsburg
- Cornerstone Coffeehouse, 2133 Market St., Camp Hill
- Elementary Coffee Co., Broad Street Market and 256 North St., Harrisburg
- Little Amps, 1836 Green St. and 133 State St., Harrisburg
- One Good Woman, 1801 Market St., Camp Hill
- The Pennsylvania Bakery, 1713 Market St., Camp Hill
- St. Thomas Roasters, 5951 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg
- Tomato Pie Café, 3950 Tecport Dr., Harrisburg
- Urban Churn, 1004 N 3rd St., Harrisburg
For more information about the #iheartHBG campaign, visit https://www.bethesdamission.org/event/i-heart-hbg/.
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