Honoring Our Communities: A Year in Review

In 1910, Norman “Cap” Saurage opened a small general store in the Dixie neighborhood of Baton Rouge. With a fresh pot of free coffee always available, the store became a gathering place for the community.

By 1919, the coffee became so well-liked by the store’s customers that Cap started grinding and packaging the coffee himself. Cap decided to name the blend “Community Coffee” out of appreciation for his community of friends and the customers he served.

Giving back and maintaining that commitment to community is more than important to us—it’s part of our DNA. In honor of the upcoming New Year, we thought we’d take a look back at how Community Coffee Company gave back to communities across the globe in 2018.

Folds of Honor
Through the online #CommunityCares campaign, Community Coffee Company and its amazing customers raised $20,000 for Folds of Honor. Community also donated an additional $5,000 in honor of Southwest Airlines® employees, providing a total of $25,000 to support educational scholarships for the children and spouses of fallen and disabled U.S. service members.

Community Cash for Schools®

This year, more than 800 schools throughout the Southeastern United States participated in the Community Cash for Schools® program and earned over $328,500 for their teachers and students. The top earning school, Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School in Lafayette, LA, earned $6,800 alone! These funds are used for programs and initiatives that best serve students’ needs, like new playground equipment, textbooks, computers, whiteboards and school events. Check out our Community Cash for Schools® page to learn more.

Hurricane and Flood Relief Efforts

Together with The Salvation Army and the USO of North Carolina, we aided those affected by Hurricane Florence the best way we know how – with plenty of hot, fresh coffee. Community Coffee employees were on the ground days after the storm with the USO following the National Guard to support their rescue operations. We also supported recovery efforts related to the destruction left by Hurricane Michael in Florida. The Community Coffee trolley was in Tallahassee and Panama City, making sure that first responders, military personnel, and evacuees all had a hot cup of coffee to remind them that people care. Between Hurricane Florence and Michael, 46,000 cups of Community® coffee were served.

Military Match
With the close of 2018, Community Coffee Company shipped more than 6.1 million cups of Community® coffee to active-duty military personnel around the world through its Military Match program. The program, founded in 2004, puts an inventive twist on care packages and helps give troops a cup of home no matter where they are. When a customer orders four bags or boxes of Community® coffee from our Military Match program, we automatically double the order to any overseas or stateside military base address.

In an effort to further its commitment to sustainability, Community Coffee Company’s Coffee Service Division moved to new eco-friendly ThermoLite™ cups this year. In addition, Community transitioned to LED lighting in its offices, plants and facilities, which saved 2.8 million kilowatts of energy and reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 1,900 tons. Community also continued its support of sustainable sourcing and land preservation through a number of programs and partnerships, like its Toledo and Labateca program.

USO of North Carolina
For the past four years, Community Coffee has partnered with the USO of North Carolina to provide coffee for each of the USO of NC’s 10 locations and to fund critical programs and services for military families. This October, Community Coffee was the presenting sponsor of the USO of NC’s annual Salute to Freedom gala, which honors outstanding service members from each branch of the military. As a sponsor of this year’s USO of NC’s Holiday for Heroes event, Community also enabled 400 military families in Raleigh, NC to receive presents from Santa.