In April 2020, even as uncertainty and panic over the Covid-19 Pandemic swept Arizona, Empower Coffee Roasters opened its doors in Mesa, AZ. Founders Zach and Denise were on a mission to empower women, bean by bean, and their determination to support women was not to be stopped, not even by an unprecedented international crisis.
Here are 4 ways Empower Coffee Roasters stepped up to support women during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
- Donating a percentage of proceeds to support the work of Live & Learn! Empower Coffee Roasters donated 5% of all sales from November 2020 to March 2021 to Live & Learn. This support is critical to Live & Learn women working to get back on their feet and continue their education and career, even as the pandemic rages on.
- Collecting school supplies for Live & Learn women going to college! With every purchase of coffee, Empower Coffee Roasters gave supplies like pens and notebooks, which were packaged as ‘College Readiness Kits’ for Live & Learn women going back to school while balancing work and raising their kids. Costs of school supplies can be prohibitive, and College Readiness Kits remove that obstacle.
- Highlighting the stories of women who empower women. Every Wednesday, Empower Coffee Roasters highlights a woman who empowers other women. It’s an inspiring way to show how everyone can make a difference by using their unique talents! Check out the stories and get inspired here.
- Roasting incredible coffee, sourced from women-owned farms. If you’re going to fight for gender equality, racial and economic equality, healthcare access, domestic violence protection reform, educational reform, quality childcare – phew, you’re going to need some caffeine. Empower Coffee Roasters purchases their coffee beans from women-owned coffee farms around the world. You can read more about the coffee farmers here.
The Covid-19 Pandemic has been disastrous for Arizona women financially, educationally, and mentally. Domestic violence homicide in Maricopa County is up over 180%1. Fourteen times2 as many children are hungry as in 2019. Women’s job loss is setting gender economic equality back a generation3. But community champions like Empower Coffee Roasters are meeting these unprecedented challenges. Thank you, Empower Coffee Roasters, for investing in the community, believing in Live & Learn, and empowering women every day!