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Columbia Bible College Hosts Coffee Morning

Given the recent developments surrounding COVID-19 and mindful of public safety around social gatherings, we have decided to postpone Coffee Morning for Matthew’s House until a later date.

Several years ago, Tina Richardson was working for a local business college when she was invited to host a Coffee Morning for Matthew’s House. It seemed like a wonderful way for the business to make a community connection.

“It really was a ‘no-brainer’,” she says. “Of course, we wanted to partner with and give back to the community while enjoying good coffee and treats!”

Richardson organized the event several times and enjoyed it so much that this year, she’s introducing it at her new place of work: Columbia Bible College, where she works as the Director of Admissions. It will be the first time that the college participates in the event.

Coffee Morning raises funds for Matthew’s House, a vital resource in our community providing care for youth aged 16-24 who live with complex care needs. The unique fundraiser is easy for organizations or businesses to host. Simply choose a day during the week of April 27 – May 1st to host your event, provide coffee and goodies for your guests, and let them know that it’s a fundraiser for Matthew’s House. Hosts are provided with a kit that includes everything needed for the event. Those who sign up before March 30th, can request to have Starbucks provide free coffee for your Coffee Morning.

“The Starbucks sponsorship makes hosting fun and easy,” Richardson says.

Evita Mora Perea, resource development associate for Matthew’s House, and Tina Richardson, director of admissions for Columbia Bible College, share a coffee from Starbucks. Tina is looking forward to hosting a Coffee Morning on campus.

Hosting the event at Columbia will give Richardson a larger space to work with and she’s already thinking about things she’ll do differently, like providing specific treats for those who have dietary challenges. If the weather cooperates, she might even hold the event outdoors. Richardson is excited about the opportunity that Coffee Morning will give students to connect with Communitas Supportive Care Society, the organization that facilitates the services at Matthew’s House.

“It’ll give students a chance to explore opportunities to volunteer or work with Communitas while raising awareness for a good cause that people can donate to, right here in their own community.” Tina Richardson, director of admissions for Columbia Bible College

When asked what she’d say to other businesses or organizations who might be considering hosting an event, she says it’s an easy way to do something good for your staff while also giving your staff a way to give back to their community.

“It’s a great way to have a ‘feel-good’ day and knowing that Coffee Morning supports Matthew’s House gives everyone a common conversation topic, no matter what their role in the organization.”

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