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JavaJog Goes Global!

March, 2017 – After a one year hiatus, the Java Jog for a Cause event is back in Seattle and ready to welcome coffee aficionados, runners, walkers and friends for this annual fun run and fundraiser. Since 2013 Java Jog for a Cause has raised more than $75,000 for women in coffee growing communities in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year, Java Jog organizers are pleased to announce that the theme for the 2017 run is Global and encourages women’s groups from around the world to apply for the money that is earned through this year’s race.

“It’s so exciting to open up the grant process and broaden our scope to have a global reach,” explains co-founder Beth Ann Caspersen. “We have enjoyed such tremendous success in years past as we raised money for women in coffee growing communities. What is exciting about this year’s event is we have invited women’s groups in coffee producing countries from all corners of the world to apply for our grants. All of the funds that earn from the runners go directly to the grants we award.”

Over the past 4 years, the impact of both larger and smaller grants has been tremendous — from the support of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance in the DRC, who directly supported the Tuungane cooperative to help construct their first washing station in 2014, to our grant to Girls Gotta Run in Ethiopia, which provided Athletic Scholarships for girls and micro-business grants to each of their households, while directly impacting nearly 150 family members in the Wolita coffee-growing region of Ethiopia. “We are really proud of the grants we have supported and the women’s groups that are putting the funds to great use,” adds Caspersen of their progress.

“But, she adds, “we can’t do it without you! Java Jog for a Cause needs your support.”

Here’s how can you support Java Jog for a Cause:

  • Sign up to be a runner or walker,
  • Volunteer on the day of the race: Sign up here, to help out on race day.
  • Sponsor a runner: Visit the Crowdrise site and sponsor a runner.
  • Donate to one of the fundraisers on Crowdrise
  • Give us a shout of support and spread the word on social media, @javajog, #javajog2017!

Java Jog for a Cause Race Details:

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017

Who: Anyone can participate!
Time: 7:00am 10K Run; 7:30am 5K Run and Walk
Location: South Lake Union Park (Transportation details here)
Register: To register, visit SCA Global Coffee Expo or JavaJog.org

Fundraising:  We will again work through Crowdrise to help collect donations for JavaJog 2017. Teams and individuals are encouraged to spread the word and collect donations.  Prizes will be awarded for the top three fundraisers this year. Start your fundraiser or support a runner at the JavaJog Crowdrise page

Pack Your Running Shoes: JavaJog Returns to Seattle April 21st

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Don’t forget to pack your running shoes! JavaJog returns to Seattle this April in conjunction with the SCA Global Specialty Coffee Expo. Since 2013, JavaJog has brought together hundreds of coffee aficionados, runners, walkers and friends to raise more than $75,000 in support of coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia through local organizations on the ground.

After a year hiatus, the JavaJog organizing committee is committed to producing another great fun run and fundraiser. JavaJog 2017 will be held Friday, April 21st at South Lake Union Park in Seattle and will again focus on raising money for women in coffee growing regions from around the world.

“This year’s goal is to welcome 250 runners who will collectively raise $25,000 for projects to support women throughout the world,” explains Kimberly  Easson, a JavaJog co-founder.

“We are confident that our mission to connect women to the coffee community and funnel resources to projects that enable them to improve their position, their well-being and that of their families, farms, communities and organizations, will be met,” she added.

Adding to the race-day fun, will be Marcus Boni, who will join us again this year as the emcee. Boni is sure to have a few tricks up his sleeve, but expect to get ready for the race with a little pre-race warm ups and a few heats of our popular coffee bag sack races. Race-day coffee will be available, as will other vendors. Be sure to challenge your friends and colleagues to make this the biggest and best JavaJog event ever — set up a lively competition for the fastest runner, craziest costume, or highest fundraiser.

Established early in 2013 by Kimberly Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen, and Aimee Russillo. The Founders’ Run was held in Boston with 15 runners and raised $7500, which was donated to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmer’s cooperative in South Kivu, DRC. JavaJog 2014 raised more than $35,000 for coffee-farming women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The $23,000 raised in the 2015 JavaJog for a Cause has been awarded to two organizations working to better the lives of women in coffee growing communities in Ethiopia: Grounds for Health in partnership with Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and the Girls Gotta Run Foundation.

Thank you to our current JavaJog 2017 Gold Sponsors: Equal Exchange and Baratza. For information about sponsorship levels, contact javajog@gmail.com

Join us again this year at South Lake Union Park for fun, camaraderie and a great cause! Race start times are 7am for the 10K, and 7:30am for the 5K.

To register, visit SCA Global Coffee Expo or JavaJog.org

Start your fundraiser or support a runner at the JavaJog Crowdrise page.

 

Back by popular demand! JavaJog Seattle 2017

JavaJog returns again to Seattle this April in conjunction with the annual Expo of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). Join us Friday April 21st at South Lake Union Park ~ race start times are 7am for the 10K, and 7:30am for the 5K.

This popular SCAA event has brought together hundreds of coffee aficionados, runners, walkers and friends to raise more than $75,000 in the first three races. These funds have been put to work in support of coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia through local organizations on the ground. Read more about the grants here.

Join us again this year at South Lake Union Park for fun, camaraderie and a great cause!

SPONSORS INVITED

Get the Race Details here.

REGISTER through the Global Specialty Coffee Expo registration process, or here.

Set up a fundraiser or sponsor a runner/walker here.

JavaJog Comes to Dublin as Part of World of Coffee

Come one, come all! 

Join your friends, coffee colleagues and competitors for a fun run/walk – all for a great cause!  The 2016 JavaJog coincides with the biggest coffee show ever to happen in Dublin, The World of Coffee. 

We expect more than 100 participants to join in the fun, and to help us raise more than $7500 for projects that support women in coffee producing communities.

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Sandymount Beach, Dublin

The race will take place on the scenic beach at Sandymount, just a short distance from the conference site, at 8:30am Saturday, June 25th.

Set up a lively competition for the fastest runner, craziest costume, highest fundraiser – challenge your friends and colleagues to make this the biggest and best JavaJog event ever.

At previous events in conjunction with  SCAA Expos in Boston and Seattle (in 2013, 2014 and 2015), more than 200 runners and walkers have come together – and in total raised more than $75,000 for great causes.

REGISTER! for the 5K run/walk or 10K

FUNDRAISE! DONATE! Set up your fundraising page, or donate – and check out our easy fundraising tips.

 

 

Java Jog for a Cause 2015 Announces Grant Recipients

$23,000 raised in the 2015 JavaJog for a Cause has been awarded to two organizations working to better the lives of women in coffee growing communities in Ethiopia: Grounds for Health in partnership with Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and the Girls Gotta Run Foundation. More than 200 runners and walkers collected the funds that will now be used to support two inspiring projects and benefit nearly 2000 women in Ethiopia.

 JavaJog for a cause 2015 grant recipients include:

 GroundsGFH_logo_white-background-taglinefor Health – $18,000:  In Ethiopia, Grounds for Health is partnering with the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU) as well as the Sidama Zone Health Department and Regional Health Bureau of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) to establish a cervical cancer screening and treatment program, addressing a critical gap in women’s health services in Ethiopia, where there are approximately 20 million women at risk for cervical cancer and 5,000 preventable deaths expected in 2015. Funding from Java Jog would be used to reach 2,898 women aged 30-49 in the communities of the Telamo Coffee Cooperative with education and direct provision of screening and treatment services. Funds will cover professional services, medical supplies and procedures, medical equipment, training, and various other costs associated with the screening and treatment program.

GGRF_Icon_FINAL_webGirls Gotta Run Foundation – $5,000: The GGRF Savings Group Project will establish savings groups with women in coffee growing regions, providing them with greater access to financial resources, business training and female mentorship.

As a result, these women will be better able to invest this saved money back into their community through micro-loans and grants to small businesses. The proposed GGRF Savings Group Project will work directly with disenfranchised and at risk women in coffee growing regions in Ethiopia, building upon their successful GGRF Athletic Scholarship Program, increasing community impact.  The JavaJog grant funds will support 55 women, providing financial security for their 275+ family members.  The funds will directly impact roughly 350 community members.

The JavaJog Organizing Committee is looking forward to getting the funds on the ground so that our efforts can make a difference in so many women’s lives.  Thanks to the many JavaJoggers and their supporters who have made this possible.

Plans are underway for the 4th Annual Race to take place in Atlanta in April 2016.
To learn more about the cause, visit JavaJog for a Cause. For more information about the race, or sponsorship opportunities, please email javajog@gmail.com

 

JavaJog Announces 2015 Grant Review Committee Members

JavaJog is pleased to announce the members of the 2015 Grant Review Committee!  All three members continue their service from 2014.

The Committee is convened by the JavaJog Advisory Council to ensure a transparent and credible grants selection process and is  made up of independent external experts who review proposals and make recommendations to the Advisory Committee on the programs to be funded. This year’s committee is made up of three members, with background in the coffee industry, development arena, and individuals with direct experience in East African coffee and development programs.

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Members

Charlene Lewey, President-Lodestar Consulting, Board Chair Food4 Farmers: Charlene recently formed Lodestar Consulting which is focused on financial management, sales and broker management, revenue optimization, trade promotion effectiveness, pricing strategies and development of operational processes to support efficient and effective selling.   This was after a 16 year career at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig Green Mountain) where she was Sr. Director of Order to Cash processes. She has also served as Treasurer on the board of directors for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and is currently Chairman of the Board of Food4Farmers. These organizations are both focused on increasing economic opportunity for coffee growers to enable them to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

Nate Schaffran, Senior Vice President of Lending, Root Capital: Nate oversees Root Capital’s lending operations in Latin America and Africa. He previously served as Root Capital’s Vice President for Africa from 2007-2012, launching our operations on the continent, opening regional offices, and building a $20M portfolio. Nate has previously worked in value chain sustainability at Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva in Nicaragua, and at Fair Trade USA. He holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and BAs in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College.

George Watene, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, 4C Association: George is responsible for managing and strengthening the M&E function in the 4C Association. This includes overall development and management of the M&E program, defining intended change, organizational learning from the program, reporting and stakeholder liaison. He is also the contact point for issues and questions relating to the program. Prior to joining 4C Association George was the Regional Certification Manager at Technoserve’s East Africa Coffee Initiative and before that he served as the acting General Manager of Africert Limited. George holds an MSC in Environment and Resource Management from the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universitiet, Amsterdam, and a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi.

We are grateful to these individuals for their service and support of JavaJog!

GRANT APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH JUNE 15, 2015

Its Time to Invest the $25,000 Raised for Coffee Women in Ethiopia

Funding Proposals Now Being Accepted!

WOW ~ This year’s JavaJoggers raised $25,000 through donations from friends, family and colleagues from near and far!  Now its time to embark on the grants process that will decide which worthy projects will receive the funds.

We have already invited several organizations to submit proposals, and the process is open to others that meet the criteria described in the grant protocols. Please help spread the word!

Here is a snapshot of this year’s timeline:

  • April/May: JavaJog invites up to organizations to submit funding proposals
  • May: Grant Review Committee members confirmed
  • 15th June 2015: Funding proposals due, JavaJog Advisory Council assembles and compiles
  • 25th of June 2015: All proposals that meet basic criteria sent to external Grant Review Committee for independent review
  • Grant Committee meets virtually to discuss proposals and make final recommendations to JavaJog Advisory Committee by 24th of July
  • 3rd of August: recipients announced. Signing of contracts between JavaJog and Grant Recipients.
  • Funds disbursed by end of August
  • Initial report due December 2015 with pictures
  • Final report due with pictures and end financials Feb 2016

We look forward to receiving and reviewing proposals for this year’s funds, and keeping the JavaJog community apprised of the progress.

Thanks for all you do, JavaJog supporters!

 

“Ask Not What Coffee Can Do For You…

…But what you can do for Ethiopia’s coffee women.”  These words from Elizabeth Goldblatt of Six Degrees Coffee have been key to her fundraising success. She has so far raised $3,500, surpassing her goal of $3,000.  Elizabeth continues to seek donations and challenge others to help us meet our goal of $40,000.  Donations for JavaJog for a Cause are being accepted through April 30th.

In recognition as JavaJog 2015’s top fundraiser, she won a stylish  Virtuoso Grinder  donated by Baratza.  “The Virtuoso lives up to its name by providing technical skill, classic style and a consistent, quality grind.”  Lucky Elizabeth will enjoy this grinder “that’s truly in a class all by itself. ”

Elizabeth’s motto #justask and assuring that no donation is too small – have encouraged her supporters to make donations ranging from $10 to $500.  “Coffee connects us.  Its so vital, if we don’t take care of origin, we’re in deep trouble. Everyone can contribute.” This is the second year that Elizabeth has won the top-fundraiser award.

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We thank Baratza for the generous donation of the grinder and Elizabeth for her fundraising prowess and tenacity!  Well done!

3rd Annual Java Jog a Success, Raising Money for Ethiopia

By Laura Everage, Family Eats (Reprinted from the SCAA Chronicle, April 12, 2015)

The 3rd annual Java Jog for a Cause was held Friday morning, April 10, 2015 at South Lake Union Park in Seattle. Nearly 200 runners joined the early morning 10k/5k run which brought together the coffee community for a fun event that helped raise money for a great cause.

This year, Java Jog fundraising efforts will benefit the women of coffee growing communities in Ethiopia. To date, team and individual runners have raised nearly $25,000 for the cause.

Funds raised from Java Jog 2015 will be invested in organizations that work locally to address issues facing Ethiopian women in a variety of areas such as health, productivity, training, leadership, and advocacy. Java Jog organizers are working with coffee partners on the ground in Ethiopia, identifying potential recipients for this year’s funds. Key groups have been invited to submit proposals, which will be reviewed by an independent committee. Reports of the use of the funds will be made public on the Java Jog website.

“Our goal with Java Jog is to help empower women in coffee-growing communities as they struggle against political turmoil, domestic violence, lack of education, insufficient access to healthcare, and much more. We are thankful to all the sponsors, supporters, and runners of Java Jog 2015 whose efforts will benefit the women of Ethiopia,” said Kimberly Easson, one of the founders of Java Jog.

Java Jog for a Cause was established in 2013 by Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen, and Aimee Russillo. The Founders’ Run was held in Boston with 15 runners and raised $7500, which was donated to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmers’ cooperative in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Java Jog 2014 benefitted coffee-farming women in the DRC as well.

Java Jog for a Cause 2015 is generously sponsored by StarbucksMetad PlcEqual ExchangeBaratzaSpark Coffee TechnologiesSchluterEquator Coffees & Teas and Roast Magazine. Donations will continue to be accepted until April 30. To support the cause, visit the JavaJog Crowdrise site. To learn more about the cause, visit JavaJog.org.

Laura Everage is a writer, editor, and the founder of FamilyEats.net.