Ames Shop for a Cause Benefits Story County Nonprofits
Buyers can feel even better about their purchases as Ames Main Street holds its second annual edition Buy for a cause in downtown Ames on Saturday, organizers said.
“This is a great opportunity to connect our downtown businesses with our non-profit sector,” said Sarah Dvorsky, Executive Director of Ames Main Street. “Our nonprofits are helping our community so much, and we’re so excited that we have a way to give back to them.”
Over a dozen companies partner with nonprofits and help them in a variety of ways. The Octagon Center for the Arts, for example, will collect art supplies for NAMI Central Iowa, while ZW Mercantile will collect donations and have information on the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens.
“It’s up to the business and the nonprofit to decide how they’re going to support each other,” Dvorsky said. “Whether it’s a food drive or profits donated to an organization, it’s really great to see the relationship between businesses and nonprofits grow. “
The Ames Community Arts Council is partnering with Morning Bell Coffee Roasters for the second year. Morning Bell will have 20 bags of special blend coffee which they will sell for $ 20 each. All proceeds from the sale of these bags will go to the Ames Community Arts Council.
Jennifer Brockpahler, director of the Arts Council, said a donation of this size had a real impact on the organization’s ability to serve both artists and art lovers in the community.
“This is just one example of Morning Bell’s commitment to the community,” she said, “and perhaps more specifically to the arts community, as they have always allowed us to organize events. events in their space while featuring local and regional artists of all kinds in their space each month.
“We are also very happy to see them succeed as Iowa’s first worker co-op. It’s a creative group coming together to continue to bring great coffee to Ames, and we can’t wait to see what happens next. “
Shop for a Cause creates a win-win situation for participating nonprofits and businesses, she said.
“People are drawn to downtown and participating businesses by an event that benefits some of their favorite organizations, and organizations have a wonderful opportunity to showcase who they are and what they do,” said Brockpahler . “It’s also an opportunity for businesses to show their support for the community at large, even beyond what they bring to Main Street. “
Ames Main Street offers free parking in downtown Ames on Saturdays.
“We really encourage people to go out, shop and dine,” Dvorsky said. “It’s also a great opportunity to learn about local nonprofits that exist. “
A list of participating businesses and non-profit organizations
- Morning Bell Coffee Roasters + Ames Community Arts Council, 111 Main Street – Morning Bell will make 20 bags of the ACAC Special Blend, with all proceeds from the sale of these bags going to the Ames Community Arts Council.
- Little Woods Herbal + Story County Conservation, 136 Main Street – 10% of all Saturday sales will be donated to Story County Conservation.
- Dogged Books + Raising Readers in Story County, 203 Main Street – Dog-Eared Books will collect cash donations for Raising Readers of Story County.
- Leash Treats + Story County Animal Shelter, 216 Main Street – A portion of the day’s sales will be donated to Story County Animal Shelter.
- Moorish dressmakers + Art of friendship, 226 Main Street
- Duck Worth Wear + Elevating Readers, 232 Main Street
- The Loft + Habitat for Humanity, 233 Main Street
- Gilger Designs + The Bridge House, 236 Main Street – A representative from The Bridge Home will be on hand to talk about the organization.
- ZW Mercantile + Iowa Arboretum & Gardens, 301 Main St. – Guests will be able to donate to the Iowa Arboretum and learn more about the local organization.
- Nook & Nest + The Bridge Home, 309 Main Street
- Cooks’ Emporium + Mid-Iowa Community Action, 313 Main St. – Customers receive $ 5 off a purchase of $ 25 or more when they bring two or more non-perishable items to donate.
- Photosynthesis + Able Up Iowa, 317 Main St. – Customers receive 10% of all sales, including orders for greeting cards and photo gifts made at this event. These funds will be donated to Able Up Iowa.
- Great Harvest Bakery & Cafe + Food at First, 502 Burnett Ave. – 20% of the day’s proceeds will be donated to Food at First.
- Ames History Museum + Overflow Thrift, 416 Douglas Ave.
- The Octagon Center for the Arts + NAMI Central Iowa, 427 Douglas Ave. – The Octagon is collecting new art supplies for NAMI in central Iowa. Supplies can be purchased at the Octagon Gift Shop or bring in new art supplies from elsewhere.