We know its difficult – or impossible – to sell items at your walk so we are offering free shipping directly to your supporters through November 15th. To take advantage of this offer and to advertise on your website and social media, you will need to request a coupon code from Suzanne@furnacehillscoffee.com. We have some great photos and buttons for you to add to your posts. Let us know what you need.
One of the best ways to take advantage of Buddy Walk Coffee as a fundraiser is to encourage interested members and fans of your local organization to purchase online. I will help you get set up with a link to put on your website as well as a group (or coupon) code for your members to use if they navigate to the Furnace Hills Coffee website directly. Please email me Suzanne@furnacehillscoffee.com if you have any questions about how this works.
Here’s what one of the Furnace Hills Coffee promotional efforts for Buddy Walk Coffee looks like on Facebook.
Furnace Hills Coffee uses social media to promote sales of Buddy Walk Coffee on a regular basis and was pleased to send its first donation check to the National Buddy Walk this summer! My goal is to assist you with online promotions that will benefit your organization.
Similar to bulk coffee sales, each pound of coffee sold online will generate $6 for your local organization. Furnace Hills Coffee will be running a free shipping promotion in October – National Down Syndrome Awareness Month! This is a great time to launch an online promotion to your local supporters. Sales that can be tracked to your organization (via your website or your group code) will generate a donation check from Furnace Hills Coffee at the end of the Buddy Walk Season.
Happy Buddy Walk Season!
My name is Suzanne McIntosh and I have raised three daughters in Northern Virginia with my husband, Steve. Our youngest, Jenny is 16 years old and has Down syndrome. Like other parents, when Jenny was born, it opened up a whole new world for us. I remember other, more experienced parents telling me I would develop ‘DS radar.’ At first, I thought the radar was my new ability to spot people with DS in the community – even from a distance. It really is much more than that. My DS radar picks up the special smile my daughter brings out in certain strangers who ‘get it.’ I immediately know without exchanging words that this stranger has also been welcomed into the special world my husband and I walked into 16 years ago. Loving someone with Down syndrome gives you access to a world of people with radar who get it. What is your best DS radar story?
Four years ago, I learned that a woman with Down syndrome was a specialty coffee roaster in Westminster, Maryland (our neighboring state!). I quickly got online and made my first specialty coffee purchase through the website her dad created for her (www.furnacehillscoffee.com). These days, I happily call Erin and Dave Baldwin, chief roaster and proprietor, respectively, my coworkers and friends Here’s a picture of Erin at work in the roasterie on Main Street in Westminster.
Last year, I worked with the National Buddy Walk Director and Furnace Hills Coffee to create a special Buddy Walk Coffee brand. This exciting partnership is a creative fundraising opportunity for local Down syndrome groups. The quality of this particular coffee blend (both regular and decaf) and the stunningly beautiful Buddy Walk packaging provides supporters a clear example of the accomplishments and contributions people with Down syndrome have made in their families and communities.
Today, I introduce Buddy Walk Coffee News as a resource for local walks. Here, you will be able to learn about Buddy Walk Coffee, share and discuss fundraising ideas to help maximize your local organization’s sales and get the customer support you need. Furnace Hills Coffee loves bringing great coffee to our Buddy Walk partners and are excited to provide an innovative fundraising option to local Down syndrome organizations!
Do you have a good DS radar story? Are you a coffee lover? I would love to hear from you! See you at a Buddy Walk near you.
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