By: Kristin Clements-Effner, MSW Training Coordinator
I woke up this morning and much to my dismay, I was out of coffee. So, I got in the car and drove to the nearest place that I could get a taste of caffeinated heaven. I am not alone in my coffee obsession and to most people it is a drink that perks them up in the morning to start the rat race. Is coffee just a drink or is your morning cup of joe an act that can change the world? Catalyst (and I) would argue that it very well could make a difference that has lasting impact on our local community and the world.
How could that be? One very tangible way is by voting with our dollar. You could buy the coffee that is on sale at the local grocery for $3.99 (and tastes like mud) or you could buy fair trade coffee. Fair trade coffee ensures that the farmer that grows the coffee beans are paid a fair wage and can provide for their family.
Another way is to support the numerous local coffee shops sprouting up all over the city. By supporting local businesses, we are investing in our local economy and jobs. If your going to pay $4 for a latte, it might as well go to invest in Indianapolis and make the city a thriving community.
Lastly, what better way to connect with a friend or colleague, then over a cup of joe. Meeting over coffee connects us to our community in more indirect ways that allow us to feel connected to one another and deepens our relationships with our neighbors. Who would have thought that so much could be accomplished with just a drink? We can make a difference through the small things by being intentional about the choices we make. We should be mindful of how we are investing in our local community with our hard-earned cash and how we can impact the world in a broader way. So next time you need that caffeine boost, stop and think of how you can make a choice that could ultimately change the community and maybe even the world.