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Sharing the Love with U.P. Kids

For the month of February, KCW is featuring a lovely Burundian coffee, benefiting one of our favorite non-profits, U.P. Kids.  We had some time to virtually sit down with director Mark Lambert, to find out how we can help U.P. Kids mission to change the lives of children facing adversity- for the better, forever!
1. Tell us about U.P. Kids.  What is your mission?

In 1899, Good Will Farm began as an orphanage in the Copper Country, providing a home and school to children from the Upper Peninsula. In 2012, our name changed to U.P. KIDS, but our mission remained the same: Caring for children. Building brighter futures. Through our Residential Program we continue to provide a home and school to children and youth experiencing difficulty at home, school or in the community.

Our Foster Care & Adoption programs provide caring temporary and permanent homes where children are protected and nurtured. The Post Adoption Resource Center offers support services to adoptive families to help maintain and strengthen relationships that will last a lifetime.

U.P. KIDS Big Brothers Big Sisters Program seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity- for the better, forever. Through one-on-one friendships, mentors can help children become confident, capable and caring individuals.

Family Services helps families keep their children home. The Wheels Program provides donated vehicles to families, and the Read to Ride program encourages children to read, with a chance to win a mountain bike!

2. What types of programs do you run?  What is something we might not know about U.P. Kids?  Besides foster care, adoption and BBBS, we have several in-home programs designed to keep the family together. Such as Parenting for Success, Post adoption activities, education and support; family goal planning and life skills, etc. You might not know that our corporate name is Good Will Farm and we started in 1899 as an orphanage.​
3. What's do you think the most rewarding experience is about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister?  The relationship ​with a child, having fun and sharing activities you love with someone who may never have had the opportunity without you, knowing your making a difference.
 
4. How can someone get involved with U.P. Kids and Big Brothers Big Sisters?
If you would like to mentor a child or become a foster or adoptive parent, call 482-0520.​

5. What's your favorite method of brewing coffee? What is your
favorite coffee from KCW? French press and da Northwoods!​

6. Where can we get more info about LIITB?

To buy this delicious Burundian coffee benefiting U.P. Kids, click here

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Coffee Day!

September 29 is National Coffee Day and we want to share with you our Top 10 ways to celebrate!

  1. Watch our TV6 Morning Live special with Ansley Watson.  We will give you a sneak peak behind the scenes and give you a few tips and tricks to make the best cup of coffee right at home.
  2. Stop by our roastery in Calumet!  Say hi to Roaster Nate (hint follow @roasternate on Instagram) and snag a free cup of coffee. (Yes we said FREE!  All Day 9/29)
  3. Give your friendly neighborhood baristas a hi-five (and an extra tip!).  Some of our favorite baristas work at these spots - Bookworm in Houghton, Northern Exposure Coffee House in Lake Linden and Main Street Market in Gaylord. P.S. Northern Exposure is offering a buy one get one half off deal on all lattes, cappuccinos and house brews!!!
  4. Wake up early and surprise your significant other with a fresh brewed cup of Keweenaw Coffee Works in bed! (add a donut from Roy’s Bakery for extra bonus points)
  5. Enjoy a Michigan Made coffee infused treat.  We love Dave’s Sweet Tooth Coffee Toffee and Mindo’s Artisan Chocolate Bar, Coffee Toffee.
  6. Make one of these delicious coffee cocktails!  
  7. Say hi to our pals at Bay Furnace Bagelworks in Munising and grab a delicious bagel to go with your coffee.
  8. Grab a Oatmeal Espress Stout at Michigan House in Calumet.
  9. Kona Coffee and Kahlua Brownies anyone?  These yummy desserts all include coffee as an ingredient. 
  10. Vist the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor (before they close for the season) and try Das Haus Blend.

Extra Credit: Visit World Coffee Research, learn about current coffee research and development, download the sensory lexicon and become a member!  

 

Now get out there and drink some coffee!

 

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