Three Local Coffee Shops That Are Giving Back

For these three local shops, it’s all about paying it forward and giving back to the community.

Photograph by Jeremy Kramer

For these three local shops, it’s all about paying it forward and giving back to the community.

 

The Fringe Coffee House

This Hamilton coffee shop seems unremarkable, but its impact is worth noting. The Fringe empowers inmates at the Lebanon and Dayton Correctional Institutions, providing music therapy, and eventually paid job training at the café, where employees regain a sense of dignity after incarceration. 918 High St., Hamilton, (513) 889-4500

I AM Coffee

St. Bernard’s only coffee shop is also one of its mightiest philanthropic players. I AM Coffee owners Ron and Carolyn Spears have launched a variety of community initiatives, including a “lunch box” program that provides local kids and teens in need with filling meals for free. Keep an eye on the café’s social media pages to stay up-to-date with its charitable ventures, which include everything from fund-raisers and school supply drives to pay-it-forward coffee programs. 4728 Vine St., St. Bernard, (513) 429-4975

The Kidd Coffee Co.

With five locations in the Central Business District, this local outfit officially takes up more downtown real estate than Starbucks. With every cup, you support critically ill children at the Ronald McDonald House, domestic violence survivors at Bethany House, and substance abuse prevention programs through OneCity For Recovery—and that’s just to name a few. Multiple locations.

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