Did you know studies show, drinking coffee can help delay the onset of dementia and soothe people with addiction issues?
These are just two of the reasons why United Way Hands On and Enterprise Holdings, the vehicle rental company, teamed up on MLK Day, to create a Coffee Shop at the McCoy Adult Daycare Center, which serves seniors and Piper Place, the Mental Health Association of Central Alabama.
MLK Day of Service
Located near Legion Field and across from Birmingham-Southern College, at 730 8th Ave W #102, Birmingham, AL 35204, volunteers spent 3-5 on MLK Day transforming a space.
The Benefits of Coffee
“One thing we learned through talking with the experts here, is that coffee helps people who have been dealing with addiction,” said Benga Harrison, Director of United Way Hands On. “It makes it easier for them to get past certain things. They really do need a place where they can sit and drink coffee, have fellowship together. It helps them mentally all the way around.”
Made Possible by Enterprise
The new coffee shop was made possible by Enterprise Holdings, which provided volunteers, paint, new coffee pots and coffee makers, furniture and signage, according to Harrison.
“We are so grateful for our community partners. We’ve got a lot community with a big heart,” she added.
Additional MLK Service Days Events
Even though the MLK Day of Service officially ended on the holiday, United Way Hands On has two additional MLK volunteer opportunities in the 5 Points West community (Wednesday, January 23) and at Charles A. Brown Elementary School (Thursday, January 24)
As of Tuesday morning, both communities still need dozens volunteers for their beautification projects. You can sign-up and volunteer at United Way Hands – On – HERE.