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CAMPAIGNS, HQ

Mocha Club + Pure Charity + YOU

We’re excited to share with you about a recent partnership we’ve made with a amazing platform to expand Mocha Club’s impact, awareness, & support of our projects in Africa… and it gets YOU involved, too!!
The idea is simple: it’s called Pure Charity.

“Pure Charity was created to give community members opportunities to turn their daily actions – like shopping and sharing – into powerful choices of generosity. As we each begin to live generously in our daily lives, we cease to be individuals striving to make an impact and become part of something larger and magnificent– a groundswell of change!” 

Where do YOU come in?

1. Sign Up!

Head over to www.purecharity.com/mochaclub and easily SIGN UP using facebook or your email.

2. Create your Giving Fund!

You can build your Giving Fund in multiple ways: contribute money directly from your credit card or debit card (register your card here) OR (and this is what we really love…!) use the Rewards Points system that takes a percentage of your daily online purchases and puts money back directly to your fund.

From your dashboard, click REWARDS, then INSTALL BROWSER PLUGIN on the screen. Follow the instruction for your specific browser.   >> Learn more here.

3. Shop!

Choose from thousands of online stores to shop from (like Target, Anthropologie, West Elm, REI, & Apple!) and they will give a percent of your purchase to your Giving Fund.  This money will be given to a Pure Charity project of your choice! (may we suggest a Mocha Club project?)

4.  Make a difference and impact our friends in Africa!

By choosing which project or organization your online rewards purchases fund, you can continue to do your regular shopping while supporting some special projects on the ground in Africa with us.

What’s next? Head over to Pure Charity now and create your profile.
Start building your Giving Fund, follow us, and check out the new Mocha Club project we just posted to provide Bibles for our graduating pastors in Rwanda. Help support this project directly from your giving fund!  Share on facebook & twitter, and invite your friends to start their own Giving Fund and together we can provide these 30 Bibles in 30 days!

Stay tuned for upcoming projects that you can specifically lend your shopping rewards to and continue to impact lives in Africa! For now – sign up, shop, and make a difference!

Member Spotlight, PERSPECTIVES

Why Mocha Club? Member Spotlight : Meet Emily.

Member Spotlights is a way to introduce the Mocha Club community to one another and to share our individual stories that brought us to support Africa together.

   Meet Emily.

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“I need Africa more than Africa needs me.” When I first joined Mocha Club and received a shirt with this slogan, I didn’t exactly understand what it meant. That was back in June 2007 and I had no idea what an impact the truth of these words would have on my life. I joined Mocha Club the day before leaving with African Leadership (MC’s parent ministry) for two weeks in Kenya. As cliché as it sounds, Africa forever stole a piece of my heart, and I came back wanting to do more. I found the truth of the I Need Africa story: that possessions don’t determine my joy and circumstance does not define happiness. These people had so little according to worldly standards but radiated joy like I had never seen! I could not believe the impact a few dollars a month could make halfway around the world! Fast-forward two years to the summer before my sophomore year at Auburn; Mocha Club was starting the Campus Reps program, and I decided to apply. Feeling ill-equipped, hating to speak in front of people, and dreading asking favors of others, I confessed to the MC team that I didn’t know how fit I was for this position. However, God definitely had a plan in ushering me into this role. As He humbled me and showed me that every act of MC is because of His blessing, I found delight in getting to spend hours in Auburn that translated to life-change in Africa! I had finally found an outlet where my time was being used for eternal purposes. Auburn’s response to MC was unprecedented: we had over 500 members join in the first two years on campus! God used our core team members to do abundantly more on a random college campus in Alabama and throughout many nations all the way in Africa than we could have imagined! I have come to learn in the biggest way that the life and love of Africans and their passion for Jesus epitomizes what life is all about. So the saying holds true: I need Africa more than Africa needs me.

member since: July 2007
supports: Orphan Care
 So why’d you join Mocha Club? We’d love to hear from you, too!
Email info(at)themochaclub.org for the chance to have your story featured!

 

AFRICA NEWS

Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday

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Nelson Mandela spent the later part of the 20th century as a beacon of light in a nation known for their tumultuous race relations. Mandela’s election as South Africa’s president in 1994 snowballed a unifying effort to end segregation nationally. Imprisoned in 1962 by the reigning regime, Mandela’s life stands as an example for a nation that freedom is worth the fight. Forty years later, upon accepting his nation’s presidency, Mandela has these words to say, “”In a way I had never quite comprehended before, I realized the role I could play in court and the possibilities before me as a defendant. I was the symbol of justice in the court of the oppressor, the representative of the great ideals of freedom, fairness and democracy in a society that dishonoured those virtues. I realized then and there that I could carry on the fight even in the fortress of the enemy.”

Mandela is regarded by the world as a humanitarian, leader and diplomat. This week marks Mandela’s 95th birthday. His home country of South Africa honored him with 67 minutes of servitude to others in celebration of his 67 years of public service. Mandela celebrated the day in a hospital battling critical illness, yet “steadily improving.”

His birthday marks his 40th day of bedrest. He was greeted by the African National Congress with a birthday cake, poster and flowers, along with piles of gifts from citizens paying homage to the nation’s former president.

From outside the hospital freedom songs illuminated the sky sparking memories of the past freedom fight Mandela led to free a country from the bondage of racism and oppression. The songs pay accolade to a man whose life is permeated with struggle, repression and imprisonment, yet rose as an emblem of hope for a nation.

For the full story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/17/mandela-birthday-south-africa/2529701/

#blogABLE, AFRICA TRIPS

#blogABLE: Meet Blair!

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We are so stoked for blogABLE, our collaborative trip with fashionABLE. As we lead up to August, we’ll be introducing each of the team members here on the blog. Check out their sites and follow along on their social to see their first-hand experience in Ethiopia!

 

Meet Blair.

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Blair is the “virtual traveler” for the trip, staying stateside to help tell the stories we’re gathering in Ethiopia. She’ll also be moderating a LIVE TWITTER CHAT Tuesday, August 13 (save the date & stay tuned for details!) where you can ask the team your questions about Ethiopia, Mocha Club, & fashionABLE, using hashtag #blogABLE.
Blair blogs about her everyday life including motherhood, style, and faith over at wild and precious.  She lives in Nashville with her artist husband and toddler, and is currently growing out a pixie cut and growing baby #2 (due in September — hence the virtual traveler!)

Connect with Blair:

Twitter: @blairita

Instagram: @blairita

Facebook: facebook.com/wpblog

Pinterest: pinterest.com/wild-and-precious

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each blogger.
Stay tuned and follow along at #blogABLE.

PERSPECTIVES

Why Mocha Club? Member Spotlight: Meet Meredith.

Member Spotlights is a way to introduce the Mocha Club community to one another and to share our individual stories that brought us to support Africa together.

Meet Meredith.

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I joined Mocha Club thanks to the one and only Dave Barnes. I had the pleasure of working his merch table a couple of times back in high school, and he always had a table set up for something called the Mocha Club right next to his merchandise. Long story short, I decided to look into it and my heart just started to scream at me, telling me to join and to be a part of this amazing organization.  I’ve stuck around for almost 4 years now because of how much it has touched my heart. $7 doesn’t seem like a lot of money but it adds up and I’d like to think I’ve made a difference in the lives of others. I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with Mocha Club and it did nothing but confirm my love for this wonderful organization. My life was forever changed on that trip and I think about it every day. I volunteer because I feel that having experience is inspiring to others. If I can look back and say that I joined Mocha Club for a reason that day that I signed up, then I want others to look back and be able to say the same thing, simply because I talked to them and was able to tell them all about my experiences and how much the monthly donation can really do and what it can eventually turn into. I want to inspire people just like other Mocha Club volunteers inspired me.

   Being a part of Mocha Club just just that: it’s a part of me now. I’ve dedicated a huge part of my heart to this cause and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has changed me and opened my eyes to so many possibilities that I wouldn’t even know about if I had never joined. I talk up Mocha Club to people all the time and if I could even get one person to join and be impacted the way that I am, then I did something right.
member since: December 2010
supports: clean water
So why’d you join Mocha Club? We’d love to hear from you, too!
Email info(at)themochaclub.org for the chance to have your story featured!
MOCHATERNS, Uncategorized

Mochaterns Week 7

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Lately around the office, the Mochaterns have been expanding and growing our social media presence. We have been creating creative pics for an exciting, upcoming campaign (be on the look-out!) We have also been sharing more of our Monday Coffee Quotes on Instagram. Make sure to follow us @mochaclub so you can check them out! Also, Anna has been working on a HUGE project that will help us communicate better with Mocha Club members.

blueOutside of the office, I finally got to explore downtown Nashville and see the true craziness that is lower Broadway. I, amazingly, got tickets to the famous Bluebird Café last weekend and the rest of the interns are going next week to see Mocha Club’s Dave Barnes at the BlueBird as well. We are also continuing to find more and more restaurants like: The Pharmacy, Fido, Edley’s Bar-B-Que and ice cream at Jeni’s.

Nashville has been a wonderful city to live in and explore. It is just another great addition to being an intern at the Mocha Club and learning more about a company we all have a passion for. Till next time!:)

-Christina

AFRICA TRIPS, FASHIONABLE

#blogABLE: Meet Shannan!

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We are so stoked for blogABLE, our collaborative trip with fashionABLE. As we lead up to August, we’ll be introducing each of the team members here on the blog. Check out their sites and follow along on their social to see their first-hand experience in Ethiopia!

 

Meet Shannan.

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Shannan is an ordinary girl who searches for and finds beauty in the everyday, blogging at flower patch farmgirl. She’s the wife of Cory, who thinks all of her jokes are funny, and Mama to three funny shorties, Calvin, Ruby and Silas, who came to them across rivers and oceans. On the heels of a God-sized life-wrecking, Shannan and her family left their dream farmhouse behind to embark on a fresh adventure in the city. They traded quiet days down an idyllic lane for rowdy evenings at the neighborhood park and visits to the county jail, but life remains a heaped-up pile of blessings and Shannan will forever be a Farmgirl at heart.

Connect with Shannan:

Twitter: @flowerpatchfg

Facebook: facebook.com/shannan.garbermartin

Pinterest:  pinterest.com/flowerpatchfg

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each blogger.
Stay tuned and follow along at #blogABLE.

Member Spotlight, PERSPECTIVES

Why Mocha Club? Member Spotlight: Meet Lindsay.

Member Spotlights is a way to introduce the Mocha Club community to one another and to share our individual stories that brought us to support Africa together.

Meet Lindsay.

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I remember the first time I heard about the Mocha Club and its mission, and it was just something I thought was very doable and could make a difference. Donating the cost of 2 mochas… a month, how could I not? It was affordable, especially on my budget, and I’ve always had a heart for missions / volunteering. This was a way I could contribute and MC made it possible. I’ve made it a point to continue to donate for the last 4 years because it is easy to get caught up in life and worry about only yourself, but there are others out there who have far less and who am I to be so selfish? I love how Mocha Club combines helping others and music, two things I enjoy myself. Volunteering at local events doesn’t just help the Mocha Club, it is rewarding for the volunteer, too. You get to hear some live music, meet new people (and friends!), and represent an incredible organization.

 

member since: April 2011 
supports: Women At Risk

 So why’d you join Mocha Club? We’d love to hear from you, too!
Email info(at)themochaclub.org for the chance to have your story featured!
MOCHATERNS

Summer Mochaterns : Meet Emily

And last, but certainly not least, meet Emily…

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Name: Emily Allen

Nicknames:  Emz, EA Sports

Hometown:  Richmond, VA

University/Year/ Major: Longwood University/2015/Communications & Mass Media

Favorite place: Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Hidden Talent:  I’m a terrible dancer but I have one signature move that can go with any song

Guilty Pleasure:  Pretty Little Liars (it’s sad, I know) and pretty much anything involving chocolate

How do you take your mocha [coffee]? Chai Tea Lattes with vanilla iced or hot (I’m not a coffee drinker.)

Nashville Bucket List:  Go downtown and get a pair of cowboy boots, hit up Frothy Monkey, have a random celebrity sighting

Why are you excited about interning with the Mocha Club?  I’m really excited to work with The Mocha Club because I love the concept of music and non-profit coming together. I’m also really excited to live in and explore Nashville!

MOCHATERNS, PERSPECTIVES

Mochatern Update: Halfway.

I hope this post finds you taking in the sun-soaked air and enjoying endless summer days. We’ve passes the halfway point, and there is so much we have learned. A wonderful asset to internships is the opportunity to learn your strengths and weaknesses. We’ve previously told you all the wonderful experiences working at Mocha Club has provided us, they’ve given us so many opportunities to hone our skills and allowed us the opportunity to brainstorm along side their innovative minds. The internship has  led us to figure out which office tasks we excel at and those leaving us with much to learn. Out of four different interns we all share individually different loves of numbers, editing video, everyday office tasks and handling phones. Though we all love brainstorming!

We are all so thankful for the experience given to us to discover the skills we exceed at and further discovering future career aspirations.

Mocha Club Nashville

 

This week started out with the opportunity to tour Word entertainment, a branch of Warner Music. The trip was an excellent experience to hear first-hand from a Word executive about how their business runs, and additionally getting a crash course into the minds behind today’s marketing and communication techniques.

If you have been reading our blog posts regularly you know we all possess a few Nashville goals, and with much jubilation I report that Anna, Emily and I made it to the Flea Market on the Fairgrounds, and I made it to see Josh Ritter at the Mercy Lounge.

We cannot believe our internship is half over, but we are so thankful for the time thus far and cannot wait to see what Mocha Club and Nashville have in store for us next!

-Alie