We are so thankful to be able to partner with amazing artists from all over to join us in sharing their passion for Mocha Club and the projects they support in Africa. Today, we hear from Jessica Campbell who is using her music & influence to share her heart and invite friends and fans to join her in this journey.
“Before I get the story started and take a step back into my past, I’d like to start off by saying that I’m proud to be an advocate for such an amazing non-profit organization that is changing lives in Africa. My focus with Mocha Club is on Economic Freedom and Women At Risk. Though I’ve never been to Ethiopia to meet these incredible people, I feel connected to them by simply watching the videos and reading their stories. Take a minute to do that and I’m pretty sure you’ll be compelled as well!
Other than the obvious reasons why I would partner with Mocha Club, the idea of Mocha Club is what got my attention. Good ideas get the attention of songwriters. We’re always on the the lookout for a good one.
Like many singer-songwriters in Nashville, I worked just about every part-time job in the book until I could move into music full-time. In addition to selling cookware, babysitting, cleaning houses, selling windows, and being a coordinator for a TV show on the Spike Channel, my longest running part-time stint was being a Starbucks barista. I was one of the first employees at the Starbucks in Seiverville, TN. The store opened just as I was looking to pick up a third part-time job at the time and I was simultaneously finishing my MFA at Middle Tennessee State. So needless to say, things were hectic. My other two jobs were singing at Dollywood and working the desk at the RV Park where I lived. I lived in a fancy single-wide trailer, actually not so fancy, but more space than I needed to live comfortably. I like to think that the coffee helped get me through that run-myself-ragged time of life.
Prior to working at Starbucks I liked coffee but didn’t really know much about it other than I liked it sweet and milky. I partook of my first latte when I was a sophomore in high school and was visiting Hilton Head, SC for the first time. I would order a Caramel Macchiatto and asked for the barista to add cream. If you know much about that particular coffee drink, you can imagine the kind of strange looks I would get upon ordering. If you are unfamiliar with the drink…it is 90 percent milk, prior to me asking for cream.
When I heard about Mocha Club I was instantly intrigued because of the relationship I had established with coffee. It was the first time I’d given thought to the notion that I could be spending way too much money on something that was fulfilling a need that I considered at times insatiable. But in the grand scheme of things, those needs are temporary and well, honestly, selfish. Mocha Club helps to turn my eyes off myself and onto others. I don’t know about you, but I need that every day, MORE than I need a cup of expensive coffee.
I’ve always tried to keep a “give back” mentality connected with my music. If I have a platform to share my stories and songs, I want to tell others about the lives being changed in Africa, simply by opting out of a latte or, say, a movie once a month for the betterment of someone else. I truly believe that the more we pour beauty into someone elses life we are made more beautiful. Our character grows, our perspective changes and we are less concerned with the small things surrounding us, and less concentrated on ourselves. I know firsthand how committed people can be to their coffee, and I had become one of them.
Mocha Club is about making a small sacrifice to help Africa in a big way. And in terms of American culture, I’d consider this exchange a VERY small sacrifice. Just the simple idea of Mocha Club keeps me in check. It reminds me that there are other people and things in this world that deserve attention other than myself and my needs.
So, I don’t know what your relationship with coffee is today….heck, maybe you’re a tea person….but either way, take a chance, join Mocha Club, and pour a little bit of yourself into making a difference in someone else’s life.”
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