Heine Brothers’ is proud to join WE Day KY by serving as collection sites for WE Care Kit items! Basic personal care items can be donated at any Heine Brothers’ location from March 8 through April 17 2017. These items will be assembled in to WE Care Kits that’ll be distributed to those in need right here in the Louisville area.
MK Eagle wants you to get lit – at the library!
The program is a throwback to the Summer Reading Programs of your grade school days – but for adults. Aimed at encouraging young adults to get back in touch with their inner bibliophile, and rediscover the library, Get Lit® Lou gives you digital badges and the chance to win great prizes for reading books and attending library programs.
It would be hard not to notice the sleek, bright orange and black Copper & Kings sign that rises above their distillery when you’re driving down Story Avenue. Located in the middle of Butchertown’s growing community of local and small businesses, Copper & Kings is often also at the center of promoting that community and organizing neighborhood events.
Copper & Kings is primarily known for their brandy and absinthe, but equally as delicious is their non-alcoholic Butchertown Soda. You can find the Louisville-made craft sodas in the cold case at any of our stores.
While Butchertown Sodas have recognizable flavors, they are preservative-free, and use organic cane sugar and other high-quality ingredients that make them less syrupy, and more natural tasting than the average soft drink.
Heine Brothers’ is proud to partner with the Louisville Free Public Library (along with our friends at Against The Grain and 502 Fit Pass) on Get Lit Lou (short for Get Literary Louisville), LFPL’s new winter reading program for adults, encouraging everyone to “read responsibly”. From December through February, participants who read any three books and attend three programs – either at the Library or at Get Lit Lou-specific programs at partner businesses – will earn a prize and be entered in to drawings for bigger prizes.
Reading and coffee are better together! That’s why we’re getting lit – literature from the library, that is.
We’re kicking off Get Lit Louisville with the Louisville Free Public Library by including a reading list of our Baristas’ favorite books that you can check out from the library and enjoy all winter:
Heine Brothers’ is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance’s hoLOUdays Contest! Shop local this holiday season and you could win $1000. Collect receipts when you shop local and bring them by your neighborhood Heine Brothers’ to enter – each receipt is another entry!
For more info and complete rules, see LIBA’s offical hoLOUdays page.
Forecastle Festival is nearly here, which means you might be gearing up for a music-filled day or weekend. Maybe you’ve even listened to your Forecastle playlist enough times you know the songs by heart.
At Heine Brothers’, Forecastle Festival time means more than a great lineup. It also marks the anniversary of an important partnership with Forecastle Foundation, the nonprofit that continues the original festival’s mission of environmental activism and conservation.
We were honored to host our friends and community partners from the Center for Women and Families at HB-Douglass Loop for their Denim Day press conference – bringing awareness and correcting misperceptions about sexual assault.
- Marta Miranda, CEO of the Center for Women and Families
- Amanda Corzine, RN – SANE Nurse at U of L Hospital
- Mike Mays, President & Co-owner of Heine Brothers’ Coffee
- David Yates, President of the Louisville Metro Council
- Patti Barron, a sexual assault survivor
- Lieutenant Carolyn Nunn, Commander of the Louisville Police Department’s Special Victims Unit
Denim Day began in Italy in 1999 when the Italian High Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans; the court concluded that she must have helped take them off, implying consent. Women of the Italian legislature protested by wearing jeans the next day, and the observance of Denim Day worldwide had begun. Today, all around the world, organizations coordinate community-wide Denim Day events to show support of survivors, and to raise awareness of, and correct misperceptions about, sexual assault crimes.
Heine Brothers’ is proud to be a long time partner of the Center for Women and Families. We’d love to live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists – but until we get there, Heine Brothers’ will support The Center for Women & Families in the work they do preventing assault and supporting victims.
Our partnership with The Center for Women and Families (CFW&F) started more than 14 years ago, and it’s one we’re very proud of.
This month, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we’re highlighting their mission and the White Ribbon Campaign. (More information about how you can support Denim Day on Wednesday, April 27 and the continuing mission of CFW&F at the bottom of the post.
It’s hard to know where to begin when talking about the important role the Center plays in providing services and support to survivors of abuse and sexual assault. The center offers emergency shelter and medical services, transitional housing, counseling, legal services and advocacy to anyone who might need them – not just women and children. CFW&F serves clients not just in Louisville, but also in 8 other of the surrounding counties.
We met with our friend Marta Miranda, the center’s current President and CEO at the Center’s main facility, to talk about why the White Ribbon Campaign is so important, and about her personal journey to the Center for Women and Families.
When you arrive at the Center, the first thing you notice is how inviting it is; there’s plenty of natural light, and art made by clients & local artists is on display everywhere. Marta tells us that this is by design. When the new facilities were built, it was a priority that it was comfortable, welcoming and warm – a safe space. It’s a feeling that is also conveyed by the dedication and compassion of Marta and the other CFW&F staff.
In talking with Marta, it’s easy to see she’s been passionate about the Center’s mission long before she was in her current role. Beginning with her job as a social worker at age 20, and continuing through her time at Eastern Kentucky University as the Director of Women & Gender studies program, she understood both the physical and psychological effects of assault and abuse.
“I’ve been in this movement for 41 years,” Miranda says, “but my gut connection to the job came at age 8 when my favorite aunt came home from the hospital with two black eyes. When I asked her why didn’t she leave, she said it was because she couldn’t afford to feed her kids. So financial empowerment and independence, self-sufficiency and education is what we can do to help.”
Though our partnership began with CFW&F before Marta was appointed, it has strengthened significantly in the years she’s been at the center.
“The center partnership with Heine Brothers’ is long and deep,” said Marta. “We began partnering to promote the awareness side of things in the stores about 3-4 years ago, but Heine Brothers’ has been involved with CFW&F through Ronda’s Blend and the Penny Donations for much longer.”
For years, Heine Brothers’ baristas have chosen to donate all the pennies from their cash tips in memory Ronda Mahaffey, our former co-worker and friend who is also the namesake of “Ronda’s Blend”. For every bag of Ronda’s Blend you buy, 50 cents is also donated to CFW&F.
And while donations are very important – they allow the center to continue the many services they provide – what Marta would really like to see is fewer people needing the center’s services.
“We need to treat both sides of the problem – both the survivors and the perpetrators. If we don’t treat that other side of the spectrum, we won’t get anywhere… We have to understand that both the victims and the perpetrators are us, are our families and communities, especially in a culture that doesn’t make a lot of space for men to be human beings. That isn’t to absolve the abusers, though.”
This can only be achieved through increased awareness, discussion of issues and intervention before a situation reaches a crisis level. The White Ribbon Campaign is integral in that goal because it’s focus is on engaging men and boys, in addition to women, in the prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.
“White Ribbon is important because it is an international movement, and also a grassroots movement,” Marta explains. “Men have not had a voice [in the past], but they have wives and they have daughters, sisters, co-workers and friends who have been raped and beaten. We want to offer them a way to be allies and supporters.”
Want to know how you can be an ally? Be a part of the White Ribbon Campaign by:
- Taking part in Denim Day on April 27th! Wear your jeans and other denim apparel in support of survivors of sexual assault, then share it on social with #denimday2016 & #nomoredomore to encourage awareness.
- Wear your White Ribbon to promote awareness (pick it up at Heine Brothers’ store or other allied local businesses).
- Tell the men in your life about the campaign and why it’s important.
- Join other men to be a part of our local OWN IT initiative.
- Speak up & take action when you see evidence of gender-based violence.
- Talk to the men in your life about sexual violence and encourage them to speak out and take action. Prevention is key.
- Become a volunteer at the Center.
- Invite a community educator to speak to your organization.
- Donate directly to The Center for Women and Families, or add your pennies to the tip baskets next time you’re at the register of your local Heine Brothers’