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Elmwood Cafe Parties for a Good Cause

Berkeley cafe names new recipient for its unique charitable business model Thursday night.


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Courtesy of Elmwood Cafe

The Elmwood Café will be celebrating their second winning beneficiary; an orphanage in South Africa called Siyaphambili Orphan Village. The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. this Thursday, December 16, with lots of great foods and drinks. Half of all future profits at Elmwood will go to the orphanage to help fund a vegetable garden, in addition to other charitable causes that are currently being supported. The event will also be attended by: Berkeley-based Bread Project (the Elmwood Cafe's first winning recipient), Waterside Workshop (another eventual beneficiary), Elmwood owner Michael Pearce, as well as a café employee who traveled to Africa to visit the orphanage.

Siyaphambili Orphan VillageNdileka Xameni started the Siyaphambili Orphan Village in 2005 with the hope to provide a home with care, security, and comfort to orphans with HIV/AIDS. The orphanage is run out of Xameni’s home in a Langa township outside of Cape Town. About 25 orphans live there with Xameni and her family in a modest home. Xameni loves to cook so a vegetable garden would be a great asset in helping feed the children in the best and healthiest way.

The support for Siyaphambili is part of the Elmwood Café's unique business model of donating a large portion of their profits to charities. Their process for giving back depends on what kind of charities the customers think are most important. Three different charitable causes are targeted to donate to at any given time. Customers give their opinion on which project they want to see chosen by voting at the café. Donations are then given once a charity is picked and funds become available.

Elmwood Café, 2900 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705, elmwoodcafe.com