Ames' second annual Shop for a Cause will benefit Story County-area nonprofits Saturday – Ames Tribune

Shoppers can feel even better about their purchases as Ames Main Street holds its second annual Shop for a Cause in downtown Ames on Saturday, organizers said.
“It’s a great opportunity to connect our downtown businesses with our nonprofit sector,” Sarah Dvorsky, executive director of Ames Main Street, said. “Our nonprofits help our community so much, and we’re really excited to have a way to give back to them.”
More than a dozen businesses are partnered with nonprofit organizations and are helping them in a variety of ways. The Octagon Center for the Arts, for example, will be collecting art supplies for NAMI Central Iowa, while Z.W. Mercantile will be collecting donations for and have information about the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens.
“It’s up to the business and the nonprofit to decide how they’ll support each other,” Dvorsky said. “Whether it’s a food drive or the proceeds going to an organization, it’s really great to see the relationship between businesses and nonprofits grow.”
The Ames Community Arts Council is partnering with Morning Bell Coffee Roasters for the second year. Morning Bell will have 20 bags of special blend coffee that they will be selling for $20 each. Full proceeds from the sale of those bags will go to the Ames Community Arts Council.
Jennifer Brockpahler, director of the Arts Council, said a donation of that size makes a real impact on the organization’s ability to serve both artists and art lovers in the community.
“This is just one example of Morning Bell’s commitment to the community,” she said, “and perhaps most specifically to the arts community, as they have consistently allowed us to host events in their space while also featuring local and regional artists of all kinds in their space each month.
“We are also super excited to watch them succeed as Iowa’s first Worker’s Cooperative. It’s a creative group that’s coming together to continue to bring great coffee to Ames, and we are looking forward to seeing what’s next.”
Shop for a Cause creates a win-win situation for both the nonprofits and the participating businesses, she said.
“Folks are drawn downtown and into the participating businesses by an event that benefits some of their favorite organizations, and the organizations have a wonderful opportunity to get the word out about who they are and what they do,” Brockpahler said. “It’s also an opportunity for the businesses to show their support of the greater community, even beyond whatever amazing thing they bring to Main Street.”
Ames Main Street is offering free parking in downtown Ames on Saturday.
“We really encourage people to come out and shop and dine,” Dvorsky said. “It’s also a great opportunity to check out the local nonprofits that are out there.”