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Branch Street, Burgan Raise Funds for Habitat for Humanity

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the rest of the month, Branch Street Coffee Roasters will donate the proceeds of a specially selected single origin coffee to support a Habitat for Humanity project in Boardman.

The El Salvadoran coffee, chosen by Branch Street owner Matt Campbell, is being sold for $14 per bag at the café, 1393 Boardman-Canfield Road. The coffee was imported by Pittsburgh-based Farm to Roast, a company focusing on “building lasting relationships between roasters and the producers.”

“We chose this offering not only based on the tremendous quality of the coffee, but also because of the close relationship with the producers,” Campbell said in a release. “The collaboration with Burgan Real Estate will help families in the Mahoning Valley as well as the producers in El Salvador. It is a truly symbiotic relationship.”

The proceeds will support the Habitat for Humanity house under construction on Erskine Avenue in Boardman. Ground broke in April and the entire project is expected to cost $120,000. Over the past two years, the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors has raised about $80,000 for the project.

Sue Filipovic, co-owner of Burgan Real Estate, said the agency will match the coffee sale proceeds.

“We feel we have a responsibility to do more and to do something better by adding another level of meaning and substance to that responsibility,” she said in a release. “By partnering with Branch Street Coffee, we found a partner who shared a similar vision. Now, we will be able to do more than just give back to the community, we will help build it with Habitat for Humanity.”

The house will be the 139th home built by Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley since it was founded in 1989.

“Habitat believes in ‘a hand-up not a hand-out’ focus, meaning all Habitat homes are not given away. Our homeowners put in sweat equity and pay a mortgage. We are truly building hope and changing lives,” said Kristina Nicholas, interim executive director of Habitat for Humanity Mahoning Valley. “The support from Burgan Real Estate and Branch Street Coffee has been tremendous and we’re so grateful for their partnership to complete our work on the Erskine house.”

Pictured: Burgan Real Estate co-owner Patrick Burgan, Branch Street owner Matt Campbell, and Burgan co-owner Sue Filipovich.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.