At Eli’s our number one priority is our community. Without our community, we would be nothing. So many of you have believed in us and in turn, hopefully in overwhelming obvious-ness, we believe in you. This is why we do what we do. This is why our lattes may not be served with beautiful art formed as we pour; instead our eyes are focused on you and what you’re telling us when we’ve asked about your day. We spend more time and energy guiding our young employees on what it means to truly serve and have empathy for those that stand across the counter from them than we do on keeping up with trendy logos stamped on our to-go mugs.
We usually don’t share numbers. We do like to make a big deal out of raising money for local non-profits, but we don’t always share the total impact. But what we did in 2014 is big. It deserves to be shared, especially since all of you made it happen; the only reason we can have this kind of impact is because of the generous and supportive communities of Morton and Tremont.
Last year alone we donated over $18,000 to various fundraisers and non-profits.
Unfortunately, we don’t have perfect records from our previous years but we’re estimating our total local impact in our 10 year history is pushing $100,000.
We did this through our monthly “Donation Creation” drinks, where we give $1 from every drink sold to a new organization each month. We did this through hosting fundraiser days at the shops for groups in dire need of funds to stay afloat. We did this through gift baskets and gift cards for school carnivals. We did this through our annual week-long “Eli’s Community Celebration” that we host each year for the Morton Community Foundation. We did this by partnering with the schools to offer discounts when special cards are purchased to raise money. We did this by selling discounted gift cards to local school organizations for them to re-sell at full price and make money. $18,000 for a business of our size is huge. We’re pretty sure it’s more than the local, to remain un-named in this post, ‘big box’ store allots each year for giving. But we did, and we want to do it again. We truly believe that we reap what we sow and after 10 years we are still thriving. We still love to see each of you nearly every day (sometimes 2 or 3 times a day!) walk in our door. We love to serve you and we love to serve our communities. Thank you, for being our safe haven.