Coffee Connection/Project Empower

681 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585-442-2180
Contact: Joy Bergfalk
Fax: 585-697-0919


The Coffee Connection/Project Empower (under Life Listening Resources) sells fair-trade, organically grown, sustainability farmed coffee which we roast at our South Avenue site. We offer employment training and sober support for people in recovery from addiction. In addition to the Coffee Connection on South Avenue, we also have the Greenhouse Café at 2271 E. Main Street. We create jobs, and participate in neighborhood renewal and social entrepreneurship.

Wish List

  • appliances: coffee grinders, commercial fridge, small electronic air popcorn makers, vacuum cleaner
  • aprons
  • brown coffee bags
  • chalkboard paint, chalk
  • children's toys
  • clothing for women and children, new uniform T-shirts: preferably black with fuscia writing
  • commercial rubber mats
  • company car (for deliveries and errands)
  • computer/printer/fax; laptop computers; ink for printers (black and colors)
  • cookware/kitchen items: baking sheets, mixing bowls, tongs, silverware, coffee cups (8 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz), glasses for cold drinks, bowls for soup
  • copy paper for computer printers (white, colored)
  • corkboard strips (all size boards)
  • digital scales
  • donations of money towards new Peruvian goods
  • drink thermometers
  • EZ-Up tent for events
  • Euro Cafe syrups
  • extension cords: commercial and household
  • First-Aid kits, Band-Aids
  • folding chalk board, signs for advertising in front of locations, new large signs for events
  • folding table for events
  • gardening supplies: rake, shovel, potting soil, flowers, watering cans
  • gift cards: Wegman's, Staples, OfficeMax, Costco, Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Restaurant Depot, Euro Cafe, Flavor Development 
  • grocery store items: paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex tissues, Ziploc bags (all sizes), dish soap, hand soap (antibacterial), bleach, Windex, Fabuloso, all-purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, Lysol Disinfectant Spray, air freshener, tall kitchen garbage bags, sugar, Tylenol, Ibuprofen 
  • jewelry display stands
  • mats, rubber (not plastic)
  • metal Espresso banging containers
  • office supplies: Post-It notes, pens, pencils, Scotch tape, labels, staples, Wite-Out, paper clips, file folders, 3-ring binders, file cabinet-for Cannonball
  • personal care products: shampoo, conditioner, pads, Tampons, deodorant, soap, body wash, body lotion, body sprays, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • pump pots
  • Rubbermaid bins
  • stamps for mailings
  • straw, stirrers, sleeves
  • To-Go containers: all sizes, cup/bowl soup containers and lids, coffee cup lids

Volunteers Needed

  • Gardening.
  • Management.
  • PR.
  • Marketing.
  • Cooking.
  • Event planning/staffing.
  • Decorating.
  • Cleaning.
  • Refrigeration.

Information reviewed by agency 9/4/17.