Did you know that more than 150 babies die every year in our own backyard? The fact is, Ohio's infant mortality rate ranks #45th worst in the nation, that's even worse than in some developing countries. Hard to believe, huh?
Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op has a mission to use coffee and coworking to reduce infant mortality in Columbus, Ohio. We do this through the following key initiatives:
Donating to moms in need
We donate 10% of Bottoms Up coffee sales to local nonprofits, helping remove socio-economic barriers pregnant moms-in-need face.
Increasing workforce development
To increase workforce development we connect coworkers with community engagement opportunities in Franklinton.
Showing disadvantaged youth that we care
We mobilize the millennial generation to mentor disadvantaged youth and pregnant teen moms in Franklinton through partnerships with area nonprofits and youth advocate agencies.
Helping those who help
We train and house a Community Health Worker (who's also an area resident) to help pregnant moms one-on-one through the CelebrateOne Connector Corps.
Providing diapers to low-income families
WIC/Medicaid doesn’t cover the cost of paper products such as disposable diapers. Free diapers are distributed to moms participating in the CelebrateOne Connector Corps community conversations in the Franklinton and Hilltop neighborhoods. Diapers are also distributed door-to-door to families in the neighborhood by our Community Health Worker.
When two Venezuelan-American sisters decided that coffee could be used to fight a social injustice, Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op was born in Franklinton.
Our Story: Victoria and Virginia have been involved in community development and community health initiatives in Central Ohio for the past 10 years. In 2016, they decided to join forces and create a social enterprise using an innovative business model. Their mission is to lower the staggeringly high infant mortality rate in Columbus' oldest and poorest neighborhood: 16 deaths per 100 live births while the national average is 6 per 100.
Our Building: The two residential homes pictured in the mural outside the Bottoms Up building stood in this lot before going belly up in “The Great Flood of 1913.” In 1916, this post office was built. One hundred years later, two Latina sisters rehabbed this building with the help of the community and transformed it into a modern business with a mission to create social change. The mural painted by a local artist pays homage to the neighborhood's resiliency.
To this day, the neighborhood is affectionately referred to as “The Bottoms” because of its low terrain.