This week, Green Mountain Coffee and Ben & Jerry’s held the second annual free car wash to benefit Grounds for Health, an international non-profit organization — and Waterbury neighbor — that provides health care services to women in coffee-growing communities. The event took place behind the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Cafe at the Waterbury Train Station.
The indefatigable and outrageously enthusiastic Mike Pelchar, backed up by Waterbury uber-ambassador Patty Meade, spearheaded a “Dream Team” of volunteers, clad in splashy orange and blue shirts. This hardy crew hosed, soaped, brushed and hosed (again) each car in turn until it sparkled, while enforcing Green Mountain Coffee’s no idling policy by pushing cars along the two lanes of traffic.
Local band The Growlers set just the right groove for the event, with much-more-than-amateur karaoke singers rocking out during breaks. A raffle featured prizes from fine Waterbury establishments like the Tiny Acorn, Gigi’s Cleaning & Detailing, Arvads and the Alchemist. Ben & Jerry’s scoopmobile doled out free ice cream as drivers waited for their cars. And we were even treated to a special in person appearance by Ben and Jerry, who reportedly took a turn at washing cars as well!
Numbers are still being tallied but current estimates show the car wash raised $6,800 for Grounds for Health. The funds will help to support the organization’s mission to create sustainable and effective cancer prevention programs, with a focus on the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer — a leading cause of death among women who lack access to healthcare in developing countries. Grounds for Health was founded by members of the specialty coffee industry who discovered that women in Mexico and Central America have high rates of cervical cancer, which is preventable and treatable if caught early.
To support Grounds For Health and learn more about this organization, visit http://www.groundsforhealth.org/donate.html.