Friday, December 1, 2017

Supporting Grace Retreat

Big Heart Coffee is supporting
Grace Retreat Foster Care and Adoption Service in December.
Grace Retreat Foster Care and Adoption Services is a licensing agency contracted by the State of Arizona. Grace Retreat is committed to support families through the process of becoming licensed and providing a home for children. We believe that by supporting the families, they are able to better support the children in their home.

Their mission is to provide an environment where children are valued, loved, and safe by placing them in the care of families who are respected, supported, and educated.

Their efforts in fundraising and resources obtained will directly benefit and support the children and families we serve. They are open to constantly changing their approach in the way they support children and families to fit the demand of the ever changing child welfare system.

To donate directly to Grace Retreat click here.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Supporting Provision Project

It's November and Big Heart Coffee is supporting
Provision Project
"The mission of Provision Project is to provide financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer.
The breast cancer battle is real. The news of diagnosis is hard to receive. Treatment is scary. And for some women, life has become nearly impossible. Marriages have ended. Jobs have been lost, or they’re too sick to work. Now, in addition to fighting for their lives, they are battling to keep up with the most basic of bills: food, rent, utilities, gas, medical co-pays.  It’s heartbreaking.
That’s why Provision Project was created.  Provision Project makes a way for women in active breast cancer treatment to receive tangible help quickly."

To donate directly to Provision Project click here
Come by Monday-Friday 7-2  
Saturdays 8-2
let us make you a pourover, latte, tea or Big Heart ice cream Shake 
and support the Provision Project.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Shoebox Packing Party at Big Heart Operation Christmas Child 2017

Operation Christmas Child 2017
Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Packing Party
When:  Saturday, November 4th
Monday, November 5th thru Friday, November 10th
8am -5pm
Where:  at Big Heart Coffee in the back room.
4802 E 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ

Last year 1,600 boxes were made at Big Heart.
This year the goal is 1800 boxes!!!
Operation Christmas Child delivers shoeboxes to poor children in over 100 countries every year.  You invited to stop by and stuff a shoebox (or more!) with us at Big Heart.  Use the supplies we've collected or add your own donations.

Samaritan's Purse Shoebox packers are needed November 4th and 10th at Big Heart.
Everyone, especially children are encouraged to come and make some boxes.  
Allow a little extra time at Big Heart to make a few boxes after drinking your favorite Tucson roasted coffee (Presta, Arbuckles, Yellow Brick and Hermosa).
FREE EVENT, but there are a few requirements on items to be put into each box (like pencils, paper...)  All items to be boxed will be at Big Heart.  They just need YOU to pack the boxes full!
Any donations of new toys or monetary would be a blessing, but not required.
Looking for washcloths and toys, especially for boys.
It's a great time to make a difference for a child and meet new friends!
Thanks to the Franklin Family!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Donation to Tucson Wildlife Center

Big Heart was able to donate $647.00 to
 the Tucson Wildlife Center!

 Just so happened, we found an owl in our yard a few days ago and went out to the Wildlife Center on Speedway to drop it off.  The Wildlife Center has the nicest staff!   
You can donate directly:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tucson Conquistadore Foundation in October

Big Heart Coffee is proud to sponsor the Tucson Conquistadore Foundation this month.

The Foundation’s goal - to build an endowment fund that will generate guarantee funds for the future of the youth of Southern Arizona. The Conquistadores have made a difference in thousands of individual lives.
Key beneficiaries of the Conquistadores' fund-raising efforts have been The First Tee of Tucson, Tucson and Pima County Junior Golf Programs, the Field of Dreams/Challenger Little League sports complex, Boys and Girls Clubs in Tucson, Sierra Vista and Nogales, Pima County Special Olympics, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Tucson Urban League and the YMCA.

The Tucson Conquistadores Foundation’s goal is to build an endowment that will generate a minimum of $1 million per year to support such programs. The advantage of an endowment is that it is perpetual and provides permanent annual support.

Your contributions are governed by a conservative investment policy to protect your donation and the endowment. Beneficiaries of grants will continue to be scrutinized so the most needy, most-deserving kids benefit from your contributions.

As they have since 1962, the youth of Southern Arizona are counting on the Conquistadores for support for athletic endeavors. To meet this mission, it is essential that the Foundation be endowed to support future generations of young athletes.

You can donate directly to the Tucson Conquistadore Foundation at

Monday, September 11, 2017

First Responder’s Appreciation Day Community Fair

Erik Hite Foundation

First Responder’s Appreciation Day Community Fair

Join the fourth annual First Responder’s Appreciation Day Community Fair 
to benefit the Erik Hite Foundation.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
At Reid Park from 11am to 3pm

Monday, September 4, 2017

Supporting Erik Hite Foundation

This September we are supporting The Erik Hite Foundation.
The Erik Hite Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a child care center and family outreach programs for the children of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services personnel.
We serve and care following godly principles close to the heart of Erik, as these men and women serve and protect our community.

Join them on Facebook
To Support the Erik Hite Foundation directly:

Childcare Center:
“We opened our first child care center on the east side of Tucson on June 24th, 2011. We are currently serving families of both commissioned and non-commissioned personnel from agencies such as the Tucson Police Department, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, DPS, US Border Patrol, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Fire Department, and Active Duty Military personnel.”
This Center Features:
    After school programs
    Full time, Part time and drop in services available
    No Registration fee
    Flexible hours
The center is a secured facility

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Supporting Wings for Women

 In August, Big Heart is supporting Wings for Women.
Mission Statement
Empowering homeless and impoverished women to overcome despair through basic living support, coaching, and guidance to lead self-sustainable, productive lives….
    •    To provide a clean, safe, sober-living home environment where women and their children feel welcomed and supported in their transition to becoming independent members of the community.
    •    To offer education, job training and skill-building opportunities for women to prepare themselves for self-sufficiency.
    •    We believe everyone who is given a chance, regardless of the past, can excel with support and community intervention.
    •    We believe in the power of mentoring to help people achieve their dreams. By motivating, supporting, and creating opportunities for others to excel, mentors are valuable role models that build confidence and self-esteem.
    •    We believe in the ability to empower people by educating them about systems of societal dysfunction, thereby transforming their beliefs.

Mail Wings for Women Donations to:
P.O. Box 23369 Tucson, AZ 85734
Walk in donations to:
4650 E. Eastland, Tucson, Arizona, 85711 

Like them on facebook:

Come by and have a Mad Salsa Bagel
fresh and spicy!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Gospel Rescue Mission / Shyann Kindness Project

 So blessed to be able to donate
to Gospel Rescue Mission
serving the homeless.
to the Shyann Kindness Project
spreading kindness throughout Tucson.
Thanks for supporting Big Heart Coffee.
Come by and have us brew you a cup of hot/cold tea or bring a bag home to enjoy later :)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Our Family Services

July is Our Family Services month 
at Big Heart Coffee
These are some of the services Our family Services provides for Tucson.
"Our mission is to eliminate homelessness and strengthen our community. We do this by:
    • providing stability in times of crisis
    • linking people to support and resources
    • supporting social connectedness
    • engaging our neighbors to tackle tough community issues.
Our continuum of care helps homeless children, youth and families into safe, stable housing and on to independent lives through street outreach, shelter and support, and case management. We help build a better community through counseling, education and skill building, services for elders and adults with disabilities, information and referral, and our Center for Community Dialogue.
Our Family Services provides shelter and support to homeless children, youth and families. We promote peace and understanding by helping people talk to each other. We help people learn to be better parents, improve their lives, their relationships, and build stronger families. We help elders and adults with disabilities live safely and with dignity in their own homes."

Volunteering & Internships
Volunteers who give their time and talents are an integral part of Our Family – from volunteer community mediators who help their neighbors resolve their disagreements, to seniors who help other seniors reduce the loneliness in their lives. Counseling and case-management interns earn school credit and gain valuable experience in our programs working with young people, families or seniors, and opportunities are available for people who speak Spanish. Click here for more info.

You can donate directly to Our Family Services here.

Come by and enjoy our Chai Vanilla Frappe during the heat of the day.
Open 7-2 Monday-Friday and 8-2 Saturday
Support Local :)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tucson Wildlife Center

Tucson Wildlife Center
in June at Big Heart
Their Mission
Tucson Wildlife Center is dedicated to the rescue, emergency medical care, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife while promoting habitat protection and coexistence through education.
They are Southern Arizona’s only state-of-the-art wildlife hospital running 24/7, 365 days a year.

A great video : Rescue, rehab, and release of bobcats, javelina, coyotes, hawks, owls, and more in Southern Arizona. A behind the scenes tour of the Tucson Wildlife Center.

 Visit them at
You can donate directly to their mission on their web page :) or volunteer!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Donation to Hermitage Cat Shelter

We are blessed to be able to donate
to the Hermitage Cat Shelter
which is right around the corner from Big Heart on 22nd Street.
Stop by and check out their many cats.  You are free to roam and sit with the cats to pick out a purrrrfect one for you!
located 4501 E 22nd St (between Alvernon & Swan)
Hermitage Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - Monday

Stop by Big Heart and have an 
Iced Tea
Jin Guan Yin Wulong(Golden Tie Guan Yin)
Golden Tie Guan Yin is uncommonly intense. Even the aromatic richness of its dry leaf stands out among other Tie Guan Yin. When brewed it yields buttery and fruity aromatics and a bright yellow-green infusion.
Lowers cholesterol,  Aids digestion,  Boosts your metabolism,  Promotes healthy hair,  Fights Eczema (In a month-long study in Japan, people with eczema who drank three cups of oolong tea felt relief from their itching in just one week.),  Stabilizes blood sugar,  Prevents tooth decay -Both oolong and green tea protect teeth from acid produced by certain bacteria. The production of acid and the growth of bacteria are both inhibited by oolong tea, which means it is effective in preventing tooth decay and build-up plaque.
Prevents osteoporosis and forms strong bones, and Strengthens the immune system.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bikers Against Child Abuse

Big Heart is proud to sponsor 
Bikers Against Child Abuse- B.A.C.A.
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle. 

How did B.A.C.A. start?  
B.A.C.A. started as an idea to help one wounded child. This child was eight years old at the time, and was so frightened of his perpetrators that he would not leave his residence. Chief, having had kind and loving experiences with bikers in his youth was moved to include this boy in his biker circle. Within weeks, this boy was seen all over town riding his bike and playing with other children. The idea to rally the biker community in defense and in support of children was actualized in 1995 when the first ride was held to visit wounded children and bring them into the biker family- that first ride had twenty seven bikes present.
To donate directly to BACA click here

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Donation to Sold No More

This month Big Heart was able to donate
Thank you for supporting our Tucson coffee roasters 
Presta, Arbuckles, Hermosa and Yellow Brick -we only brew the best!
Why we love Tucson!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Donation to TRAK

Big Heart was able to give $764.00 to
TRAK (Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids).
Providing services to people and animals of the community. This gives an often-rare experience to be a service provider to those less fortunate. Participants will receive specific educational skills, business, and vocational training that will aid in their efforts to help themselves, each other and their community.

TRAK also offers youth community service animal assisted activities for pediatric patients at Tucson Medical Center, the Ronald McDonald House, local nursing homes and other locations.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Supporting Shyann Kindness Project

In April Big Heart Coffee is supporting
The Shyann Kindness Project!
Shyann impacts many people in Tucson giving kindness to those in need.
The mission of The Shyann Kindness Project is to serve and put smiles on the faces of underprivileged, at-risk, and medically fragile children by providing fun and needed gifts while promoting and teaching kindness and acceptance of all people.”

The smiles happen in low-income schools, shelters and transitional housing, TMC emergency center, clinics for children and parties.

Donations can be dropped off at Big Heart Coffee
New or "gently used" books, including Spanish books
New backpacks & school supplies
New or "gently used" DVD's
Retail store gift cards
Individually wrapped snack items.
You can donate online thru Paypal here directly to Shyann Kindness Project.

Anyone can get involved in the kindness!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Supporting Gospel Rescue Mission in March

This month, March 2017
Big Heart Coffee is supporting
Gospel Rescue Mission.

For over 60 years, Gospel Rescue Mission in Tucson has been a relief for those caught in the shackles of homelessness, addiction and financial hardship, helping to cut through the chains of their circumstances and reestablish them on the road to freedom and hope by helping to not only meet their physical needs, but also their spiritual, educational and job related needs as well.
Each day, Gospel Rescue Mission in Tucson shelters, feeds, and ministers to hundreds of men, women and children.

GRM has volunteer apportunities, events or you can donate directly to GRM. 
Check out their Facebook page  or website.

Make sure to come by Big Heart for a latte or cold brew... and support Gospel Rescue Mission.
Support local :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Supporting The Hermitage Cat Shelter in February

Big Heart is featuring 
The Hermitage Cat Shelter
 in February 
Support them 
by coming in and enjoying a Big Heart coffee or tea.
You can purchase any of our coffees or teas by the bag.
located 4501 E 22nd St (between Alvernon & Swan)
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - Monday

What Makes Them Special
“For 50 years, The Hermitage has been dedicated to the shelter, protection, and care of homeless cats, especially those that are often not considered adoptable by other organizations. We are both an adoption facility and long-term sanctuary.

No-Kill Philosophy

At the Hermitage, we adhere to the principle of no-kill in that no cat in our care will ever be euthanized to make room for another, nor will any cat in our care ever be destroyed except in cases of terminal and painful illness or when compassion demands it because there is no reasonable alternative.

Founded in 1965, The Hermitage Cat Shelter is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization supported entirely by donations. We are both an adoption facility and long-term sanctuary for felines considered “adoption-challenged,” including felines who are FIV+ or FeLV+, or have other types of chronic health issues. The Hermitage was accredited as a Sanctuary in 2013 by the American Sanctuary Society.  All of our kitties roam free within 9,000 square feet of outdoor/indoor living space.”
Donate directly- click here
Hermitage Facebook

 How about a Con Panna "espresso with cream" in Italian, is a single or double shot of espresso topped with whipped cream for a treat!

Monday, January 30, 2017

New Tamper Gift

A big thanks to Marty Pape and his friend 
Halbert Torraca, owner of the the Crazy Badger
for this handmade tamper with ripple and walnut handle.

This is #whyilovewhereilive —kind Tucson friends.
For handmade, quality shaving products check out

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Supporting Sold No More in January

This month January 2017! 
Big Heart Coffee is supporting
Sold No More 
Their Mission
The vision for Sold No More began more than twenty six years ago when our Founder and Director, Jerry Peyton, experienced the devastation of sex trafficking in his own family. In order to address the growing problem of trafficking in our community, Sold No More was launched three years ago and originally called Streetlight Tucson. Working with local churches, like-minded organizations and individuals, our mission is to end sex trafficking in Tucson and provide a hopeful solution to this problem through a three-fold strategy: prevention/awareness, enforcement/prosecution, and protection/restoration.
Read more about their strategy HERE.
Their Motivation
While Sold No More eagerly partners with those who do not share our spiritual convictions, we are a ministry motive by the love of Christ. God's heart for those being exploited and oppressed, particularly children, is clear in Psalm 10:18, “Doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed, so that the men of the earth may terrify them no more.” We believe God is working to see people set free and restored from exploitation and it is our hope to join Him in His work.
Their Core Values
Sold No More partners with leaders, churches, organizations, and governmental agencies sharing our mission and core values:

    The eradication of human trafficking—especially sex trafficking.
    Unity: broad collaboration and cooperation with other organizations
    Integrity: in the lives of leaders and in organizational operations and reporting
    Strategic importance: focused on critical needs and timely issues
    Solid research & development: analysis of local, national, and international sex trafficking activities along with active and proposed solutions
    Humility: seeking the assistance of others and not being concerned about who gets the credit. While we believe that our mission is dear to the heart of God and critical at this point in history, it is not “more important” than other callings or missions.
    Respect: dealing with differences in a respectful manner, not attacking or accusing others, not publicly criticizing others but dealing with disagreements privately
An article from online about Sold No More: 

Sex trafficking – it’s a hidden crime but it is happening right here in our community.

On Saturday the local non-profit group “Sold No More,” held their Walk 4 Freedom to help raise awareness on the issue.

Jerry Peyton, the Executive Director of Sold No More, said more than 2,000 7th through 12th graders in the Tucson area are involved in sex trafficking every year.
His own daughter was sex trafficked when she was just 14 years old.
Peyton said a close classmate of hers had committed suicide. She felt guilty and had a difficult time dealing with the trauma and ran away from home.

“She winds up from being a model kid to living in a home with four men who were using her for sex, taking her to Nogales to smuggle drugs across the boarder. So she says yeah all of the sudden I’m prostituting, drug smuggling and pole dancing at 14,” Peyton said.

Peyton created the non-profit, Sold No More, six years ago after his daughter was rescued from sex trafficking. He’s dedicated his life to putting a stop to it in Tucson. He said 80 percent of sex trafficking victims are runaways.
Sold No More is the only organization in the U.S. providing sex trafficking prevention education throughout a school district. He said traffickers are increasingly using social media and phone apps to contact vulnerable teenagers.
He said students are also pressured by their peers to provide sexual photos or perform sexual acts.

“We talk about your cell phones and images. Images of minors, sexual images, that’s called child pornography. It’s a felony to have it, show it, or send it. I was standing next to a teacher in the assembly and she said, do you see what the kids are doing in the bleachers? They all pulled their cell phones out – they’re deleting pictures, because they all have it,” Peyton said.

Peyton said we all need to keep our eye out for warning signs of how to spot a sex trafficking victim. He said young girls wearing stiletto heels is typically a universal sign for predators that she’s “for sale.”
He also said girls checking into hotel rooms with much older men, and avoiding eye contact – are also suspicious signs that you need to report to law enforcement.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888. 
You can text INFO or HELP to Befree 233733. For more information on Sold No More click
To Donate directly to Sold No More: click here