We are a group of people who are interested in reaching out to our local community and our world. We all volunteer, meaning we do not receive salaries from the coffee shop. This enables the money we raise to go directly to the people we are trying to help . Many of us have traveled or lived in other places of the world and have a love of other cultures and customs. While we celebrate their lives, we also know that helping with clean water, education, and a safe place to live can greatly impact both young and old. We want to enable more people to have the opportunity to join in helping some the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere.
Why did we pick the Rio Coco?
The owners of Radford Coffee Company, Barbara and Eric Johnson, have done disaster relief work around the world for many years. In those years many trips have been made to the Rio Coco in Nicaragua. Friendships have been forged and a desire to help in a bigger way was born. The Johnsons joined forces with the Bagbys who founded Seek the Lamb and the education project on the Rio Coco. Barbara and Eric volunteered to help run another coffee shop in Utila, Honduras which also raises funds for the education project. Mike and Laura Bagby, along with their family and other volunteers, roast the green coffee and run the shop in Vero Beach Florida when they are not in Nicaragua. After three years in Honduras Barbara and Eric Johnson realized the time had come to expand. So here we are, back in Radford, Virginia, volunteering at The Radford Coffee Co. making world class coffee, and good food, all while making new friends along the way.