The Woods Coffee and company owner, Wes Herman, were recently recognized with a Community Volunteer Award by Western Washington University Alumni Association.
While not a WWU graduate, Herman and The Woods Coffee have partnered with the university for a number of years. Woods developed and sells the WWU-branded “Viking Blend” coffee in all of its Whatcom County locations, with two dollars from every sale going directly to WWU scholarships. Woods’ Viking Blend coffee is also featured in the WWU Coffee Club, with the same level of proceeds devoted to WWU scholarships.
The coffee business also sponsors the alumni office’s monthly Western Wednesday Coffee booth, as well as the annual “Get Your Blue On BBQ” by donating all coffee, cups, and condiments for faculty, staff, and students. The company sponsors additional programs that reach WWU alumni off-campus, as well, including the Seattle Business Forum, Bellingham Business Forum, and Brew 2 You.
“It was a pleasure to be able to recognize Wes Herman, owner of The Woods Coffee, as the inaugural and 2013 Community Volunteer of the Year award recipient,” said Deborah DeWees, executive director of the Western Washington University Alumni Association, in a press release.
“This year, we reached further into the Western community to include individuals and organizations beyond our campus who support the University; The Woods was an obvious first choice. The growing partnership with the University and the Western Alumni Association is strengthening our WWU community in important ways. It is our hope that this recognition will serve to inspire more local businesses to deepen their support for Western in order that we might together create a better community.”