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Giving Cup customers give Lubeck Elementary School a $1.5K jolt

Katie Allen, Angie Joy, Sharon Anderson, Amber Hardman, Cheryl Westfall, Trudi Waugaman, Alicia Dearth and Jennifer Seckman join together to commemorate the giving of a $1,500 check to Lubeck Elementary School with the proceeds coming from the Giving Cup, a donation-based coffee shop out of Williamstown Bank in Lubeck. (Photo Provided)

LUBECK — A $1,500 donation was presented to Lubeck Elementary School by Williamstown Bank during a Back to School Bash earlier this month.

The donations came from patrons of The Giving Cup, a coffee shop inside the Lubeck branch of Williamstown Bank which offers beverages in exchange for a donation to a local organization.

September marks one year of Williamstown Bank’s partnership in education with Lubeck Elementary.

“Lubeck Elementary is not a Title 1 school, so we do not receive those supplemental funds, so every donation toward The Giving Cup is a great help to us,” Lubeck Principal Amber Hardman said.

The Giving Cup first opened its doors in January of this year and has since served both customers and non-customers One Line Coffee, a company out of Columbus. By offering several flavors of coffee, tea and smoothies, The Giving Cup has any type of beverage one could possibly want.

“We make specialty hand-crafted beverages, milkshakes, smoothies; the possibilities are endless,” barista Katie Allen said.

Instead of paying for a drink in the traditional sense, patrons can donate whichever amount they would like to one of three different organizations: Lubeck Elementary School, Lubeck Area Volunteer Fire Departments or the Children’s Home Society of Parkersburg.

The donation minimum is $3 but with a larger donation, more drinks will be available to the customer through a loadable card.

“The vision behind The Giving Cup was to develop a way to support local charities while encouraging foot traffic in our new office. We want the people of Lubeck to see we are investing in their community long term, and we are excited to have the opportunity to give back to those who support us as a locally owned community bank,” Sharon Anderson, Williamstown Bank President and CEO said.

The bank will host smaller scale celebrations with the organizations due to COVID-19 to highlight the Children’s Home Society and Volunteer Fire Departments.

“Stay tuned for our future events highlighting the fire departments and The Children’s Home Society in the coming months. We would appreciate and welcome to support of the community as we continue to grow these funds for these deserving organizations in need,” Jennifer Seckman, Customer Relationship Officer and Office Manager for the Lubeck location said.

The Lubeck office is a full service bank which offers assistance with loans, opening accounts, online and mobile banking assistance and more.

For more information about The Giving Cup or to place an order for curbside pickup, call (304) 973-1442.

Those organizations interesting in becoming a beneficiary can stop by the Lubeck office at 1605 Harris Highway in Parkersburg to fill out a form during lobby hours.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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