September 11, 2019

Metro-area ‘Coffee Breaks’ to benefit Damar on Oct. 4
Fundraiser modeled on British “Coffee Mornings” makes caffeine a nonprofit pick-me-up

When Indianapolis metro residents grab their morning cups of coffee on Oct. 4, many of them will do so for the benefit of Damar Services, the nonprofit that provides services to children and adults challenged by autism and intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities.

That morning, individuals and businesses throughout the Indianapolis area will gather friends, colleagues and peers together to serve them free coffee and ask them to donate the cost of an average coffee drink – about $5 – to Damar.

“Studies show that nearly 65 percent of Americans have a cup of coffee each day. We want to give folks around Indy the opportunity to let their daily dose of caffeine boost something more than just their adrenaline,” said Damar Chief Strategy Office Jenny Peters. “At the same time, we want to help them learn about the ways Damar is meeting the increasing need for services for families, children and adults who face incredible challenges.”

Damar’s Coffee Break is modeled on “Coffee Mornings,” events commonly used in the UK and Canada to raise funds for nonprofit organizations. The events take advantage of the growing popularity of “peer-to-peer” fundraising, in which individuals appeal to friends, coworkers and other peers to support important causes.

Damar expects 100 individuals and businesses to host Coffee Breaks on or around Oct. 4, some in individuals’ homes and others in locations as diverse as Java House in Carmel, Coffeehouse Five in Greenwood, Gavel in Fountain Square, and Foundry Provisions in downtown Indianapolis. Hosts receive kits that include Coffee Break branded cups, sleeves, napkins, coasters, shirt and talking points about Damar’s work. Anyone can host a Coffee Break by signing up at

To promote the event, the WZPL morning show is hosting a public drive-through Coffee Break from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Oct. 3 outside the station at 9245 N. Meridian St. Host Dave Smiley and co-hosts Nikki Reed, Toni Williams and Producer Will are going to hand out free Tinker Coffee and Damar information.

“With one in every 59 children born in the US today being diagnosed with autism, and thousands more facing other developmental, intellectual and behavioral disabilities, the need for Damar’s services grows daily,” said Damar President and CEO Jim Dalton. “It’s imperative that we have the resources to meet this growing need so that people affected by these disabilities have every opportunity to live secure and fulfilling lives.”

DEEM is the presenting sponsor for the event, and other sponsors include Glick Philanthropies, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Indy Fuel, Tinker Coffee Co., Java House, Coffeehouse Five, LEADersINDY, KeyBank, JTPR Inc., PFM Car & Truck Care Center, Mid America Mortgage/Keaghan Will Team and Randle Family Foundation.

About Damar Services, Inc.

For nearly 50 years, Damar Services has been a leader in providing services to children and adults challenged by autism and intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities. From its main campus on Indianapolis’ southwest side, a northeast side clinic and other locations across the state, Damar offers residential and community-based treatment, outpatient behavioral health services and ABA Autism Services by Damar. In addition, Damar operates two schools and provides foster care services. For more information, visit

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Media contact: Jen Thomas,