Boyd's Coffee Company sets a high standard for making a difference.

Educating The Heart
by Tom Ohling

When Anne Koch, school teacher in the McMinneville SD, called Boyds for a special donation, her request was greeted like the others that pour into this coffee based company. According to president Dick Boyd hundreds donation queries are handled every week. “We give each request a good look”, he adds,” and make sure that everyone gets a prompt and considered response. We try to help all that we can, with a particular focus on those that reach out to many others in the community.”

As many business search for ways to build teams, bond with employees and create caring atmospheres, Boyds makes giving a part of their corporate strategy. The Greatgrandfather of Dick and David Boyd, who now lead the company, was a Presbyterian minister. Dick Boyd shared,”That spiritual foundation was part of our family culture and naturally became a part of our company culture.”

The fruits for the community of that company culture are evident when you visit Boyds headquarters lobby. Tables are crowded with recent recognitions for service from dozens of service organizations ranging from national charities like the American Red Cross to local groups such as countless Little League teams and the Community Project For At Risk Youth.

Where appropriate Boyds gives of their time, product and money. Though no one is required to participate in these giving programs everyone is given the opportunity to participate. Dick says that it is a proven way to build personal sense of worth. It is even one of the five points in The Boyd Credo, Contributing To A Better Community: Self-giving, Involvement.

Because of their broad base of community support it is possible for employees to find a project or cause that is close to their heart. That is exactly what happened with Anne Koch’s request.

The expresso cart in the Yamhill Educational Service District Bldg. was a perfect opportunity to get some hands on work experience. Anne’s problem was that the cart was too high for those in the Youth Transition Program using wheel chairs.

When Boyd’s employees Chris Engler and Mike Johnson got their hands on the project, things started happening. Working on their own time they designed a hydraulic lift platform. With their creative energy and Boyd’s funds the lift took off this spring.

The excitement was evident as Dick brought out the photos of the completed project. It was obvious how proud he was of Mike’s and Chris’s efforts. “These are the type of successes that really touch our hearts”, he said.

The smiles on the faces of participating students couldn’t have said it better. Boyd’s company culture founded in the heart has something to teach us all.


In his book, The Healing Power of Doing Good, Alan Luks gives many instances of how helping others might be the most powerful act we can do on our own behalf. For Tom it is quite simple. Learning to help others saved his life.
We can grow better businesses, touch more lives and live in a better world just by extending a hand.
Let Tom hear your story of making a difference by opening your heart and extending a hand.


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