Hammell has organized mission trips to New Orleans to rebuild houses and Santa Fe, N.M., to do community farm work. In May, eight people went to the Dominican Republic to perform medical and dental clinics.
This is the fifth year the coffee shop has been open. It is fully staffed by university student volunteers.
“There’s almost 30 volunteers. It’s definitely a growing and expanding thing. This semester actually has been pretty exciting. Our numbers have been up about 50 percent from last year,” Hammell said.
All coffee served at Second Wind, 564 Buchanan Ave., is from Mariposa Coffee Roastery in Norman. Hammell said that about 100 customers come in daily to enjoy coffee, putting extra stress on “Gloria,” the house coffee maker.
“It’s somewhat functional, but the last couple of times we’ve taken it in for repairs, it’s been somewhat expensive,” Hammell said. “It’s just more sensible to replace it than to keep putting in thousands of dollars in fixing it.”
A fundraiser for a new “Gloria” will be hosted tonight at Second Wind Coffee House.
Even though Second Wind Coffee House is on Campus Corner, Hammell said the establishment is open to everyone in the community.
“If you come in when we’re open, you’ll see the place packed with students studying or groups meeting. ... Even some classes have met in here before and had some discussions,” Hammell said. “You’ll see different Norman community members meeting here for coffee or a date or catching up with an old friend.
“We have called ourselves, for a long time, The Living Room on Campus Corner. I think that is the vibe when people come here. Some people get stuff to go, but for the most part, people bring things and spend hours here. We encourage that. We want it to be a community space and not just an in-and-out kind of business.”