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CafeSmart #LocalHeroes with On the Go Espresso

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Dave Humphrey is On the Go Espresso – a zippy little caffeine station that clocks up to 150 kilometres in a day serving up customers all over the Sunshine Coast. On the Go Espresso is also one of CafeSmart’s quiet achievers.

Since 2015 Dave’s collection box has more than doubled the totals from the $1 per coffee sold on the day. I gave Dave a call to talk about the secret to his CafeSmart success. It turns out the secret ingredient: passion for cause. 

“When I first participated in CafeSmart I learned a lot about homelessness. It’s old people, it’s young people, it’s mum’s and dad’s –  it really can impact anyone. It was a big eye opener for me.  

You meet everyone in this business, and a lot of those people are doing it tough. Through CafeSmart I learned that some of my customers have been homeless, and know how hard it is out there. 

Last year one of my customers gave $50 because he’d had a personal experience of homelessness, was back on his feet, and wanted to give back. I was blown away.”  

 

Dave makes use of the bright yellow CafeSmart smile to start engaging people as soon as he gets his pack in the post.

“I cover my van with the posters and postcards in the CafeSmart event pack. It’s bright, it’s in your face and engages discussion – people want to know what it is all about.  

I talk about it on social media, and I even pass out laminated postcards and asked some of my regular customers to take some pictures and get on social media too. 

A lot of people care about this issue and want to contribute. It’s all about just starting the conversation – and once you open that dialogue, not only are people putting their hand in their pocket, they are sharing their own personal stories.”

And CafeSmart does bring home the personal because it’s about locals helping their hood, and supporting services in their locality. That makes a big difference to Dave and his customers.

“It is great to know that the money raised is for local services, like Sunny Kids, which is a great organisation doing great keeping a roof over kids’ heads. People are interested helping their area. It has even motivated me to reach out to other local services, and offer them my support.”

We will be bringing you more #LocalHero stories in the coming weeks – from cafes big and small.

You can #HelpYourHood this #CafeSmart campaign by signing up your café, or looking for your local this August 4.

 

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One Single Cup of Coffee Can Change Lives

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CafeSmart is a campaign built on the energy and commitment of the coffee industry around Australia.  Campos Coffee have been a CafeSmart Roasting Partner for six years, and have taken out our Coffee Roaster Award for the last three.

With this year’s campaign rounding the bend, I caught up with Campos Director Rafael Bartowski about what CaféSmart means for their business.

“Social good is a collective responsibility. Every business must play a part in making a better community. If everyone worked on that same principle, we would live in a very different world today.”

Campos support a number of impact initiatives in all of their growing countries – and Raf explains that when local impact is your goal, the rest comes together.

“Participating in CaféSmart makes complete sense to us. We see this as an investment in our community – we need to make sure that we are a force for positive social change.”

Campos flagship cafes are also on the CaféSmart mission– and the efforts and funds raised by their cafés has been directed into initiatives in their local neighbourhoods.

Their Melbourne café has supported some great programs, including the HoMie, the Social Studio and St Marys House of Welcome. In NSW, their Newtown café has helped to fund the local neighbourhood house and The Big Issue.

“The traceability and the localised impact is such an important part of CaféSmart. We can inform our staff and customers about the outcomes, and about the projects that their donations have supported.”

With the coveted honour of Top Roaster for three years running, Rafael is not feeling the pressure.

“We want to raise more awareness, and to raise more money, so that we make more of difference.

For us it’s not about taking the prize – we want to bring people along for the cause, and engage people with the issue of homelessness.

One single cup of coffee can change lives if it’s done well.”

You can #HelpYourHood this #CafeSmart campaign by signing up your café, or looking for your local this August 4.

 

 

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Local People Fight to End Homelessness

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We are one month away from CafeSmart – one of the biggest campaigns in the StreetSmart calendar. Behind the scenes, our Sponsors, Roasting Partners, and participating cafes are gearing up to raise funds for homeless services in their local area. Amid the madness that goes into the campaign, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on why it matters.

Homelessness is complex, and its impacts are far reaching.

Funding to the homelessness sector is a complicated web of federal and state government agreements. Too often the first thing on the chopping block when populist sentiment wins over good governance.

When governments retreat from their obligations to our society’s most vulnerable – the responsibility falls on the already struggling not-for-profit sector to make up the difference.

CafeSmart grants pool locally raised donations and direct them into local services that are working on the front lines. These are services that are serving up hot meals, putting roofs over people’s heads, and proving relief packages to people in need.

Youth Futures’ team

One organisation CafeSmart has continued to support over the years is Youth Futures. One of their programs supports young mums to break the cycle of homelessness, and to keep children from needlessly going into state care. Despite the obvious good for the families they assist and the broader community –  they have no government support.

West Coast cafes – Go Coffee Go, Myrtle Ivy, and Yahava are among those getting behind outcomes for Perth. Their efforts have helped to keep Youth Futures programs running.

Another great program CafeSmart donations have supported is Travellers Aid. They do vital work to assist people in crisis. They provide material aid, like hygiene products and phone cards, as well as hot showers, access to phone and internet and travel vouchers. Despite being an important drop-in service for the growing number of rough sleepers, Travellers Aid lost government funding and now depend on the support of grants.

Travellers Aid

Mr Grazier, Higher Ground, Earl Canteen, Blended Beard and Sensory Lab are among our Melbourne locals who keep Travel Aid’s programs open to the city’s most vulnerable.

When governments fail to step up, local people are stepping in. CafeSmart is a day of good will, and hard work by roasters, cafes owners, staff and local people who want to see things change for the better.

CafeSmart is about keeping a young mum and child together, or offering a hot shower to a person in need. It is about providing a leg-up, rather than sending people packing into the cold.

If you’re a café, and want shake up some positive change for your locals, you can sign up here.

If you want to support CafeSmart and #HelpYourHood, find out more here.

 

 

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CafeSmart & Collective fund 118 Community Projects

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On August 5th, 549 cafes, 42 coffee roasters and sponsors, and thousands of coffee drinkers took part in CafeSmart 2016 and helped raise $160,523 to fund local grassroots homeless projects.  For every coffee sold, cafes donated $1, coffee roasters supplied beans and customers chipped in. An amazing effort and a record year.

100% of these funds have now been combined with substantial funds raised through our new StreetSmart Collective initiative and other one off gifts for a total of $223,000 distributed to support 118 community grants.

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StreetSmart Community Grants fund 78 Projects

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WIPAN 2016The smiles of the WIPAN team show just what it means to receive a StreetSmart grant.
StreetSmart exists to help fund grassroots homeless services, providing vital funds to the front line of the fight against homelessness. So, it’s a great feeling when we get to distribute the funds we have raised with your support – this is what all the hard work is about – real impact on the ground. With Government funding in many areas being cut, especially in the emergency aid budget, these small grants become vital to the projects we fund.
Last week emails went out to 78 projects, across five States, all of which will be funded from the proceeds of DineSmart 2015 and our online fundraising.
Here is what some of the recipients said on hearing they would receive a small StreetSmart community grant…
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StreetSmart Projects Crowdfunding Platform Update

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Back in lStreetSmart Projects Logoate 2014, after 18 months works, we launched our own crowdfunding platform, StreetSmart Projects.  The concept was simple – to empower smaller grassroots homeless services to engage and connect with the StreetSmart supporter community to crowdfund important projects in the community.  The pilot platform ran for 12 months raising over $35,000 for 10 projects.  Organisations such as Dandelion Support Network, The Footpath Library, Safe Futures and Emerge Womens and Childrens Network all successfully used the platform and each of the 10 projects reached its funding goal.  In a number of cases we raised considerably more than the $ target through donations direct to the organisation, in kind support and additional support.

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