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A community response to homelessness
Our annual CafeSmart campaign is nearly here (August 1st – 7th) and this year, the local impact it will generate for grassroots community services and their clients couldn’t be more urgent. There has been an overwhelming surge in people sleeping rough and couch surfing as the availability of affordable homes plummet. People and families are going hungry as the cost of living makes it near impossible for people on a low income to pay rent and afford basic essentials like food and medicine. Our community partners are noticing new cohorts needing vital support, people in employment, and young families are turning to their local charities for help.
Donations collected during CafeSmart will help those needing it most. Our community grants are vital for funding food and meals programs, emergency aid, medical and street outreach, youth programs, Domestic Violence support and other general services in the community.
Cafes in Margaret like Yahava CoffeeWorks fundraised to support local services including Just Home Margaret River…
Cafes in north Brisbane like Told You So fundraised to support local services including The Breakfast Club…
These are just a few examples of how customers and cafes create real change in their local regions through CafeSmart. Last year we made 130 grants worth $159,000 and you can read about that impact in our blog here.