Crowdfunding is proving to be an unstoppable force. The online fundraising strategy that allows normal folk to donate small amounts of money, often in exchange for goods and services, is surpassing all expectations of what can be achieved through community support. John Gorilla and Senor BBQ are both recent examples of how Melbourne has gotten behind start-up enterprises, pushing them over the funding finish line to become successful local ventures.

Now STREAT, the social enterprise cafe operator that works with homeless and disadvantaged youths to provide employment and training, is asking for our help, so you can feel doubly good about lending them a bit of good will.

Their new campaign through crowdfunding platform Pozible is aiming to reach a target of $40,000 – half of what they need for their new permanent Melbourne Central Cafe. With Melbourne Central generously matching dollar for dollar for every pledge made through Pozible, they’ve already hit $35,000 through worldwide pledges to buy cookbooks, coffee, food, privately catered meals and more. The catch is that they need to hit their target by November 30, or all the Pozible donations will be cancelled.

STREAT started back in 2010 as a humble pop-up food cart in Federation Square. Now the initiative boasts three cafes and a boutique coffee roasting business, and has provided 52 at-risk young people with training and support. With five full classes having now graduated from the program, the majority have gone on to find jobs across Melbourne with their new skills, most for the first time in their lives.

So jump online at pozible.com and pledge some support. You’ll not only being supporting another great Melbourne start-up, you’ll be helping to solve the enormous problems faced by disadvantaged and homeless youth in our city. Now that’s something you can feel good about.