Since its beginning in 2003, StreetSmart has raised more than $3 million to help Australia’s homeless via the 843 grassroots charities it now supports nationwide.
With its annual CafeSmart Day, coffee shops across the country donate to charity $1 for every coffee sold. This means you can be charitable by simply getting your daily caffeine fix and the cafes will foot the bill. Though of course, you’re welcome to dip into your pocket and match the donation yourself.
“The beauty of the events we put on,” explains StreetSmart director Adam Robinson, “is that we’re able to unite local communities in raising money, through micro-donations, for those who really need it.”
Choosing to only donate to small, local charities, Robinson is pleased to be raising awareness for some lesser-known projects that need support, while also creating discussion around the broader issue of homelessness. The money raised at each cafe goes to local charities, meaning your money supports community projects near you.
Last year 275 cafes across Australia participated in CafeSmart, raising almost $84,000. Ninety Seven New South Wales projects received funding, including the Killara Women's Refuge, Milk Crate Theatre, OzHarvest Newcastle and more. To find a full list of who’s receiving funding visit the StreetSmart website.
With August 8 fast approaching, 164 cafes have already signed up. Among these there are 57 in Sydney, including hot-spots such as Coffee Tea & Me, Excelsior Jones, Little Mule Cafe, Reuben Hills, Posto 19 and Ruby's Diner. You can check the full list here, and if your local cafe isn’t there encourage them to sign up today.
Most importantly this CafeSmart Day, make sure to go out of your way to grab a coffee from a participating cafe.
CafeSmart Day is August 8. Discover more at streetsmartaustralia.org, where you can also pledge to donations independently.