Since we started trading in 2008, we’ve been committed to enriching and supporting the communities in which we operate and we’re proud that our cafes can provide a safe, welcoming environment for our customers.
We believe that a strong community is socially connected, engaged, inclusive, collaborative, healthy and diverse - and we’re always looking for more ways to lend support. Reach out if you have an idea on how we can help!
Currently we’re proud to partner with and support the following community organisations:
FITZROY LEARNING NETWORK
NATIONAL HOMELESS COLLECTIVE
FREE TO FEED
Click & Read
Bridge Darebin is a not-for-profit community organisation based in Preston and Thornbury. It’s a registered charity, a social enterprise, a learn local center and a neighbourhood house. Bridge Darebin aims to strengthen the local community by providing social and educational services to those who need it most and what sets them apart is their entrepreneurial approach. Notably, Bridge Darebin operates Moon Rabbit - an environmentally innovative social enterprise cafe that puts people and the planet first. Moon Rabbit also operates as a training ground for Bridge Darebin’s Tiered Training and Transition program (TTT), a tailored work-readiness program that provides hospitality training to people who are neurodivergent and/or experience anxiety or other mental health challenges. They also run a Bulk Foods collective where customers can access affordable grocery items and purchase them plastic-free. Last year they also launched their mobile coffee and food van, Moon Rabbit On the Hop, which services the inner north.
We’re proud that Moon Rabbit chooses to brew and sell our coffees and sell them at their Bulk Foods Collective and we’re proud to contribute to the TTT program training year-on-year.
Find out more via bridgedarebin.org.au
Established in 1985, the Fitzroy Learning Network (FLN) is a safe place for refugees, migrants, and people living in social housing to learn and connect. Located on Napier St, opposite the Fitzroy Town Hall, FLN aims to create and facilitate opportunities for social, cultural and economic participation for their community members. They do this by providing education and resources, a friendly community, a welcoming physical place and social support to those who need it.
A not-for-profit and Registered Training Organisation, the FLN offers an array of courses. These range from accredited English language courses, to pre-accredited and community courses on topics such as computing, craft and sewing, gardening and pathways to employment. We’re proud to donate coffee beans and equipment to keep the FLN community caffeinated. Read more about this partnership in our stories or find out more about the FLN here.
National Homeless Collective is a grassroots Australian charity that creates solutions to complex issues arising from homelessness, domestic violence, and social disadvantage.
NHC was founded in 2015 by Donna Stolzenberg, whose lived experience of homeslessness helps to inform and strengthen the NHC’s approach. Their impact strategies are streamlined into different ‘projects’, each with a tailored approach to the specific issues they tackle.
We’re proud to donate espresso training to the Plate Up Project, which provides hospitality training to people experiencing homelessness or fleeing domestic violence. Participants of the Plate Up Project learn about cooking, making coffee and other vital hospitality skills in real-life environments with trained professionals.
Find out more via nhcollective.
Free to Feed is a not-for-profit social enterprise that was founded in 2015 to assist refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants. Free to Feed helps new migrants to find meaningful employment opportunities using their existing skills and experiences, and also helps to overcome the sense of social isolation that is often faced by new arrivals by facilitating community building and interconnectivity.
Free to Feed host authentic food experiences and workshops, events and provide catering. Since its inception, Free to feed has provided over 21,800 hours of paid training and distributed over $545,700 in employment wages to refugees and people seeking asylum.
We’re proud to serve Free to Feed at our Collingwood location.
Find out more via freetofeed.