When world collide, energy is released. That’s why we wanted to open a coffee shop at the intersection of so many thriving sub-communities in Dallas. It would be a waste if we didn’t do something with the generative power that naturally develops when people from different worlds share the same place. At Union, we take the energy of a great coffee shop and convert it into a hub of generosity.
Since Union opened a little over a year ago, we’ve worked to make a difference in our neighborhood. 10% of all coffee-related sales benefit a non-profit, offering Dallas a choice on where they’d like their coffee money to go. We’re proud of that, but we don’t want to stop there. Here’s a sample of some of what we’ve done.
HUNGER: As our first adopted cause, we raised the funds to provide 7,000+ meals and 60 volunteer hours for North Texas Foodbank. We also partnered with Mustang Heroes to raise funds and awareness for NTFB and hosted several events surrounding hunger issues in Dallas and our country.
DISASTER-RELIEF: In the spring of 2013, we raised over $5,000 for disaster-relief efforts in New Jersey following the destructive wake of Hurricane Sandy.
CHILDHOOD LITERACY: In the summer and fall of 2013, we raised over $2,500 for Project Transformation, a local organization that takes college students and empowers them to lead childhood literacy programs in low-income Dallas neighborhoods. We also collected children’s books and hosted several events for Project Transformation as they developed their team of all-star college interns.
PARTNER VIOLENCE: In 2014, we raised funds, awareness and engagement around Domestic Violence through a partnership with The Family Place. In addition to raising over $8,000 for domestic violence preventation & response, Union partnered with the agency to launch Safe on Sunday, a campaign that trained over 100 area church leaders in how to raise awareness of Domestic Violence in their congregations and respond to it in helpful ways when community members are victims, survivors or abusers. Union also partnered with Glazed Donut Works to bring donuts and coffee to all of the employees at The Family Place’s shelter, school and counseling center. Over the course of the year we mobilized over 200 volunteer hours to benefit their work.
YOUTH INCARCERATION: In 2014 and 2015, Union built on its friendship with Cafe Momentum by raising awareness and dedicating 10% of coffee sales to their work with incarcerated teens. Participants in Cafe Momentum’s program have become regulars on The Naked Stage and participated in a joint fundraiser with stories by Union favorite, Rawlins Gilliland. Through various events, Union has raised over $6,000 for Cafe Momentum‘s outstanding work at reducing the recitivism rate and increasing employment post-release for some of Dallas’ most at risk teens.
IN 2.5 YEARS, UNION HAS DONATED OVER $25,000 TO NON-PROFIT AGENCIES
OTHER WORK: In addition to our adopted causes, we do our best to care for the well-being of our neighborhood. Below is a list of some of the organizations we’ve partnered with to make a positive difference in the past couple months. If you are a part of our neighborhood and feel like we might be able to help, let us know! Shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Capes 4 Kids: Once a month we turn Union into a cape-making factory, crank out as many kid-sized capes as we can and then send them off to pediatric hospitals with a team of costumed volunteers. This idea originated by Union regulars, Cody Reynolds and Jordan Loetscher and has been built upon by the great people who hang out at Union.
Stonewall Jackson Elementary: Collected snacks and baked goods (plus airpots full of great coffee) to treat their teachers during testing weeks. Union hosts SJE’s yearly career fair by enlisting our regular customer to share their stories with neighborhood children.
Bed Start: Coordinated volunteers for six service days, picking up and delivering furniture to families in transition. Through Bed Start, we were able to support veterans, families moving out of homelessness and refugees getting a new start in the United States. We were thrilled to build a connection between Bed Start and Entrepreneurs for North Texas that strengthened both of their efforts.
Mayor’s Star Council: Through Community Curator, Mike Baughman, Union has played a role in the Mayor’s Star Council. In addition to hosting MSC events and meetings, Union tries to provide support and encouragement to a group of outstanding teens at Madison High School in South Dallas.
Students: In addition to providing caffeine and a great place to study, Union does its best to take care of students buried in the stress of finals. Events on campus, free cookies, s’mores, dance breaks and late hours are just some of the ways we tried to provide a little extra care.
If you are interested in getting involved or have ideas on ways that Union could get involved in helping your organization make a positive difference, contact email@example.com