UPDATE 7/8/2020 from Coffee at Large:
We completed the first round of fund distribution for baristas affected by COVID-19 last month, and we will continue to distribute the remainder.
To support the WA Barista community in a responsive manner, we are opening up grant applications monthly while the effects of COVID continue. We are prioritizing funds to those holding marginalized identities and those experiencing the most severe financial hardship.
We are so grateful to The Chain Collaborative and each and every donor who make this incredible project possible. With your support we have been able to make funds available to over 300 and counting baristas across Washington.
UPDATE 5/9/2020 from Coffee at Large:
Ya’ll, we are speechless. 🎉 With the help of incredibly generous individuals and Seattle Coffee Gear, we have raised enough money to make our first distribution to baristas. We’ve surpassed our original goal, but this is a good thing because our sign up list has nearly doubled since we set our goal! We’re beyond grateful for Seattle Coffee Gear and each of our donors’ support and to able put this support to work for the community… not to mention The Chain Collaborative who makes this project possible!
Here's a note from Seattle Coffee Gear CEO Mike Atkinson about the recent contributions SCG has given to the community (Here's an article about it) :
"Craft roasters, baristas, and technicians are the backbone of the specialty coffee industry. Since the onset of the Stay at Home orders, it has been top of mind on how we can help the people within the coffee industry that have been hit so hard by this awful pandemic. The survival of these small businesses and baristas is vital to the future of specialty coffee. This was a heartfelt effort by the team at Seattle Coffee Gear to put this campaign together and give back to our coffee community, that in turn, has given so much to us."
We have increased our goal amount to keep up with the number of baristas (320) who signed up before May 1st. Because we know the needs of WA baristas have changed throughout this last month, we are pivoting to be able to best support
the vulnerable in the community right now. This means we are touching base with all who have signed up, making the first round of distribution of $50 each to those 320 Washington baristas while giving them the option to opt-out and defer their payment back to the fund. The remainder of the fund will be made available to focus intensively on those experiencing financial hardship right now.
Lastly, we will be running this fund throughout the impact of COVID, in other words, for the foreseeable future, in order to help our Washington community weather this storm through. Get in touch if you'd like to support WA baristas!
If your day has ever been brightened by a cup of coffee, consider tipping your baristas today.
Coffee shops are the places where communities come together and ideas are born. Those who power coffee shops are baristas, who create an environment where the community can meet, study, work, explore, and communicate. When this resource goes away because of COVID-19, it is not only the coffee shops that are hit hard, but everyone who knows the value of community.
Currently, coffee shops in Washington are either closed or have drastically cut hours, rendering people without a creative place to convene and baristas without a living wage. This fund directly helps baristas who are laid off, unemployed, and underemployed due to COVID-19 and who are in need of emergency funds in order to pay rent, bills, and buy food.
Just like in the restaurant business, baristas rely on tips in order to make rent and pay bills. Even if continuing to receive some wages, real income for baristas has decreased. And even with a stimulus package, funds may not be available for months, meaning late and overdraft fees are adding up.
With your support, we can help baristas and coffee shops ride out this storm, and rebuild the community, ensuring it is stronger than ever before. In order to preserve the communities that make Washington unique and maintain the spaces that allow our ideas to thrive, we must act now to save our baristas.
If your day has ever been brightened by a cup of coffee,
Tip today, and add a note to your barista!
If we meet our $17,000 goal, each barista who was signed up under Washington State on tipjardatabase.coffee at the time of posting will receive $100 toward living expenses. Applicant numbers are increasing, we are working on figuring out what this will mean for our first distributions in the beginning of May. If you know of any community foundations who are willing to match donations, please reach us at one of the emails below.
Coffee shops are an integral part of any community, notably within the city of Seattle, which has been recognized as the coffee capital of the United States.
Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
We are looking for matching individual and business sponsors, so that tips can go twice as far. To become a matching sponsor, please email us at the address below. We will publish your name or organization here, for example:
Generous Sponsor has committed to match $500 worth of donations
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you have any questions