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Coffee & Social Revolution

by Perky Planet Coffee & Social Revolution category: Crowdfunding

“Help us spread the word to #EndTheWord as we create meaningful work and inclusion for adults with disabilities. http://thndr.me/9aXVte

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Perky Planet Coffee & Social Revolution
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970 of 250
388% of goal supported
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994,046
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This campaign ended on March 07, 2018 at 10AM

Over 70% of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are unemployed, despite the fact that many are eager and able to work.  Employers who do hire people with IDD's often describe them as ideal employees.  Our neighbors with disabilities often feel isolated and that their lives don't matter.  On the other hand small businesses are struggling to find employees, especially in the hospitality industry. 

At Perky Planet we will use technology and business practice changes to provide employment opportunities and model the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.  Our first store is under construction in Burlington VT and will open summer 2018.  It will utilize universal design, automated barista machinery, unpretentious menu items, and individualized training to provide excellent coffee and service to the community. 

We are a small team of entrepreneurs and special educators who believe that meaningful long term reduction in the unemployment rate will happen when small businesses realize the untapped potential and talent available.  We believe that the community is ready to accept, value, and include people with disabilities.  

Our Indiegogo campaign provides wonderful rewards at many different levels.  We will use those funds to offset the extra equipment and payroll expenses we anticipate.  We are also using the campaign to validate the assumption that people are willing to get outside their comfort zone just a little to patronize our coffee shop.

  • Today is the Day!

    March 7, 2018
    Today is the day! Please visit Perky Planet facebook page for talking points and information, and also our crowdfunding page at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/perky-planet-coffee-shop-and-social-revolution-community/x/100377...
  • Tomorrow is #EndTheWord day!

    March 6, 2018
    At 10 am tomorrow our Thunderclap campaign will happen.  We have also started our Indiegogo campaign to build a coffee shop for our neighbors with disabilities!  Find out more here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/perky-planet-coffee-shop-and-social-revolution-community/x/10037708#/
  • Just 17 days left in #EndTheWord Campaign

    February 18, 2018

    On March 7 at 10:00 am Eastern (U.S.) time our social media flash mob begins.  We have nearly 600 Supporters with a social media following of 775,000 taking part.  Please invite your friends to take part as well by having them visit https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/67160-coffee-social-revolution and click on "Support with Facebook"

    Below is a fact sheet about the End The Word campaign.

    Thanks!

    Perky Planet

     

    Spread the Word to End the Word® Fact Sheet

     

     

    WHAT

    Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful and disrespectful words can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.

     

    The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

     

    WHEN

    The annual day of awareness is held the first Wednesday of March. While most activities are centered on or near that annual day in March, people everywhere can help spread the word throughout their communities and schools year-round through pledge drives, youth rallies and online activation.

     

    WHO

    Spread the Word to End the Word was founded by college students Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame 2011) and Tim Shriver (Yale 2011) in 2009, and continues to be led by passionate young people, along with Special Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants across the United States and in many other parts of the world.

     

    WHY

    Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the R-word.

     

    Language affects attitudes. Attitudes impact actions. Make your pledge for #Respect today at www.R-word.org.

     

    HOW

    Visit www.r-word.org to learn how you can Spread the Word to End the Word.


Organizer

Perky Planet Coffee & Social Revolution
@ThePerkyPlanet

We are building a coffee shop from the ground up to provide meaningful, competitively paid employment for our neighbors with disabilities. By creating a culture where people are valued, acceptance and inclusion comes naturally.

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