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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
Supporters
597 of 250
238% of goal supported
Social Reach
772,961
People
Time Left
18 days
Ends Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Support Perky Planet Coffee & Social Revolution in sharing this message.

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.

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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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