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Co Ground/Co Ground Coffee | Melbourne

Charity/Social Enterprise: Co Ground/Co Ground Coffee

Location: 26 Sydney Road, Brunswick, VIC, AUS

Contact: Nicole Precel, Communications Advisor

What is Co Ground all about?

Co-Ground is not your classic charity. It is a global network of changemakers working together to make equality real. Through social enterprise, vibrant events and committed volunteers, Co-Ground feeds 100% of its profits where they counts most, in our community programs. We have education and livelihood programs in the Asia-Pacific that are all community developed and led, ensuring our impact is sustainable. Our efforts are concentrated in Vanuatu within the Sara Village of Epi Island, but we’re in the works of expanding our impact. We believe in the power of people to drive change, with a vision to achieve real equality and to do this “yumi olgeta” (all together)!

How long have you been operating?

Two and a half years

Where did the idea start?

Co-Ground launched in 2015 in response to the devastation caused by record-breaking category 5 Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. After receiving overwhelming support from our Australia and Vanuatu-based communities, we continued to grow and realise the potential impact we could have.

How do TOWNHALL Citizens or visitors get involved? Are you open to collaboration – if so, what kind?

There are so many ways you can get involved- like us on social media, tell your friends and family, come to a gig, donate, or volunteer! If you’re in Melbourne, why not head over to our social enterprise Co-Ground Coffee and enjoy a specialty coffee or cheesy toastie knowing that 100% of your coin is going towards a good cause! We also host monthly artist and flea markets, which you can either scavenge through or register to sell your own goodies at!

Do you have any success stories?

In the two and half years (since we began), Co-Ground ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to start our social enterprise cafe Co-Ground Coffee and in that short period of time we’ve delivered a range of projects which are led, driven and developed by the community including building a library in remote Vanuatu, upgrading and repairing the Sara Primary School, building a third classroom, developing literacy programs and supplying resources to the school.

Thanks to the support from our volunteers and partners, we’ve had a number of successes. In 2015, Co-Ground director Andrew Mellody won the National Anti-Poverty Award. Co-Ground also won the Jetstar Flying Start Grant award in 2017.

Do you have a project on TOWNHALL or an important event or mission coming up?

Look out for our next Artist and Flea markets at Co-Ground Coffee!

Are you raising funds for anything specific or rallying for a specific cause right now?

In Melbourne, Co-Ground has developed Ground Studios, a not-for-profit pop up artist studio space, an art gallery to engage and encourage local artists as well as the Brunswick Flea Market, which promotes a reuse/recycle culture and the Brunswick Artist Market. We’re also in the works of expanding our impact across more regions in the Asia Pacific!

Any interesting facts you can share?

Co-Ground is currently working to develop projects in the Philippines!

What’s the overall vision for Co Ground?

Our vision is a world without poverty by 2030, and know the only way to achieve this is by working “yumi olgeta” (all together). We believe in the power of education and know real change comes from empowered communities.

What’s your ‘why’?

We want to make equality real and we know we’re not alone! Co-Ground is built and powered by communities that make our programs and 100% model possible. In creating real, sustainable change we work to empower grassroots programs and ensure our work stays at the community level.

Anything else you’d like to add or that you think we should know?

If you’d like to stay up to date on our events, programs and news then jump on our website or follow us on social media!

Website: HERE

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