Union Coffee Shop: Giving Back Locally

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Calling all DALLAS friends! Need a relaxing place to study or work? Want to be more involved in your community? You should check out Union Coffee Shop! Union is much more than coffee. This coffee shop centers around building community and giving back. I am amazed by all the good going on at Union. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike, founding pastor and community curator of Union and learned how this three year old coffee shop has positively impacted the Dallas area.

Every few months Union chooses a local non-profit organization to donate to. Currently 10% of Union’s sales are donated to disaster relief in North Texas for victims of tornados. Union has worked with organizations including Project Transformation, North Texas Food Bank, The Family Place, and more. In addition to donating, this coffee shop engages customers and staff in a variety of community building events. One of their monthly events is Capes 4 Kids. Volunteers gather at the coffee shop to create superhero capes for kids with chronic illnesses then dress as superheroes and deliver these capes to the kids.

There are a number of planned events to appeal to different people in the community.

  • “The Naked Stage” is an event held once a week for people to tell their personal stories relating to a chosen theme.
  • “The Classic Blend” brings classical music performances to the coffee shop for patrons to enjoy.
  • “Dallas Kazoo Choir” encourages musical creativity by providing a kazoo for all participants. All kazoo players learn a specific part then the group puts it all together in a performance.
  • “Slam” is spoken poetry night for literary lovers.

Mike and his friends started Union because they wanted to see the church more embedded in the community. One of the ways they uphold this mission is with worship services held at the coffee shop. These services mainly draw in young professionals, those who are struggling with their faith, and those who may have left their church.

The coffee is great too! I ordered a regular latte and it was delicious. Union considers their coffee “beyond fair trade.” They strive to buy directly from the farmers, cutting out the middleman. This allows more profit for the farmers and builds a trusted relationship between buyer and seller. Union makes a difference by choosing where to purchase their coffee beans and YOU can make a difference by choosing where you purchase your latte!  As Mike said, “At the end of the day, people make all their purchases based on their story. At Union we offer a story that reinforces generosity in our customer’s narrative.”

Union is doing so much good for the community. I encourage you to get involved and make your coffee purchase count! Check it out!