Fountain Porter hosts a fundraiser for youth-run cafe

CORRECTION: The correct hours for the Saturday pop-up are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A fundraiser for the Monkey and the Elephant Cafe, a pop-up coffee shop run by former foster-care youth, is being held at the Fountain Porter tonight from 6-9 p.m. Lisa Miccolis, the founder of the cafe, is hoping that money raised can help her initiative take some big next steps in providing opportunities for young people who traditionally have trouble finding employment.

Having worked in cafes for six years, Miccolis understands the biz and she’s been impacted by some of the homeless and foster care youth that she’s met and worked with in other capacities. So, she believes that a coffee shop can be a great workplace for them to challenge themselves and gain leadership skills.

Currently, the Monkey and the Elephant Cafe is operating as a pop-up at Taffets Bakery in the Italian Market1024 S 9th St, every Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Eventually, the plan is to operate its own brick and mortar place, staffed mostly by youth who have recently aged out of the foster-care system. They will operate most of the daily tasks and also be leaders in constructing business plans and other aspects of running the business alongside supportive mentors, gaining important work-readiness skills and connections to positive role models.

The event features a silent auction and is free to attend. Bonus: the Fountain Porter is extending its happy hour through 9 p.m. A chance to enjoy $1.50 off drafts at one of East Passyunk’s hot new spots and send the savings towards a (potentially) new neighborhood hangout? Win-win.

Check here for the invite and here for more info about Monkey and Elephant.

Even if you can’t make it, head by Fountain Porter at 10th and Tasker
just to give them a little love for their community spirit

– Caroline Voyles, @CarolineVoyles