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Meet our friends at Tiesta Tea

Tiesta Tea is a for-profit company, truly committed to giving back. Through their initiative, Loose Change, they are making a difference locally, nationally and around the world. From the streets of Chicago to the farm fields in Nigeria – and many places in between – Loose Change is an inspiration and example to how even small businesses can be making a huge impact. 

Learn more about the Tiesta Tea story here

Getting Involved

Every year, Tiesta Tea employees and volunteers gather together to pass out hot tea, warm clothing items and food to those less fortunate living on the cold city streets of Chicago. This year, they have joined forces with Social Works, Chance the Rapper’s Youth Empowerment Charity.

WHEN: January 19th // 5:00 PM
WHERE: 324 N. Leavitt St., Chicago, IL 60612

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Check out the two-minute highlight video of Spread The Warmth 2017!

Volunteer Opportunities

In order to effectively Spread the Warmth, here’s what is needed:

  • Helping hands to pass out tea & Warmth Kits
  • Drivers to assist in transportation to donation sites
  • Donations: warm articles of clothing (hats, coats, gloves, scarves) to share with those in need

Contact Ashley Whitney ( if you have any questions!

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More Ways to Give Involved

The Loose Change initiative goes beyond Spread The Warmth. Here are some other highlights: 

  • Water Well in Jigawa, Nigeria: All of Tiesta Tea’s hibiscus comes directly from farm villages in Nigeria. The Tiesta team traveled to one of those villages and built a water well giving everyone in the community access to healthy, clean water. Prior to this well, women and children were spending up to five hours every day collecting water for cooking, cleaning, drinking – you name it.
  • ExtraSpecialTeasEST is another nonprofit partner of Loose Change. Located in Massachusetts, it is a tea house employing adults with autism and other special needs. Tiesta Tea helps source their tea as well as donating from monthly online tea sales.
  • Loose Change: Each time an order is placed from the online tea shop, the change to the right of the decimal (aka loose change) will be donated to one of the nonprofit partners.
Learn About Loose Change!