At Tiesta Tea, we believe in Living Loose each and every day. Living Loose isn’t just about tea. It’s about community. It’s about accepting, inspiring, and helping each other. We want to enhance every day experiences by improving the world around us. Sure, we can do that with loose leaf tea, but it doesn’t stop there.
For us, Loose Change isn’t one single charity, donation, or volunteer event. It’s anything we can do with our time, talents and passions to help enhance everyone’s experiences in life. We strive to give back to communities through our online Loose Change initiative, annual Chicagoland volunteer events and national nonprofit partnerships. We want to make the world a better place!
Creating Loose Change is simple and happens with every online purchase! Each time you place an order from our online tea shop, the change to the right of the decimal (aka your loose change) will be donated to our nonprofit partner. So, every time you order, you’re helping make Loose Change.
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. Local businesses donate food, toiletries, warm clothing items and coats to be put into Warmth Kits that are passed out at local shelters across the city. With the help of volunteers from our community, we pass out these Warmth Kits and cups of hot tea to those who find themselves sleeping on the cold city streets. It’s our vision to make Spread The Warmth a Chicago-wide event that encourages the entire Chicago community to come together and give back.
At our 2nd Annual Spread The Warmth event, with the help of 150 volunteers, we created 350 Warmth Kits, passed out 2,000 cups of hot tea and visited 10 social service agencies in the Chicagoland area. We doubled our efforts from the 2016 Spread the Warmth event!
Purpose. Possibility. Gratitude.
“At ExtraSpecialTeas, we will always be committed each and everyday to inspiring a future where everyone with intellectual or developmental challenges get that they matter and feel they belong to their community. The future belongs to everyone belonging.” – ExtraSpecialTeas
In 2015, ExtraSpecialTeas, a nonprofit tea house located in Great Barrington, MA, opened its doors to show the world that the future belongs to everyone belonging! EST brings together those with extra special needs and their community together to empower everyone with a sense of purpose, self invention and social innovation. ExtraSpecialTeas employs those with autism and other special needs and provides daytime habilitation therapies and vocational opportunities. Tiesta Tea’s partnership with EST runs throughout the year and includes helping ExtraSpecialTeas source their tea as well as donating Loose Change every month from Tiesta Tea’s online sales.