The Tiesta Tea Foundation was created to focus on providing assistance to those facing economic hardship, increasing acceptance and awareness of those with special needs or disabilities, as well as providing clean, safe drinking water to villages of developing countries.
PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THOSE STRUGGLING ECONOMICALLY IN CHICAGO
WHAT: Spread the Warmth is an event we hold every January to provide warmth and everyday necessities to our fellow Chicagoans. Each year, volunteers gather together to pass out hot tea and Warmth Kits to those in shelters, soup kitchens and on city streets.
TOTAL IMPACT: Since its inception in 2016, we have teamed up with over 500 volunteers, passed out 4,000 Warmth Kits and shared over 5,500 cups of hot tea.
INCREASE ACCEPTANCE, AWARENESS AND INCLUSION OF THOSE WITH SPECIAL ABILITIES
WHAT: We partner with Extra Special Teas (EST), a nonprofit tea house focused on bringing those with extra special needs and their community together through tea and empowering everyone with a sense of purpose.
TOTAL IMPACT: We began our partnership with EST in 2015, helping them source their tea as well as donating funds to support their day programs and daily operating expenses. EST currently employs 12 participants with special abilities to run the tea house operations.
PROVIDE CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER TO THOSE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
WHAT: We believe that having easy access to clean water is an important human right, so we created the Living Well Project, a program dedicated to installing water wells in farming villages throughout Nigeria.
TOTAL IMPACT: Our first well was installed in the Jigawa region of Nigeria in 2017; our most recent well was built in 2022. To date, we have built four water wells, which will impact a total of 200,000 people over their lifetime.