Join StreetSmart And Make A Difference

Homelessness and the housing crisis is all over the news, it’s visible on our streets and seems to be getting worse, not better. We can’t ignore it, but this is how you can do a little something to help those organisations on the front line.

The beauty of StreetSmart is its simplicity. It is an innovative, easy fundraising scheme which works during the winter season when people begin to think about those less fortunate than themselves. It’s an easy way for people to ‘Dine Out and Help Out’.

Over the last four years, our community has successfully raised over €120,000, all of which has gone on to help homeless charities such as the Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland, Stepping Stone, Inner City Helping Homeless, Novas Limerick and The Irish Soup Kitchen Centers who provide services, housing, advocacy and solutions to those impacted by homelessness.

With the benefit of a table-card or a reference on the menu which explains the StreetSmart idea, a voluntary €2 is added to each tables bill during November, December and January. At the end of the campaign all participating restaurants pass on the money raised to StreetSmart and its new registered charity partner SCOOP/SyriasVibes. .

StreetSmart is ultimately about bringing together the restaurant industry to address the biggest social crisis for a generation. We realise that the success of this campaign depends on you, your managers and staff getting behind it. I hope you can join us in making this year’s campaign the most successful yet.

The first step is to sign up to start your restaurant’s registration. We will follow this up with the point of contact to arrange to pop in with all the print material you will need to get the ball rolling.

Brian Cuddy
StreetSmart Project Manager.


    Administration

    The campaign runs from November, December and into January.
    The use of electronic tills makes the administration very straightforward.
    For most till systems a 0 VAT button is simply allocated to StreetSmart.
    Staff add the donation to each tables bill. At close of business each day, the end of day report gives the sum totals for StreetSmart.

    Customer Awareness

    The table card and accompanying flyers/posters explain to the customer that a voluntary €2 donation will be added to the bill.
    It is important that customers should be made aware of the campaign by staff when that are seated.
    Each table displays a table-card.
    Each bill is delivered with a Thank You card.
    Please re-use the table-cards as much as possible.
    For any customer queries, simply ask the customer to check out our website and social media pages or give them a one of our flyers which explain in more detail what we do.
    There is no hard sell, it’s not a problem if they don’t want to donate.

    Customer Participation

    Over the last five years, feedback from staff and customers has overwhelmingly been positive. Depending on the location of your restaurant, homelessness on our streets is hard to ignore and during the lead-up to Christmas, most customers are very happy to ‘give a little something back’ after enjoying their meal.

    Cost to the restaurant

    StreetSmart provides all print materials to the restaurant, a small help pack will also be delivered. Administration is the only burden which is minimal.

    Restaurant staff and tips

    Last year, restaurants here reported that participating in StreetSmart Ireland’s ‘Dine Out Help Out’ campaign had no effect on the level of tipping. Their experience has shown that customers are happy to contribute to the scheme and don’t make any adjustment to the level of tip they would normally leave.

    At the end of the campaign

    We liaise with your accounts department to collect and pass on the money raised to our chosen Irish homeless charities and projects.

    You can also contact Brian by email info@streetsmartireland.org or call +353 87 775 9614

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