The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:30 am

Councilwoman puts money where her constituents live

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

Starbucks came to Michelle Chambers' rescue Saturday afternoon.

The at large member of Fort Wayne City Council was out and about when it came time to participate in a telethon to raise money for minority entrepreneurs and artists living on the city's southeast side.

So Chambers pulled into a Starbucks parking lot to "borrow" its WiFi signal. She used her cell phone to join the Zoom session benefitting the Human Agricultural Cooperative and the Family & Friends Fund for Southeast Fort Wayne.

"What I love about this, it's a collective. The whole community is behind this," she said. "What I know is, we are stronger together."

Chambers, who has donated to the nonprofits in the past, announced she was donating an additional $100 on Saturday. Then she prepared to move on with her busy day without the benefit of a hot drink from Starbucks.

"They're not getting my five today," she said.

It was clear -- but unsaid -- that she believed the $5 could do more good in the hands of local folks trying to build small businesses.

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