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.