Sunday, June 5, 2011

Starbucks Community Service

Photo Credit: Starbucks Communities

Free wifi is being provided at the National Conference for Volunteering & Service by Starbucks, so as we mooch free internet from beneath their green umbrella in the exhibit hall, it would probably be best to highlight a few of the other good deeds this coffee company has done:
  • Good Neighbors: Global Month of Service: In April 2011, Starbucks employees and customers from around the world made a positive impact by committing to donate 200,000 hours of service in 30 days in their local communities.
  • Youth Action Grants: Starbucks gave out $2.6 million in grants to organizations that focus on youth.  They also pledged to contribute 1 million hours of community service and engage 50,000 young people to take action -- all by 2015!  To see their progress, visit the Community Involvement page.
  • STARBUCKS (RED): The Lazarus Effect:  Did you know that 40 cents could save a life?  Watch the video, then go to your local Starbucks and use your (STARBUCKS)RED Card to purchase a coffee to make a contribution to The Global Fund to help those with HIV/AIDS in Africa.  See our previous posts on (RED) and The Global Fund here and here.
  • Ethos Water Fund: 1 billion people do not have access to clean water.  Ethos Water was created through the Starbucks Foundation to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs in needed areas around the world.
The President of Starbucks Coffee U.S., Cliff Burrows, will be speaking at the NCVS conference on Tuesday at the CEO Roundtable about how his company is working to solve difficult societal problems.  Thank you Starbucks, for providing your communities with coffee and service.


  1. Starbucks has done some great things philanthropically! Besides their gifts of time and money to external organizations, they ethically source their coffee and invest in farmers and their communities. Responsibility is such a core part of their mission as a company that they devote a link to it at the top of every page of their website; one of five primary links.

    I'm proud of Starbucks and their commitment as a business to make an impact beyond coffee.

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Michael!