One of the first things you will learn about me is that I am a huge coffee drinker. I have been a Starbucks’ gold member for years, and (although I shouldn’t admit to this) I probably make as many trips to Starbucks as I do to the office. As a result, it was no surprise to me that Starbucks values community engagement. The Starbucks website says, “We have always believed Starbucks can –and should—have a positive impact on the communities we serve. One person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.”
I had no idea how true this was until I reached out to Starbucks about giving back to our community through United Way of Salt Lake. Cari Johnson, a Starbucks Manager and District Community Lead, reached out to me immediately to explore ways for us to make a difference together. A few weeks later, Starbucks employees came to Guadalupe School to read with students for Dr. Seuss Day. Additionally, they decided to hold a book drive across ten Starbucks locations for students in our Community Schools. Customers were encouraged to bring children’s books to their local Starbucks throughout the month of March, in honor of Dr. Seuss Day. We are excited to see smiles on so many students’ faces when they get their own new book, thanks to the generosity of Starbucks staff and customers!
This Starbucks group isn’t done yet – they are already eager to set up their next volunteer opportunity. We are so excited the see the difference that they will make as they change the odds for students and their families!
Thank you for LIVING UNITED!