In a collab with the world’s largest volunteer service organization, Points of Light, Starbucks will pay it forward in a pretty big way. Starbucks Service Fellows is a new service program that encourages Starbucks employees to help others, participating in a collective 17,000 hours of community service!

So what exactly is the Starbucks Service Fellows program? This pilot initiative is a six-month program that includes employees from 36 Starbucks stores across 13 different cities. Each employee will work 20 hours in their home Starbucks store and spend the other 20 hours of their work week helping a local Points of Light affiliate.

According to Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light, “We believe this bold program, designed in partnership with Starbucks, will redefine corporate engagement and the private sector’s ability to support civic engagement.”

And it’s not just Starbucks and Points of Light that are excited about this new initiative. Starbucks shift supervisor, Katharine Ospina, said in a press release, of the opportunity, “I can already see the impact we’re going to make as we become more aware of the issues our communities are facing.”

During their fellowship, Starbucks partners are still eligible to keep their employee benefits.The 36 partners who were selected for this prestigious program will serve at HandsOn Atlanta, HandsOn Bay Area, Boston Cares, HandsOn Broward, FL, Chicago Cares, VolunteerNow (in Dallas), Volunteer Fairfax, HandsOn Miami, Volunteer Houston, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, HandsOn Twin Cities, United Way of Greater St. Louis and Seattle Works.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Starbucks



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