Submitted by Starbucks Corporation
"Our partners and customers have shown a phenomenal commitment and enthusiasm to their communities this September, setting the stage for what will be a record year of volunteerism for the Make Your Mark program," said Lauren Moore, director of Giving and Community Affairs at Starbucks. "The Make Your Mark program is also creating touch points for non-profit organizations throughout large and small communities, offering non-profits new sustainable relationships with volunteers, a financial contribution and a forum for communicating their mission."
Volunteers donated their time to benefit more than 300 unique non-profit organizations across the United States and Canada. Highlights from the Make Your Mark program in September include:
Visit Starbucks.com for additional project results and information.
Established in early 2000, Make Your Mark is a year-round program that supports and encourages Starbucks partners and their friends, family and customers to volunteer in their communities. This program is distinctive because Starbucks grants cash donations to non-profit organizations in support of not only partner but also customer volunteer hours. For the second consecutive year, Starbucks has made the Make Your Mark program a primary focus for the company both internally and externally during the month of September, with in-store signage, advertising and a heightened presence on Starbucks.com.
The Make Your Mark program in September nearly doubled the historical totals for the three-year-old program. From its inception in 2000 through August 2003, the Make Your Mark program generated nearly 150,000 volunteer hours at more than 900 projects, with Starbucks financial contributions totaling more than $750,000. With the new September figures, the program, life-to-date, has generated 250,000 volunteer hours at more than 1200 projects, with financial contributions exceeding $1.2 million.
Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 7,000 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino® coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot™ coffee drink, and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company's brand portfolio provides a wide variety of consumer products. Tazo Tea's line of innovative premium teas and Hear Music's exceptional compact discs enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products. The Seattles Best Coffee® and Torrefazione Italia® Coffee brands enable Starbucks to appeal to a broader consumer base by offering an alternative variety of coffee flavor profiles.
It's the way we do business Contributing positively to our communities and environment is so important to Starbucks that it's a guiding principle of our mission statement. We jointly fulfill this commitment with partners (employees), at all levels of the company, by getting involved together to help build stronger communities and conserve natural resources.
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