Inspired Moments

Moments. They are powerful.

We work to create inspired moments every day in our stores. When we get these moments right, they create ripples that reach far beyond our walls. Those moments are not just meant to happen in our stores, they are meant to happen in our neighborhoods too.

It’s my community service story. It’s about creating that moment.

And I’ve learned time and time again that when I work hard to create that moment for others, the most impactful moment is the one I experience myself. The moment I am given when I choose to give. The moment when I realize the world is bigger than just my world. The moment I realize I have the power to make a difference in that world. The moment that I really experience life. Experience acceptance. Experience humanity.

And when I experience that moment, it creates momentum – a momentum that is difficult to describe and even more difficult to extinguish.

I would have never known the power of these moments if I had not been invited to be part of one. A passionate Starbucks store manager named Yuli influenced me and her peers to wake up early on our day off to serve. We drove across Los Angeles to an overgrown garden at Crenshaw High School. We worked. We worked hard. We experienced a moment. A moment that still inspires me to this day. A moment that created a team, a team of leaders dedicated to each other and to being a positive force for action in our neighborhood.

Since that day the team has also cleared out that overgrown garden at Crenshaw High School. We also cleared the alleys by Jefferson High School. We painted a mural on a bare wall at Edison Middle School. We’ve walked for cancer, AIDS and water. We’ve planted trees and painted lifeguard towers.

We created moments. Moments for our neighborhood that inspired optimism. Moments that inspired growth. Moments for me that inspired change and made a difference in my life.

So here’s to you, team.

Thank you for inviting me into that moment. Thank you for making a difference in our communities and in my life. As a team we set out to serve our neighborhood, and now we see that our neighborhood has served us, inspired us and changed us.

These moments must be shared, and we desire the globe to experience them with us in April.

My team and I are going back to Crenshaw High School on April 9. If you live in Southern California, join us. We will show you that garden where it started for us. We invite you to have a moment. An inspired moment.

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    • kallstate
    • 3/29/2011 6:13 AM

    This program is GREAT! We all need to get involved. I had to laugh though as I have tried (repeatedly) to get our local Starbucks managers here in San Jose (Campbell) California involved in our community projects only to be nubbed by them. It's nice to know that the upper management of Starbucks wants to help! Please require your local managers to get involved also. Thanks.

    • admin admin
    • 3/29/2011 11:22 AM

    @kallstate: here's a link to some volunteer projects Starbucks partners in San Jose are leading: http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/community/partner-events?state=California&city=San+Jose

    • llsae2
    • 3/29/2011 5:01 PM

    Go, Jessica! Thank you for inspiring and leading the way for others to serve and give back. I will be there with you on the 9th and look forward to making an impact in the Los Angeles community. And I'm bringing my partners with me!

    • eric@jazzandcoffee.com
    • 4/3/2011 5:45 PM

    Why not try cities like Detroit, who need the volunteers more than a well off city like Seattle or New York?

    • admin admin
    • 4/5/2011 8:35 AM

    Here's a link to the service projects Starbucks is helping out with in Detroit this month: http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/community/partner-events?state=Michigan&city=DETROIT

    • intergenerations13
    • 4/17/2011 4:46 AM

    I'm a barista in Myrtle Beach, SC....I'd love to start a community service project...how do I do that?

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