New York: Lending a Hand in the Harlem Community

Despite gray skies and ongoing rain, there was great enthusiasm among the 500+ Starbucks partners, customers, community members and local organizations. Service projects took place within a 20 block radius and helped transform parts of the West Harlem and Morningside Heights neighborhoods.

Projects included: planting and beautifying Morningside Park, packing kits and creating cards at Harlem Children’s Zone, revitalizing school grounds at the Hugo Newman College Preparatory School, installing a student mural with the Abyssinian Development Corporation’s (ADC) Youth Build, painting and creating murals at the transitional family center, The Abby House, and hosting a social gathering for seniors at the ADC’s Abyssinian Tower.

Were you at this event? Tell us your favorite part!

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    • spangrl86a
    • 5/1/2011 10:25 AM

    I was paired with the pink-dot Abyssinian Towers group and thoroughly enjoyed my time serving a pre-Easter Brunch to Harlem's seniors. As a loyal customer of Starbucks, I knew that this volunteer opportunity would be perfect for me! I felt that I needed to give time back to the community that I spend so much time in. My green-inked hand was the topic of most conversations with the seniors. Thank you, New York Cares and Starbucks for providing me with a meaningful and fun volunteer experience

    • admin admin
    • 5/3/2011 10:00 AM

    Thanks for the comment spangrl86a. We're glad you joined us and had a meaningful experience.

    • jerodweber
    • 6/3/2011 12:17 PM

    It's been over a month since my friends and I drove from Cincinnati, OH to NY to participate in this community service event. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about the kindness and care of NY Metro Starbucks, especially Andrew Alfano. It's amazing to see the power between humans and experience how one can 'pay it forward' by doing small, but caring acts of kindness for others. Thank you Starbucks for this life changing event!

    • rpun2010
    • 3/31/2012 7:11 PM

    I was at the event, great experiences!

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