The Front Porch of Our Community
I once heard that the definition of “community” in the 1950s was sitting on your porch swing, sipping pink lemonade and waving at neighbors as they passed by. I know now that Starbucks also serves as a front porch and our stores are part of a community where people come to congregate, to mingle, to get involved!
Since high school, I’ve been passionate about my community and giving back to those who are in need – whether it was to restore trails or raise money doing charity events. When I came to work at Starbucks 13 years ago, I was excited to find a company that shared my passion for the community and I’ve been inspired to do more.
Starbucks has enabled me to work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, where I watched a mother help build a house for her family that was still living in Kenya. I experienced the emotions of young single mothers who received a safe and clean place to live through Vine Maple Place, an organization much like Habitat.
Most impactful, however, was my experience volunteering in New Orleans in 2008 during the Starbucks Leadership Conference. I felt so proud to be a part of a company that sent me to do what I love the most. I knew in those moments I was a part of something bigger and that I could make a difference!
Our stores across the globe are part of their community and those wear the green apron have a chance to make a personal connection with the people we serve every day. I know my customers believe in me, and I hope I inspire them to help make a difference in their community.