Starbucks has a long history of helping communities thrive.
Starbucks has a long history of supporting communities. Starbucks community stores are a new development in that story, one where our stores play a direct role in helping their neighborhoods.
We are collaborating with innovative nonprofit organizations to support their neighborhood revitalization efforts and improve community education, employment, health, housing and safety.
We are exploring new ways we can be more directly involved with the communities we serve. Our Community Stores are helping create engaged citizens through an innovative business model and partnerships. Community Stores serve as the hub of our community service and training programs that promote leadership and job and life-skill development.
During fiscal 2012 we opened our first two Community Stores in Harlem, New York, and the Crenshaw community of Los Angeles. We opened a third store in Houston, Texas in early fiscal 2013.
In the first 12 months of the Community Store program, this effort generated $245,000 for holistic community-revitalization programs focused on education, safety, housing, health and employment. As we celebrate the first year of Community Stores, we are pleased with the personal and financial impacts they have made in these neighborhoods. These stores have shed light on the role our stores can play in creating community connection.
What We are Doing Now
In October 2012, we held a three-day Global Leadership Conference in Houston for nearly 10,000 store managers. At this conference we celebrated opening our third Community Store in Houston’s East End neighborhood which collaborates with the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA). A portion of each transaction from this store will be directed to AAMA and is strategically invested in youth and education programs benefiting Houston’s most underserved Hispanic community.
We also teamed up with the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Houston Food Bank, Volunteer Houston and the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) to have our partners participate in a variety of projects including revitalization of Lyons Avenue, home restoration, internal and external refurbishments on the AAMA campus, assembly of hygiene kits for homeless veterans, urban garden creation and packaging and sorting food that was distributed to nearly 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies.
What We ‘ll Do Next
We are currently teaming up with students from University of Washington MBA program on a special project to analyze our community store model and develop a methodology to assess the needs of the communities we serve. Stay tuned for more announcements this year.
Crenshaw Neighborhod, Los Angeles
In collaboration with the Los Angeles Urban league, Crenshaw & Coliseum store shares a portion of its profits with the community. Founded in 1921, the Los Angeles Urban League is recognizing 90 years of service to Los Angeles communities. The League is the city’s premier organization in advancing equal opportunities on behalf of African Americans and other minority youths and adults through Neighborhoods@Work™, innovative job training and placement, youth achievement and business development programs. Through its collective award-winning programs, services and advocacy activities the Los Angeles Urban League serves over 100,000 constituents annually.
Harlem Neighborhood, New York City
In addition to providing housing, workforce development and social service programs in the Central Harlem neighborhood, Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) recognizes the integral role that education plays in the economic well-being of the individual and the community. ADC’s work in education, Abyssinian Schools, is a critical component of their plan for economic transformation of the Harlem community. Profits from our 125th & Lenox store will support those efforts.
East End Neighborhood, Texas
The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) inspires and empowers Latinos to pursue and achieve their potential. Since our founding in 1970, AAMA has been a leader helping youth and adults in Houston and San Antonio advance their dreams through innovative education, health and social services programs. Our store at Gulfgate (Loop 610 & I-45) is partnered directly with AAMA.