For Here – Committed to our Hometown
Annual Community Cleanup Draws 1,000 Volunteers
The 2012 5th of July Lake Union Cleanup resulted in 7 tons of waste and left the lake and surrounding neighborhoods better than we found them.
We’re all for helping the things that make Seattle special. Which is why we’re all about serving you the best coffee alongside supporting local causes and youth engagement, protecting and preserving our environment, and doing all we can to help create a healthy future for Seattle.
Be it SoDo or Greenlake, Beacon Hill or Ballard – Starbucks is committed to helping neighborhoods thrive wherever we do business. It’s a vow rooted deep in our heritage. And with 100 stores and over 6,000 partners (employees) in the city of Seattle, it’s a testament that we can be a catalyst for positive local change.
The Starbucks Foundation supports our personal engagement in the Seattle community through Partner Match and Community Service Grants - providing matching grants to nonprofits where our partners have made personal monetary and time contributions.
To reduce the impact our stores have on the planet, we're designing and building them with locally sourced products, reusing or recycling materials where we can and finding ways to lower the amount of water and energy we consume. Learn more about our commitment to building greener stores and reducing our environmental impact around the globe.
Our first LEED® certified store at 1st & Pike has been designed and built with many environmentally smart features. Take a virtual tour, or better yet – come see us in person.
Partnerships for Good
Starbucks is proud to support several nonprofit organizations that serve our community through the arts, youth engagement, and various social services.
Feature organizations include:
BTEP trainer Damian teaches the tricks of the trade to an aspiring barista.
photo credit: YouthCare (c) Tim Matsui / www.timmatsui.com
For nine years, volunteers from Starbucks Coffee Company have been helping us prepare young people for life by conducting mock interviews with students in our Barista Training and Education Program, a partnership between YouthCare and FareStart. For the past five years, Store Manager Cole Poppsinger has coordinated the effort, and it’s grown immensely in that time. Now, each month, students meet with managers of Starbucks locations throughout the downtown Seattle area.