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Find Inspiration in the Global Month of Service

When I think about the 13 years I've spent in Seattle, I'm truly impressed by the spirit of volunteerism here. I've had the pleasure of engaging with lots of folks who embody the spirit of volunteerism, but none more than the Sanford family.

I've known the Sanfords for as long as I have been here, and I recently asked the members of the family about how this spirit of giving evolved.

"I read a quote once that said something like: 'It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.' This sentiment continues to inspire me to remain involved with the community issue of child abuse and neglect. It is so quick and simple to send a check, but being personally able to learn about and support agencies that are actually solving problems is an incredible opportunity to give to my community and help teach others about the issues."

"Growing up in a family like mine has encouraged me to look beyond myself and beyond my immediate circle to reach out and connect with other people. I have always been taught to get involved and stay committed. We all have the ability to help others in some form or another. It can be time or money or guidance, but it is important to remember that every little bit helps. What might not seem like a significant effort can make all the difference to a person or family in need."

"Regardless of whatever challenges or hardships I've encountered in my life I have always considered myself to be a very fortunate person. I am an eternal optimist, and more than willing to believe that people are basically good. I think it's my optimism and belief in people that makes it very difficult to say no when someone needs help. I won't pretend to be driven by some deep-seated desire to make the world a better place. I just like to help."

I've personally been motivated by the Sanford family and their dedication to giving back. Their efforts have inspired me. As the Starbucks global month of service gets under way, my question is "Where will you find your volunteer spirit?"

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    • TRobbins51
    • 4/13/2011 11:24 AM

    Saturday I joined about 20 volunteers to help out at The Salvation Army kitchen in New Westminster, BC serving breakfast. We served roughly 60 people and had fun doing it. Thank you Starbucks for giving me an opportunity to volunteer in my community. I have to say only 3 of us were not Starbucks employees and my hats off to those great people, they made volunteering so much fun.

    • sherilynn0227
    • 4/22/2011 2:38 PM

    i went to starbucks this morning with my coffe mug in hand and i did not get free coffee????

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