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What Is Your Community Story?

As I look ahead to celebrating the Global Month of Service, I can say with confidence that my story began on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2008.

This was the date when 10,000 partners came together in New Orleans to give back to a community devastated by a natural disaster. The number of families we helped during the course of that one day was unbelievable. And 10,000 partners walked away from that experience knowing what’s possible when people unite for a common goal.

Last November, my district decided to collect basic personal supplies (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) in our stores for Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart. This nonprofit organization provides low-income families with holiday stockings filled with essential items. We delivered 1,000 such items to their headquarters and also helped with the setup for their annual fundraising dinner. With 12 fellow partners and less than four hours, we turned an impersonal banquet room into a vivid and lively space.

As we left the event, one of my store managers said, “Without us, there’s no way they could have hosted their dinner. What we just did was amazing. Thank you.” I knew right then that my manager had created her own personal community story.

Next month is the Global Month of Service, and our partners and customers will have an unprecedented opportunity – and obligation – to bring about meaningful change within our communities. To help partners, family members and customers create their own “community stories,” we need to invite them to our events and we need to share our own stories. So now I ask you: when did your community story begin?

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    • cangeles
    • 3/8/2011 11:14 AM

    Thanks for sharing your community story, Calvin. You and your team are an inspiration! I try to live my community story each and every day: When we give, we get back so much more in return. I'm excited to read others' community stories. Thanks again for making a difference!

    • merfran
    • 3/14/2011 2:54 PM

    Love the concept of helping the community. Can't make the NYC date, but I am doing my own project. My grandparents passed away last month, and they were food and clothes collectors (ie. 40 jars of tomato sauce...just for starters). We are donating all this food and clothes to local shelters and charities here, as well as people in the community we know that need assistance. Will post pics on my FB once the donation is made!

    • paulphipps
    • 3/28/2011 4:47 PM

    For the last 4 years I have been picking up donations for the V A hospital in Seattle for the homeless vets and the ones in treatment.I picked them up everyday and never missed. Now they are telling me that Starbucks does not want to donate to the V A.Before today I have at least 3 if not 4 starbucks lattles,you can check my account.After today I will not darken your door

    • james.goldcamp
    • 3/28/2011 8:03 PM

    I won't be in NYC but would like to participate in my own way. I'm going to speak to neighbors who would be willing to do a 5k walk with garbage bags in hand and pick up all the roadside trash thats been dropped over the winter months. It's a nice way to bond with our neighbors and do some great civic work at the same time. Redding CT is a wooded community and is beautiful this time of year. Anyone interested email me @ Good luck!

    • leonardmitchell
    • 3/28/2011 11:35 PM

    I already volunteer for the Lyon County Sheriff's Office. Thank you.

    • emilyparsons99
    • 4/19/2011 11:24 AM

    Hello im a starbucks manager in warsaw IN. We are getting ready to have our community service day on may 7th! we will be walking our Winona Lake Bike and walking trails which is about 10 miles all together and we will be picking up trash! we cant wait to give back to our Great Community! i see in some of the pictures you have shirts? i would love to get there for my team!

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