Starbucks Community Stores represent our ongoing global commitment to supporting pathways to opportunity for young people in the community.
One of the most important contributions we can make is to provide meaningful skills, education and employment opportunities in the communities our stores serve. Our Community Stores play a meaningful role in supporting innovative education, job training and apprenticeship initiatives led by Starbucks around the globe.
Each Community Store works directly with a nonprofit that offers services aimed to meet the needs of that individual community. Starbucks donates $0.05 to $0.15 per transaction from the Community Stores to the local partnering nonprofit. This unique funding model creates a stream of resources for the nonprofit organization, raises awareness of their work, and creates a space for community dialogue and engagement.
Over the past few years, we’ve learned a lot about the role Community Stores can have in creating change that reaches far beyond the financial impact.
We believe in the power of the coffee house to bring people together. These stores prove that and serve as the hub of area community service and training programs -- essential programs that inspire opportunities for youth, positive learning environments, job skills and leadership development.
We opened our first Community Stores in 2011 and now have eight stores worldwide. In October 2014 we opened our second international Community Store, in Seoul, Korea.
Starbucks has a long history of balancing profitability with a social conscience. It is this connection between doing good and doing well where we constantly ask ourselves - how can we do even better? We are committed to continually learning from our Community Stores, non-profit collaborations and neighborhoods these organizations serve to determine how we can improve and expand our efforts.
Our Current Community Stores:
The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) inspires and empowers Latinos to pursue and achieve their potential. Since its 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) directly supports AAMA.
Langsuan Neighborhood of Bangkok, Thailand
The Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) was founded in 1991 by Mike and Becky Mann with its initial goal of providing fresh water and sanitation to the hill-tribes in northern Thailand. With its base in Chiang Mai, Thailand, ITDP has been able to reach hundreds of hill-tribes villages over the last 20 years.
Central District of Seattle, Washington
The YWCA mission is to advance the quality of life for women of all ages, races and faiths, and their families. Our store at 23rd & Jackson collaborates with the YWCA East Cherry Street Branch to support their GirlsFirst and the Young Parent Program.
San Antonio, Texas
Goodwill's mission is to changes lives through the power of work. Starbucks launched a Community Store at Loop 410 and Highway 151 as part of a relationship with Goodwill of San Antonio and in support of its Veterans Outreach Programs, which prepare and place transitioning veterans across San Antonio into the workforce and help them transition to civilian life. This relationship is part of Starbucks strategic commitment to develop a comprehensive hiring platform for veterans and active duty spouses.
Goodwill is all about putting people to work in our community. The Starbucks store at Highway 512 and South Tacoma Way in Lakewood supports Goodwill’s Operation: GoodJobs program, which provides a full range of services to empower military veterans with the tools they need to find employment, succeed in the workplace and permanently support their families.
Daehakro (‘University Street’) neighborhood, Seoul, Korea
A portion of every purchase at this Community Store will go to Green Umbrella ChildFund Korea (GUCFK) to directly support lifelong skills development for youth through the Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program. The Starbucks Comprehensive Youth Leadership Program is an innovative, holistic program that builds on the collaboration with GUCFK to offer academic scholarships through graduation, combined with a unique curriculum focused on business acumen, collaborative communications and social consciousness as part of its aim to prepare young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for educational and career opportunities in Korea’s economy.