There are two things that stick out to me most about my recent opportunity to be a part of the Starbucks Google+ Hangout. Having the chance to share my heart and passion for community service having only been a partner for seven months was awesome. The second is that my love for community service is greatly encouraged by the company I work for. It was an amazing opportunity, and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to continue the conversation over the importance of community service. In anticipation for the conversations still to come, I want to explain how I prepare to serve my community, and other communities.
Whenever I am planning an event or on my way to one, I think about many things in preparation. I think about the people who will be effected by the event, both the served and servers. I think about the rippling effect that the project might have. This process is what helps me to make sure that I have the right heart about the project. When I show up, I want it to be in selflessness; that I am genuinely serving, and not just looking for a pat on the back. I also spend a lot of time talking with all stakeholders during the event. I like to feel out the strengths and weaknesses of those around me so I can better connect people into what they love. At the end of the day, the impact that this service to the community made is one that shapes us; it creates space for us to truly care about one another and all the things that make up this world.
I am just one partner. I am unique, passionate, and compassionate. I love what I do, and I am constantly grateful that I work for a company that is dedicated to community service. If you know what kinds of things you’re passionate about, where you’d like to serve, or would like to create your own event, then please visit Community.Starbucks.com and get going! Finally, if you’re interested (which you should be) please please please check out the YouTube video of the Google+ Hangout. I had an amazing time talking with other remarkable partners who are doing great things throughout the States.
Here is the link to the YouTube video http://youtu.be/5FnthEb7fUw.