As we here at Starbucks continue to grow in the ways that allow us to engage and positively impact the communities where we work and live, I continue to reflect on how I can improve my personal community relevance. This year, I am making the commitment to build our relationship with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, our nonprofit partner for the Community Store at 125th & Lenox. Beyond what the organization is doing, I will personally work with ADC to give back to Harlem to help this community thrive.
What’s your commitment to community this year? How will you ensure that your community activities are relevant and truly address the needs in your local neighborhood? Share your commitment through this discussion and inspire other partners to do the same. I look forward to hearing how you will demonstrate your dedication to community throughout the year.
rvp, New York Metro
My personal commitment to community in FY12 will focus on creating local relevance within my district and the surrounding communities. I will lead by example (exectuing my own personal events), egage my fellow partners through the community website (share tools and knowledge), and celebrate the impacts we make around us.
Thanks Andrew.....a great question. I am going to continue my work with local schools, but also continually challenge myself to ensure my actions are relevant to my community and think of how to include those who haven't been involved before. I also want to ensure we are providing the right tools and resources to support partner efforts and find new ways to highlight the stories that are out there. The team is working on exciting updates to the website - but we need to continue to drive what partners most need. Hearing how others have determined relevance and how they have impacted communities in large and small ways are both inspirational and helpful examples as we support partners around the globe in their efforts. I look forward to hearing what people are doing and what they need to continue their efforts. mary
Personally I am looking forward to being involved in a richer way in my community to ensure that the work we do has a measurable impact in the lives of those who need it most. In my champion role, I will be supporting the regional directors in Southern California to lead community efforts in their areas in a way that inspires all partners to be involved. We will be leveraging the community site as the main hub for storytelling and volunteer sign-ups but plan to leverage the community boards in store as well. Starting next quarter my RVP and I will be hosting a recognition luncheon for partners who have led events that were selected for a community service grant. This will be a great year and we are looking forward to it!
Hi Andrew-Great question. Personally, I am recommiting to an organization I support, Disabled Sports USA/Orange County, in order to continue to help disabled individuals to learn and enjoy snow sports. Additionally, the DM team I support is commited to participating in community activities 2x a quarter. We have a focus this year on youth and hunger relief, and we look forward to finding ways to impact these two important areas. We are also commited to collaborating with our licensee business partners to find ways to work together at making a difference in the communities that we serve.
Lastly, I look forward to working together with both LS and CO leaders within the Sunbelt so we can leverage the collective strengths of our teams to do good in the areas we do business.
My personal commitment to community in the year ahead as champion of the NY Metro market will be focused on working with partners throughout the region to guide them in determining the needs of their community and how we can address these specific needs in a relevant and impactful way. My efforts will spotlight driving partner personal engagement to leverage the passion of our partners to reach new heights in the level of participation and impact on our local community throughout the year. This will be accomplished by encouraging the continued involvement with local youth organizations throughout the year, promoting increased and meaningful usage of our tools and resources (i.e., community website and community boards) to share the impact of our work, and inspiring increased partner community involvement through the sharing of these success stories.
Looking forward to a meaningful 2012!
regional director of operations
My personal commitment as the Community Champion in the Mid Atlantic is to continue to find ways to empower our partners to give back to the community. Success will be defined by individual efforts and our ability to make a difference in the communities we serve. I will continue ensure that we leverage this website to share stores to inspire and encourage partners to start or join existing activities. I will reinforce the importance of capturing this great work and recording it to make sure we are able to celebrate success with our partners and customers.
We will also make sure we tell our story on our Community Boards as this is the most direct way to share with our customers. I will continue to build on existing relationships with organizations that have helped to provide opportunities for our partners to get involved. I will also roll model the behavior I expect of others by getting involved and making a difference. I am very confidant that we will be able to build on the success of last year and take community service to a whole new level in FY12.
Regional Director, Maryland Region
My personal commitment as a Community Champion in the MId-West region is to lead the team of engaged region partners to lead, participate and promote events and relationships within our communities. We met yesterday to review MLK Day of Service events and begin to plan for our April Month of Service. Many of our teams are supporting local families in need with food drives and smaller local events to benifit those in need during the holiday season. I have commited to continue my relationship within the Detroit Public Schools, tutoring Nickolas my first grade student each Tuesday evening at Wayne Elementary on the East side of Detroit. Wayne has been adopted by Starbucks Great Lakes as part of the adopt a school program through the Public School System. I also will continue my work with Michigan Special Olympics as part of the State Winter Games commitee. Starbucks was just honored as the "Business of the Year" for all of our work with Special Olympics. FY 12 will be a great year in the MId-West for community.
I was so inspired by our FY11 global contribution of 420,174 service hours and the difference we were able to make in neighborhoods around the world. In FY12, I commit to helping us build upon these hours, but even more importantly, focus on the impact we can make as a result of our service hours. I will look for projects that address the needs of my neighborhood and bring family, friends and other partners along to serve beside me.
As part of the Partner Communications & Engagement team, I have the priviledge of working everyday to engage partners in our community programs and initiatives. I'm excited to share blog posts and other community-focused communications with partners, collaborate with a team of partners and vendors to enhance this website and coordinate service events.
We've got a great conversation going here, Andrew, and I can't wait to hear more. I'm going to tell other partners to join in!
I have two ways I plan to commit to community this year - one is personally and the other professionally. Through Starbucks, I look forward to volunteering side-by-side with our passionate partners at projects at least once a quarter.
And personally, I will ask friends and family to join me at these projects as well as continue to volunteer at our children's school and activities which helps children build self esteem.
We also will likely participate in a few fundraisers and projects this year for our personal causes - Leukemia, Kidney Disease and Cancer.
Thanks for leading the way with your personal commitments - Here's to another great year of postive community impact!
Andrew, thank you for your inspirational message and rally to declare our commitments to community! I commit to participating in 1 community event each quarter. Throughout my 20 year journey at Starbucks I am always "blown away" by our partners contributions and how we give so freely of our time and energy to what we are passionate about. My team here at the SSC is passionate about our community and families in need. Last week we (60 partners) carpooled to the food bank Northwest Harvest, and packaged over 6,000 pounds of pasta for families in need. We have partners putting out "giving trees" for ChildHaven--an organization dedicated to providing families clothing, supplies and gifts at holiday and throughout the year...When we work together our efforts seem easy and go such a long way in being a force for change.
Here's to another world class year of service to our communities!