40 local charities, from groups helping the homeless to a children’s respite centre, are benefitting from Starbucks grants
Summer can be a difficult time of year for charities – with many people going away on holiday, lots of organisations see a decrease in volunteers and financial donations. However, these organisations still need support during the summer months, which is why Starbucks decided to launch its summer charity campaign in partnership with Neighbourly, donating funds to 40 charities across Britain.
At Starbucks, making a positive difference in the local community is a priority for each store team. In July, 40 stores across Britain were given the chance to nominate a local charity of their choice to receive a £1,000 donation and mark the start of a long-term relationship with the cause.
The team at Edinburgh’s Waverley Steps store chose to support Steps to Hope SCIO, a local charity dedicated to supporting those who are homeless or affected by addiction. The store manager and the team chose Steps to Hope because the founder comes into the store every Monday to buy coffee to take to the homeless community and the team wanted to help out whilst the charity wait for official funding.
Richard Roncero, Founder of Steps to Hope, said: “We are delighted with the generosity from Starbucks. It’s great to see the local store supporting our local community and those that need our help. We want to thank everyone at Starbucks for recognising the work we continue to do to support the homeless and those suffering from addiction, and we look forward to continuing the work in the coming months.”
The store team in Sunderland nominated Grace House, a respite care facility for young people with disabilities, to receive their donation.
Ian Ladlow, Starbucks store manager, said: “Grace House is a cause that the team really cares about because we can see the difference our help makes to the kids. Some of our partners are artists, who are volunteering to paint at Grace House to help encourage the children to be creative and create a space that they can call home.”
Starbucks has worked with Neighbourly since 2014 to support over 750 local community causes across the UK. This ranges from offering meeting spaces instore to providing tea and coffee at school fairs, to volunteering time and fundraising instore. To read more about Starbucks Summer of Giving and the 40 charities that stores have benefitted, visit the campaign page here.