Uplifting our communities every day   

At Starbucks, we believe it is our responsibility to contribute positively to the communities we serve. Through programs such as Starbucks Community Champions, Giving Match and The Starbucks Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants, we empower partners (employees) to build sustained local impact by volunteering with nonprofit organizations that serve our communities.  

This week, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of Starbucks partners around the country worked alongside local organizations on causes important to them.  

From Miami to Los Angeles, from Seattle to New York City, efforts this year included revitalizing public schools, packing meals, cleaning up streets, providing resources for houseless neighbors and even supporting student film projects.

Inspired by the volunteerism and service of our partners, The Starbucks Foundation donated gift cards to more than 5,000 non-profit organizations across North America to fuel volunteers in advancing their missions. 

New York City

Starbucks teamed up with City Year New York to create vibrant learning spaces at Mosaic Preparatory Academy in East Harlem. (Photos by Aristide Economopoulos)


Led by City Year Miami, volunteers painted educational murals and inspirational quotes at Robert Russa Moton Elementary School. (Photos by Josh Ritchie)

“My first community event as an hourly partner was on MLK Day of Service and that experience became a catalyst for my passion to give back.”

Miami Starbucks district manager, Xavier


Community members and Starbucks executives joined school alumni and City Year Seattle/King County to beautify indoor spaces and clean up outdoor spaces at Seattle’s Denny International Middle School. (Photos by David Ryder)

Local NGOs were invited to provide resources for houseless neighbors at a pop-up at the Starbucks Heritage Store in downtown Seattle. (Photos by Connor Surdi)

Roseville, Minn.

In Roseville, Minnesota, Every Meal focused on food insecurity by packing meals for children and families who face food gaps on weekends and extended breaks. (Photos by Andrea Ellen Reed)

“We’re honored to partner with an organization that helps eliminate food insecurity and make our Minnesota communities stronger.” 

Minnesota Starbucks district manager, Jodi

Los Angeles

Sisters of Watts and the Starbucks Black Partner Network worked together to give away more than 200 meals at the Starbucks Watts Community Store in Los Angeles. (Photos by Alisha Jucevic)

The Biddy Mason Foundation showcased Civil Rights film projects created by local foster youth. (Photos by Alisha Jucevic)

Washington, D.C.

An annual street clean-up project kicked off at the Starbucks Anacostia Community Store in Washington, D.C. (Photos by Ting Shen)

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