Bay Area Organizations Serving Youth and Families Receive $300,000 in Grants From Starbucks
Second Year of Starbucks Bay Area Grants for Giving Program Targets
SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight Bay Area non-profit organizations today received $300,000 in grants from the Starbucks Bay Area Grants for Giving Program. Now in its second year, the program awards grants to exceptional non-profit organizations, building on the company's tradition of giving back to the communities where it does business. Local children and families in need often depend on non-profit organizations to provide vital services that are unmet by social and government programs; this has inspired Starbucks to focus this year's grants on helping organizations that work to build better futures for youth and families here in the Bay Area. The eight grant recipients were chosen from more than 1,400 submissions received by Starbucks in February 2002. Each of these organizations provide services that address urgent needs in the Bay Area, such as shelter for homeless families, education and literacy, and counseling for troubled youth and families. "The Bay Area Grants for Giving Program is part of our ongoing commitment to the Bay Area," said Gina Marino, regional vice president of operations for Starbucks Northern California. "This program enables Starbucks to give back to the communities where we live and do business, by helping organizations that work to build better futures for youth and families here in the Bay Area. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with these exceptional non-profit organizations." The eight grantees of the Starbucks Bay Area Grants for Giving Program were honored at an event at San Francisco's City Hall and profiled today on the KTVU FOX 2 "Mornings on 2" program. There is a $50,000 grantee and a $25,000 grantee located in each of the following regions: North Bay, Peninsula/South Bay, East Bay and San Francisco. The grantees announced today are: -- From the East Bay, Oakland Butterfly & Urban Gardens (OBUGS), a program that works to strengthen families and build community through the creation of a network of neighborhood gardens; and Hayward's Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO), which provides homeless and low-income families with food, shelter, clothing, counseling, and links to community resources. -- From the Peninsula/South Bay, Pacifica School Volunteers, which helps children who are struggling in school by providing trained volunteers to work with students one-on-one or in small groups helping them with reading, math and other subjects; and Sunnyvale's Project H.E.L.P. (High Expectations Learning Program), an early academic intervention program designed to provide underachieving at-risk elementary school students with supplemental instruction in reading and math. -- From the North Bay, The Interfaith Council of Solano County, which is using the grant to fund Fairfield's Heather House Emergency Shelter, which provides a safe, homelike environment for families and is the only permanent homeless shelter located in Fairfield; and Rohnert Park's Early Learning Institute (ELI), a pre-literacy program that provides parents with special "Before Books" literacy kits aimed at developing a language-rich environment for young children between the ages of birth to three years of age. -- From San Francisco, Children of Shelters (COS), a completely volunteer organization dedicated to providing children living in homeless shelters with the educational and cultural experiences to help them realize their potential, expand their minds, and acquire the creativity and tools to succeed in life; and San Francisco Suicide Prevention, which will use the grant to fund The Youth Risk Reduction and Education Program. The program works to create an atmosphere of improved self-esteem and coping skills among young people, in an effort to reduce self-destructive behaviors including peer violence, gun violence, dropping out of school and suicide. Starbucks is committed to the long-term support of the program's grant recipients through the volunteer efforts of the company's 4,300 Bay Area partners (employees). Each grantee teams with a Starbucks partner that serves as an ambassador for the organization -- driving enthusiasm, support, and volunteer hours for the grantees among local Starbucks partners. To learn more about these exceptional organizations, visit Starbucks.com or KTVU.com. Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world. In addition to its retail locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim, Starbucks sells coffee and tea products through its specialty operations, including its online store at Starbucks.com. Additionally Starbucks produces and sells bottled Frappuccino(R) coffee drink and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company's other brands enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products: Tazo Tea Company offers a line of innovative premium teas, and Hear Music produces and distributes a line of exceptional compact discs. Tell Us What You Think -- Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X54444835
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