NEW YORK, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Starbucks Coffee is inviting customers, neighbors and community members to join its store partners (employees) for Make Your Mark volunteer projects in New York City and surrounding areas. The events will take place in four locations throughout the NYC/Metro New York area on September 20 and 21. Make Your Mark is a year-round program established in early 2000 to support and encourage Starbucks partners and their friends, family and customers to volunteer in their communities. Through this program, Starbucks grants cash donations to nonprofit organizations based upon partner and customer volunteer hours. Make Your Mark demonstrates Starbucks involvement in volunteerism and demonstrates the company's commitment to giving. For the second consecutive year, Starbucks is inviting customers to join partners in volunteer activities during a special month-long "September Make Your Mark." The goal for this year is to rally more than 750 volunteers and raise over $26,000 for community causes across the NYC/Metro NY area. These efforts will count towards the company-wide goal to contribute a total of 50,000 hours in volunteer time and raise $500,000 in cash donations for nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada in September. "Make Your Mark has the potential to make a lasting and positive impact on the communities where we live, work and play," said Alan Hilowitz, regional spokesperson, Starbucks. "Giving back to our communities is part of the fabric of Starbucks culture and we are pleased to have our customers and neighbors join us to help make a difference." Below are event details: New York City: Coffey Park clean up in Brooklyn. Cleaning, planting and painting will take place in the park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, September 20 Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes Lace up your walking shoes and join Starbucks at the following locations: -- Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 20 -- Cove Island Park in Stamford, CT at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, September 21 -- Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon, NY at 9 a.m., Sunday, September 21 Logon and get involved This year, Starbucks and HP have teamed up to develop an online registration and information page on www.starbucks.com. On the Web site, customers and partners can learn about September Make Your Mark projects, search by postal code for local volunteer opportunities, register for projects, and receive confirmations and email reminders. About Starbucks Coffee Company Starbucks Corporation is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 6,500 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(TM) 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. Starbucks commitment to New York City/Metro New York area Since 1994, Starbucks Coffee has been active in neighborhoods in the New York City/Metro New York area and remains committed to upholding its principles of quality and social responsibility in the communities in which it does business. This means working with local organizations and sponsoring events and programs that contribute positively to the community. In the past year, Starbucks in the New York City/Metro New York area has contributed over $65,000 in funding via local grants and thousands of hours of partner (employee) time to local volunteer efforts. Community projects have included organizing park clean-ups and Earth Day programs, issuing grants for local literacy organizations including Books for Kids and Community~Word, and sponsorship of public events including the River to River Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. Starbucks 2002 Holiday Angels Toy Drive gathered over 25,000 toys for local children in need and the 2003 All Books for Children Book Drive collected over 124,000 books for area literacy programs.
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