Starbucks Make Your Mark Program in September Mobilizes Customers and Partners To Volunteer in Local Communities

Second annual program strives to rally 750 volunteers and raise $26,000 for

community organizations in NYC/Metro NY area

Sep 04, 2003, 01:00 ET from Starbucks Coffee Company

    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
         -- 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  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.

SOURCE Starbucks Coffee Company