Starbucks Partners to 'Make a Mark' in Local Neighborhoods
North American Program Matches Partner and Customer Volunteer Hours with
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Starbucks partners (employees) invite customers to join them in giving back to the community by cleaning our local beaches, shorelines and inland waterways on California Coastal Cleanup Day, September 21st. Throughout September 2002, partners are inviting customers to join them in volunteering their time in neighborhoods across North America through Starbucks September Make Your Mark program. The program's goal is to generate 25,000 hours of volunteer time and in return Starbucks will contribute $250,000 to local nonprofit organizations across North America. The Starbucks September Make Your Mark program matches the hours a partner and customer volunteer for a nonprofit organization with a financial contribution. "By encouraging its employees and customers to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day, Starbucks is making an important contribution to the quality of life in our communities," said Eben Schwartz, Statewide Outreach Coordinator, California Coastal Commission. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. Each year, more than 40,000 volunteers turn out to over 400 cleanup sites statewide to remove debris from California's shorelines and coast. The Coastal Cleanup has set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of volunteers collecting litter in one location on a single day (1993). California residents are encouraged to join Starbucks partners on Saturday, September 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at one of the following Coastal Cleanup sites: San Francisco: Ocean Beach - at Great Highway & Fulton Street Berkeley: Berkeley Marina/Aquatic Park - at Boulevard Dr. & Addison Street Newark: San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge at the Dumbarton Bridge in Newark Martinez: Martinez Shoreline Park Pleasanton: Alamo Canal at Johnson Drive - Stoneridge and 680 Sand City: Bay Street - off Sand Dunes Road between Tioga Road and Canyon Del Rey Half Moon Bay: Roosevelt Beach - enter off Young Avenue from Hwy 1 San Jose: Coyote Creek at Hellyer Park - 985 Hellyer Avenue Watsonville: Palm Beach - off Hwy 1 at the end of Beach Road Sacramento: William B. Pond Recreation Area, at end of Arden Way East Santa Rosa: Piner Creek - Northwest Regional Park, 2536 Marlow Road For more information about Coastal Cleanup Day, visit www.coastal.ca.gov. Information on other September Make Your Mark volunteer activities in Northern California can be found in Starbucks retail locations and online at Starbucks.com. "Our basic Make Your Mark program began in early 2000 to support and encourage Starbucks partners to volunteer in their communities," said Lauren Moore, Starbucks director of Giving and Community Affairs. "Last year, Starbucks partners spent more than 12,700 hours making their mark to improve community life. We are excited to expand our program to include our customers in making a difference in our communities this September." With additional help from customers, Starbucks hopes to double last year's total hours by generating 25,000 hours of volunteer time in the month of September alone. September Make Your Mark demonstrates Starbucks involvement in volunteerism and demonstrates the company's commitment to supporting our local communities. "Starbucks baristas have a long history of giving back in our community; they passionately give back to the communities and we follow their lead," said Kristine Hung, regional marketing manager for Starbucks Coffee Company. "We are inviting our customers to join us in our volunteer efforts with the California Coastal Commission in contributing to the strength of our community." 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. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X23568152
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