Commitment to Communities

What we do in Singapore

Our Starbucks retail store has become a central part of many neighbourhoods by serving as a place for people to gather, talk and share.

But Starbucks believes it can contribute even more to local communities, by encouraging our partners to become responsible neighbours and active participants in the places where they live, work and play. It is an important part of our company’s culture and values.

 

A Very Special Walk

14th July 2012

Pathlight School’s annual fund raising event – A Very Special Walk (AVSW), has become a yearly affair for us. AVSW supports projects that integrate people with autism into mainstream society.

As a long time Pathlight School partner, we joined in the fun, fuelling both event guests and walkers with a cuppa in hand. Armed with our mobile coffee dispenser roving around the school compound, not only did we bring coffee but cheer and excitement as well. We also had a blast connecting with everyone including the students from Pathlight School. All nett proceeds from the day also go to the Employability and Employment Centre (E2C) recently launched by the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore). E2C provides essential job training and support to enable people with autism perform optimally in the workplace.

 

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Bare Your Sole – A Barefoot Charity Walk

2nd June 2012

Treacherous roads, uneven flooring, broken glass, scorching ground and discarded sharp objects... Everyday people in developing countries & disaster-stricken places make their way through these undesirable conditions – barefoot.

The Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012 barefoot walk is an initiative that lets us all support these children and adults who live in dire conditions, raising much needed funds for projects to improve these people's living conditions by building homes and fighting poverty.

Together, about 100 of us took off our shoes on this one particular day in support of these children and adults who live in such dire conditions everyday. Starbucks also contributed to the event providing coffee refreshments and sponsored beverage vouchers for all participants as a gesture of saying Thanks.

 

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Official Opening of Care Corner Seniors Activity Centre

19th May 2012

Held on 19 May, our partners brought cheer to about 150 senior citizens and warmed hearts with our freshly brewed coffee. As part of the official opening festivities, we served coffee at the Care Corner Family Service Centre (Toa Payoh) and contributed volunteer hours in assisting with the activities planned. Both the old folks and the staff were very thankful for our generosity and extended their official thanks for the sponsorship, and in making the event a success!

 

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Supporting Kindness Week

April 2012

Supporting our local community – that’s what our eastern stores just did. In collaboration with Siglap South Community Centre, the district along with support centre partners came together to support and volunteered at the Kindness Week Bazaar and Eco-drive event on Sunday, 8th April.

We set up a coffee booth at the Bazaar to offer complimentary coffee refreshments, as well as partners collecting & sorting out recyclable items, along with giving out bags of rice to the needy in the neighborhood. It was a hectic and tiring day for all, but yet meaningful and heartwarming to know that we were all engaged in activities which helped the community and the environment!

Shortly after on Friday 13th April, we again came forward to help pack and distribute food rations to the needy families in the same neighborhood. We had the chance to connect with these residents, which was a humbling experience for many of us. Each of us also brought back something intangible and really valuable – a lesson in life.

 

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Starbucks Global Month of Service

April 2012

265 partners and 142 customers in Starbucks Singapore volunteered at ComCrop @ North West in two meaningful weekends on April 7, 8, 14 and 15 to transform coffee waste into compost, achieving a total of 1,733 service hours.

We set up a coffee booth at the Bazaar to offer complimentary coffee refreshments, as well as partners collecting & sorting out recyclable items, along with giving out bags of rice to the needy in the neighborhood. It was a hectic and tiring day for all, but yet meaningful and heartwarming to know that we were all engaged in activities which helped the community and the environment!

40% of the waste in Starbucks comes from spent coffee grounds and in a guest to recycle the waste, Starbucks Singapore partnered with The Living Project in a community garden program to channel the spent coffee grounds to compost used for urban farming. Starbucks Singapore connected with partners and customers engaged in composting and planting at he farm and at the same time connected with the local farmers in the surrounding area.

Participants got their hands dirty in composting, building gardening plot and planting as well as learning about germination. They witnessed how spent coffee grounds were being recycled into useful compost for the neighboring local farmers to use. Partners and customers worked hand in hand in the program and they all agreed that it was an enriching experience which not only drew their attention to the hard work of the farmers but also excited them about the possibilities of how the recycling program can help make a difference.

 

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A cuppa of Art

February 2012

Used paper cups in Starbucks University Town have found a new purpose as canvas for art. The cups were decorated and displayed in the store as part of ‘Paint A Miracle’, a green campaign organized by Project Racle, students from the National University of Singapore. NUS Students and staff, as well as members of the public were encouraged to decorate used paper cups, which later were stringed and displayed as an art installation along the glass window panels in the store. Paint A Miracle was aimed at raising awareness of upcycling, a process of transforming waste materials into useful products. For this campaign, used paper cups were collected at both Starbucks stores located at NUS University Town and NUS Yusof Ishak House, which were then cleaned by the team. The top five artists that received the most number of likes also won for themselves a Starbucks tumbler and a pair of beverage vouchers each. The in-store art installation will be on display till end of March.

 

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