Starbucks is trying something new but this time it’s not a fancy coffee drink. The coffee giant is testing a new program that’ll let some workers work 20 hours a week and spend up to 20 hours a week at a local nonprofit, but they’ll still get paid.
Points of Light, a nonprofit volunteering group, worked with Starbucks to select 36 Starbucks Service Fellows from more than 200 who applied. They’re spread across stores in 13 cities for the six month pilot program, where they’ll volunteer at nonprofits that align with Starbucks’ philanthropic priorities, including supporting refugees, veterans and military youth, and protecting the environment.
Virginia Tenpenny, vice president of Global Social Impact at Starbucks and executive director of The Starbucks Foundation, says the company sees the program as a way to keep employees happy. When employees are “engaged in communities and they feel connected, they’re going to stay with Starbucks longer,” she explains. Sounds like a win-win.