Caring Unites Partners, or CUP Fund, is a Starbucks partner-funded program that helps partners in need. CUP Fund administrators have processed 1,163 grants worth $731,000 related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, roughly equivalent to the number of grants typically processed in three months of work.
Starbucks Seattle Headquarters was the site of the 2017 Old Glory Relay kickoff event. As part of the relay, teams of runners will carry a single American flag 4,600 miles from Seattle to Tampa, Fla. to raise awareness of veterans service organizations and their work to support veterans.
Nearly 1 million meals are expected to be delivered through Seattle-area food banks this year from nightly donations of nourishing, unsold food from Starbucks stores.
“All of us in positions of power – from politicians to parents, chief executives to educators – must see ourselves as part of history’s bigger picture and ask, ‘What is my responsibility to the republic?’,” Howard Schultz writes in an op-ed.
Amid the destruction, stories are beginning to rise up out of Houston of acts of people coming together to help each other. Social media is full of stories of those with boats using them to rescue people from their homes. People with dry homes on higher ground are taking in those who are vulnerable. And many are volunteering at shelters and other places.
More than 50 Deaf baristas received green aprons with “Starbucks” embroidered in ASL fingerspelling to serve as a visual communications cue for customers and a point of Deaf cultural pride.
The sleeve, featuring a backdrop of Meghan Moser’s woodcut prints of coffee beans in a camouflage design, recognizes the veterans and military spouses who have been hired by Starbucks.
‘If people can start conversations in a positive way, it’s the first step to understanding (military veterans).’