Building a stronger community through support services, engagement, & resources.
Starbucks stores and the baristas who work there are a part of the community. As such, they see and experience the same local needs that we all do and wanted to do something about it.
In the beginning of 2020, Starbucks partnered with United Way Worldwide to position community outreach workers in and around Starbucks stores in select urban markets.
Community outreach workers engage people in crisis with the objective of developing trusting relationships and helping them achieve long-term stability through housing, employment, healthcare, and other vital services.
Outreach teams connect individuals experiencing homelessness to community resources through referrals to: food services, benefits enrollment, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, medical care, transportation services, identification/documentation, veteran services, workforce development, LGBTQIA+ services, clothing services, shelter services, and housing programs.
If you are looking for a way to support individuals who are experiencing homelessness here are some options:
- Purchase gift cards in small amounts ($20 or less) for grocery & drug stores
- Buy items from the program Amazon Wish List
- Contribute immediately online
In order to continuously provide vital emergency services, the following is a list of supplies that we always need:
- Body soap
- Shaving cream
- Socks (new)
- Toilet paper
- Toothbrushes & toothpaste
- Underwear (new)