Starbucks: Pouring Generosity into Hillsides
Starbucks has been a very generous partner to Hillsides over the last eight years. One of the ways Starbucks gives back to Hillsides is through hosting an annual toy drive. Each year, the company collects toys at selected San Gabriel Valley stores for children who might otherwise not receive any gifts. In recent years, Starbucks partners have also assembled and decorated the gift collection boxes. Last year the toy drive raised $32,500 in gifts and toys for Hillsides.
“It feels great to provide holiday cheer to children and also to bring awareness about Hillsides to the community,” said Starbucks District Manager Jennifer Vanderpool, who has spearheaded local efforts supporting Hillsides. “Our Starbucks partners also get a chance to be educated about Hillsides, which helps build a strong connection between the two organizations.”
In addition to the annual toy drive, Starbucks support our Youth Moving On (YMO) program for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Local Starbucks partners lead four-week career workshops for the youth, and over the last four years, Starbucks has hired some 20 YMO youth. Such jobs not only give youth steady incomes but can provide them the economic stability to overcome homelessness and find permanent places to live.
In yet another show of support, in 2017, the Starbucks Foundation awarded Hillsides a $30,000 grant for the YMO workforce development program. These funds include outreach efforts to help youth gain the necessary skills needed to prepare for employment.
Hillsides was one of 41 nonprofits in 27 U.S. cities to receive a total of $1.41 million in funds for the Starbucks Foundation’s Opportunity for Grants program that focuses on youth, veterans and military spouses, and refugees. Looking ahead, Starbucks will continue to build on this approach to with partners like Hillsides to connect more people with pathways to opportunity.