Starbucks Testing Paying Employees To Split Work Time And Charity Work

Starbucks has announced a new program that will allow full-time employees to split their work hours between time at the coffee shop and time spent volunteering at local charities.

By NathanG on August 31, 2018
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Starbucks will be testing out a new program that will allow full-time employees to split their paid work time between the coffee shop and volunteering at local nonprofits. This way, the company hopes that employees will feel stay connected with their community and lead to a happier work environment.

According to Good News Network, the trial run will take 36 employees from 13 different cities. The full-time workers will then be allowed to work 20 hours of their schedule at their Starbucks establishment, and 20 hours working at a charity. Additionally, these employees will still retain their full-time benefits through their split time at the restaurant and nonprofit organization.

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The program has been given the name, Service Fellows pilot, and organized through a nonprofit group called Points of Light. Employees will have their choice of a range of charities that facilitate feeding the homeless, helping the environment, disaster relief and more.  Virginia Tenpenny, the vice president of global social impact at Starbucks and executive director of The Starbucks Foundation, has high hopes for the program and its impact on Starbucks employees and the community. “Our Service Fellows pilot is an innovative model that combines work, service, and partnerships, a model that will inform how we catalyze our partners and grantees to create enduring change in our communities,” she explained.

To learn more about this program and Starbucks’ community outreach, click here.

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