Points of Light, the Atlanta-based national volunteer service organization, has announced a $3.5 million grant from the Starbucks Foundation to expand a service fellowship program for Starbucks employees.
The grant will support an expansion of the Starbucks Foundation Service Fellows program, including direct support for the service organization's efforts to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector through resources, programs, and partnerships. Based on the results of a six-month pilot in 2018, the program will be expanded to twenty cities by 2020 and will match a hundred fellows with local nonprofits affiliated with the Points of Light Global Network. During their service term, fellows will work part-time to boost the capacity of a local nonprofit while continuing to work part-time at Starbucks.
Organizations that will host Service Fellows include Hands On Atlanta, HandsOn Bay Area, HandsOn Birmingham, Boston Cares, HandsOn Broward, Chicago Cares, VolunteerNow, Spark the Change Colorado, Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Houston, HandsOn Miami, Hands On Nashville, New York Cares, HandsOn New Orleans, United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, HandsOn Twin Cities, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, HandsOn San Diego, Seattle Works, United Way of King County, and United Way of Greater St. Louis, as well as Points of Light at its headquarters in Atlanta.
"The Starbucks Foundation Service Fellows program is a promising model that provides companies with a new way to think about the role they can play in promoting and enabling service opportunities," said Points of Light president and CEO Natalye Paquin. "We believe that by partnering together, the Service Fellows will significantly enhance the capacity of nonprofit organizations to effectively leverage human capital to meet their missions. We are excited to see this program grow and look forward to supporting fellows as they unlock their own potential to create meaningful change through service."