TORONTO — Building on its COVID-19 community response to date, The Starbucks Foundation has selected more than 400 organizations across Canada and the U.S. to receive grants in its third round of Neighbourhood Grants.
These grants, which total $1.4 million, were informed and inspired by Starbucks employees who highlighted the causes and organizations uplifting their communities during COVID-19. In Canada, $145,000 in grants are being distributed to 56 local organizations across the country.
Neighbourhood Grants are intended to strengthen the community around Starbucks locations, inspire increased partner volunteerism and create sustained engagement with local communities. Through this initiative, The Starbucks Foundation engages employees to share insights from their own communities to help inform grant decisions.
Among the Canadian organizations receiving grants are The Soup Haven Lunch Program in Yorkton, Sask.; Batshaw Youth and Family Centres Foundation in Montreal; The 519 in Toronto; Girl Guides of Canada – Alberta; and Squamich Helping Hands Society in Squamish, B.C.
“The grant will directly help our essential-services work to support our community’s most marginalized and vulnerable,” says Stacy Kelly, director of Philanthropy, The 519 — a City of Toronto organization dedicated to advocacy for the inclusion of LGBTQ2 communities. “Our sincerest thanks to The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks Canada. Our ongoing COVID-19 response is largely unfunded and we’re relying on, and are so grateful for, the continued support of individuals, organizations and companies who are answering our call to help us ensure no one is left behind.”