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Oct 03, 2011 07:34
Category: General News

STARBUCKS JOBS INITIATIVE

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Starbucks hopes customers will be pay at
least $5 more when they stop in for their morning cup of Joe.
     Starting Nov. 1, Starbucks will begin collecting donations of $5
or more to stimulate U.S. job growth through its "Jobs for USA"
program. The Seattle-based chain is collaborating with the
Opportunity Finance Network, a nonprofit that works with nearly 200
community development financial institutions to provide loans to
small businesses and community groups. Starbucks says all of the
donations will go toward loans for firms and organizations that can
add jobs or stem job losses.
     Starbucks declines to estimate how much it will raise, but
millions visit its nearly 7,000 company-owned U.S. stores each day.
Customers who give will get a red, white and blue wristband that
says "Indivisible."