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Millions enjoy Starbucks as their "third place" to commune with friends and collaborate with others. Being able to connect to free Wi-Fi at Starbucks provides an incredible tool for business, but it also is a lifeline for the homeless, the tens of thousands of invisible people who depend on Starbucks as their only place to keep warm, safe and dry.

Imagine walking into your local Starbucks and being able to use your smartphone and Twitter to tweet your Starbucks Card “Star” points to help the homeless people right in your neighborhood.  What if every time you loaded your Starbucks card you could add a dollar to go right to the hyper local resource pool which serves the homeless in that store.

I was once one of the thousands of homeless people who depended upon Starbucks.  I was homeless last winter and my gold Starbucks card kept me warm, safe and dry. It also helped me utilize social media to, in very small ways, help the lives other homeless people. Being able to access the Internet and tweet with my smart phone, which was paid for by a wonderful friend, while enjoying a warm cup of coffee at Starbucks, was crucial for my survival and eventually helped me end my homelessness.

Thus we are calling on Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, to partner with local community organizations and the global Twitter community to make Starbucks an even better place for those in the homeless community who depend upon it.  Such a connection would foster a tighter bond between Starbucks customers, employees, social service agencies and the homeless themselves.

We have the means, the technology and the compassion to do it, and it's time to mobilize.

 

Read my letter to Howard Shultz in the Huffington Post

Letter to
Business Conduct Business Conduct
Press Press
CEO of Starbucks Howard Shultz
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Starbucks.

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Millions enjoy Starbucks as their "third place" to commune with friends and collaborate with others. Connections that were once made in first-person are now also made through powerful social media tools like Twitter, a lifeline that the Wi-Fi at Starbucks provides. Ten of thousands of invisible people, the homeless, depend on Starbucks as their only place to keep them warm safe and dry. Instead of distance and conflict between the homeless and the employees and customers of Starbucks, change is desperately needed to connect these seemingly disparate groups into local community involvement and action.

We're calling on the company to partner with local community organizations and the global Twitter community to keep it the wonderful third place it is for all of us, but especially those in the homeless community for whom Starbucks has become their only place.

We know from experience that the power of Twitter and Starbucks can do incredible things. Now Starbucks has the chance to set an example and utilize new technology to foster bonds with local communities. Starbucks is already seen as a beacon of comfort and safety to many. Let’s make sure it’s a beacon to all.

We have the means, the technology and the compassion to do it, and it's time to mobilize.

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Sincerely,