Starbucks: Help the Homeless!
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Starbucks: Help the Homeless!

    1. Revolution MacInnes
    2. Petition by

      Revolution MacInnes

      Oak Park, IL

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

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Change is partnering with us.

      Revolution MacInnes
      Petition Organizer

      Please be sure to read my blog post on the change.com website. Also send the link to Starbucks via twitter, email, Facebook any way you can. Tell the employees at your Starbucks what we are doing.

    3. How Global Starbucks Can Make Local Change

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

       
      By Revolution MacInnes
      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. I am @From_Nothing on Twitter, and I...

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. My Idea!

      Revolution MacInnes
      Petition Organizer

      Though I believe it will be the team of incredible visionaries at Starbucks that will find a way to help the homeless my dream would be to use Twitter and it followers to be able to donate "Star" points or money into a fund that can then be used to give the homeless free registered and refillable Starbucks cards that they can use. If distributed through local agencies these homeless people could benefit from lots of resources not always so easily accessible to them.

      A pilot program right hear in my community would be the ultimate as I would work tirelessly toward it success.

      Read my letter in the Huffington Post. My purpose is to share a positive story to Starbucks and the world about homelessness and hope it inspires Mr. Schultz and his team to do another great thing for the community.

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Please read my letter published in the Huffington Post to Howard Schultz

      Revolution MacInnes
      Petition Organizer

      Tweet @Starbucks and tell them you support helping the homeless!

    8. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • LISA HULTGREN BILLERICA, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      why not? I have seen places in Boston block off areas where underground heat that came up through grates attracted homeless/cold people. How dare someone deny a person a basic human right, that will just escape into nothingness anways? Have some compassion

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    • Nicole Hearn POMONA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I too have had needs, I needed a place to stay when I had no home and friends provided me a home till I could find one permanently, I was hungry and God provided food on multiple occasions when I had no food through others' generosity, I had nothing at times in my life, and yet people stepped in and blessed and helped me. We are ALL human, all created in our Maker's image and all of us have value! It takes so little to help others, to show respect, a smile, to say thank you, to say YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO ME..... NO ONE SHOULD BE HOMELESS! No man, woman, child or animal. If we all share a little of what we have and a little love, we will all have plenty!

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    • Candace Adams CRESTVIEW, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because the power of this movement could and will change the lives of homeless in this country. Helping is so easy and this is how we become a more compassionate country and pay that forward to our children and future generations. This is the legacy we should leave. We are all one.

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    • Zev Percowitz WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because Starbucks seems to have a sound business profile and as such a community leader within an economy of which it knows very well, it should stretch out its arms and enable good fortune for the very people upon which it relies. Homelessness is a misfortune not a long term disease without medical cure.

      It would be in their best interest to see that they promote themselves as caring about others less fortunate rather than seeking out and constantly relying on its steadfast customers to continually support their own successes.

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    • John Vick BULLHEAD CITY, AZ
      • almost 2 years ago

      In the current economic climate, homelessness is growing. Its up to corporations to step up and help when so many are doing the opposite.

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