United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild program has teamed up with Starbucks to create a food sharing program that will prevent discarded food from becoming environmental waste, while providing meals for hungry YouthBuild students.
The food sharing program will commence in conjunction with a new Starbucks' location opening in North Babylon on July 1st. As the store prepares to open, the partnership is also organizing a day of Community Service.
Through the Keep Islip Clean Adopt-A-Spot program, Starbucks and YouthBuild will kick off the partnership with a community beautification effort in Brentwood on Saturday June 29th. After the day of service, depending on how many volunteers are generated, Starbucks will award a service Grant to United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild Program.
This local partnership is an outgrowth of a national partnership between YouthBuild USA and the Starbucks Foundation. “We are excited to become a Starbucks community partner. This partnership allows YouthBuild Long Island to be an example of the possibilities between Starbucks and YouthBuild working together on service, job creation, recruitment and the reduction of environmental waste,” said Elizabeth Morgan, Director of YouthBuild Long Island.
Starbucks is recruiting volunteers to participate in the beautification project and has posted information on their Starbucks Community Service page. If you would like to join the effort, please visit community.starbucks.com/groups/beautify-brentwood
About YouthBuild Long Island
United Way of Long Island's YouthBuild program, is a free youth and community-development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. At YouthBuild, low-income young people, ages 18 to 24, have the opportunity to earn their General Educational Development (GED) while learning hands on job skills and earning a stipend for the work the perform when building housing. YouthBuild places a strong focus on green collar job opportunities by building affordable Green housing for low- to moderate-income people, and by participating in leadership development activities in their communities. Students train at United Way‘s E3 Career Training Center: The Center for Energy-Efficiency Education, which provides high school/college readiness programs, construction training, job readiness, leadership development, counseling and job development.