Starbucks Tries to Put Americans Back to Work

The money left over from your coffee order will help fund loans to community businesses across the country to help create jobs

By Christina Hernandez
|  Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 6:35 PM EDT
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Starbucks tries to help create jobs for Americans.

Starbucks tries to help create jobs for Americans.

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Americans are helping Americans create jobs, and it's happening at Starbucks.

Starbucks customers and employees can donate to "Create Jobs for USA". The money left over from coffee orders will help fund loans to community businesses across the country to help create jobs.

"It's time not to be a bystander," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said. "Even though we are a corporation, let's make a statement that we can make a difference."

Schultz said he hopes to raise millions.

Jack Lieberman is a struggling small business owner in Miami. He's so frustrated with slow sales at his t-shirt and sign business that he joined many others in "Occupy Miami." An initiative like this could help people like Lieberman grow his business.

Starbucks said the money will go to different community development financial institutions and to apply online at opportunityfinance.net.

When people give five dollars or more, they'll receive a red, white, and blue bracelet that displays the message, "indivisible". Schultz said the word means undivided and the wristband serves as a symbol of Americans uniting to create jobs.

"We have a government right now that is divided and that's forcing us to a situation where we are not getting the results we need," Schultz said.

The program kicked off Tuesday and is starting with a five million dollar cushion from the Starbucks Foundation. To find out more log onto www.Starbucks.com.

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