POSTED: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 10:15am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The next time you're in a Starbucks ordering your Venti Mocha Cappucino, you'll also have the opportunity to offer a helping hand to local businesses. The company just started a campaign called "Create Jobs for USA."
Americans helping Americans create jobs, and it's happening in Starbucks. Customers and employees can donate to "Create Jobs for USA." The money left over from your coffee order will help fund loans to community businesses across the country to help create jobs.
"It’s time not to be a bystander,” Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, said when explaining why they started the program. “Even though we are a corporation, let's make a statement that we can make a difference."
Schultz says he hopes to raise millions.
Starbucks says the money will go to different community development financial institutions, but to get your hands on some, you'll have to apply online.
When people give five dollars or more, you'll get a red, white, and blue bracelet with the message "indivisible." Schultz says 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 and the leadership we need," he concluded.