Starbucks employees to lead restoration work on area trails
SUMMIT COUNTY – Starbucks employees from throughout Colorado hope to volunteer more than 25,000 hours of time toward various trail restoration projects this month, including Shrine Ridge Trail near Vail Pass later this month.
In return for their time, Starbucks will donate $250,000 to various nonprofit organizations throughout North America.
“Our basic Make Your Mark program began in early 2000 to support and encourage Starbucks partners to volunteer in their communities,” said Bridget Barrett, regional marketing manager for Starbucks Rocky Mountain. “Last year, Starbucks partners spent more than 12,700 hours making their mark to improve community life.”
To almost double the number of volunteer hours last year, Starbucks employees are asking customers to work with them.
So far, Denver-based Volunteers of Outdoor Colorado, the organization coordinating the work, has outlined four projects. They include work at Devil’s Playground near Pikes Peak Sept. 7 and 8; Larimer County Parks and Open Lands Sept. 14; Shrine Ridge Trail near Vail Pass Sept. 21 and 22; and a South Platte River sweep Sept. 28.
Shrine Pass is known for its panoramic beauty, including views of the Ten Mile, Sawatch, Flat Top, and Gore mountain ranges and Mount of the Holy Cross. But trails in the area were developed through use, not design, and in some locations, meander through alpine wetlands.
Volunteers will reroute the trail, plant trees, pull noxious weeds, paint and repair fences.
Starbucks officials will tally the collective hours employees volunteered, customers and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) volunteers and, based on that number, will determine a Make Your Mark grant dollar amount to be donated to the VOC. VOC is a nonprofit environmental organization that promotes and fosters a sense of personal responsibility for Colorado’s public lands among its citizens and visitors.
People who are interested in volunteering at one or more of the events can call the VOC at (303)-715-1010, or go online at http://www.voc.org or starbucks.com.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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