Kirsti VanBodegon and Ali Schick lend a hand in the native plant gardens at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre during the Starbucks work party.

Kirsti VanBodegon and Ali Schick lend a hand in the native plant gardens at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre during the Starbucks work party.

Starbucks brews up support for centre

Starbucks Coffee Company staff answered the call to help revive the native plant gardens at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Starbucks Coffee Company staff answered the call to help revive the native plant gardens at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

As part of the Starbucks Community Foundation, employees dedicated their volunteer hours to completing numerous tasks around the grounds including weeding, cleaning and painting.

“We’re getting ready for the season,” said Janice Buick, event and volunteer co-ordinator at ABNC

“Starbucks was kind enough to match volunteer hours to the centre.”

Joining Starbucks volunteers were students from the First Peoples Academy at W.L. Seaton Secondary, the North Okanagan Naturalists Club, Allan Brooks and the University Women’s Alumni.

“Starbucks is committed to the community in our volunteer efforts, and with Earth Day in April, we have a focus on the environment,” said Lori Stensrud, manager at the Fruit Union Plaza location.

“All of the regional stores are represented here as giving back to help create thriving neighborhoods is important to us.”

More than 100 volunteer hours were amassed during the work party.

Buick said that if other community members are interested in volunteering, there is a wide variety of opportunities at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, including guest relations, special events, buildings and grounds projects, and being a tour guide around the grounds.