On Thursday, Starbucks announced that it will begin to compensate its employees for the act of volunteerism.

With the help of Points of Light, a nonprofit volunteering group, Starbucks picked 36 Starbucks Service Fellows in 13 cities for the pilot program.

For six months, the fellows will spend at least 20 hours per week working for Starbucks, and up to 20 hours per week at a local organization.