PERTH AMBOY – Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded $5,000 Boys and Girls Club of Perth Amboy under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Perth Amboy will utilize the Staples Foundation Grant to enhance their Project Learn component, a program developed to engage young people in learning and encourage them to succeed in school. Participation in this program will help drive academic success for youth.
“When young people enjoy school and feel a sense of accomplishment, they are more likely to finish school and go on to post-secondary education and to become the lifelong learners we want them to be,” said Tashilee Vazquez, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Perth Amboy.
The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.
The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2012, associates globally directed more than $2.1 million of Staples Foundation grants to 470 non-profit organizations.
“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”
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