BJ’s Charitable Foundation Donates nearly $1.7 Million to 265 Charitable Organizations Focusing on Hunger Prevention, Education, Self-sufficiency and Health Care

BJ’s Foundation Continues Tradition of Supporting Organizations that Serve Communities

March 5, 2013 - (Westborough, MA) - BJ’s Charitable Foundation today announced a donation of $1,689,150 to 265 nonprofit organizations in the 15 states where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located. The donated funds will be dispersed to organizations that focus in four areas: hunger prevention, education, self sufficiency and healthcare.

Hunger Prevention

According to Feeding America, one in six people in the US struggle with hunger.  BJ’s Charitable Foundation will donate $557,500 to 71 organizations with programs to help prevent and alleviate hunger. The grants will help shelters, food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries purchase and distribute food to those suffering from hunger.

Education

BJ’s Charitable Foundation will also support 80 nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. $442,550 will be donated to purchase supplies for literacy skills, mentoring, tutoring and career development programs.

Self Sufficiency

Each year, more than three million people experience homelessness, including 1.3 million children, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. 80 nonprofits that provide temporary or emergency services to those who have the goal of becoming independent members of society will receive $495,600.

Healthcare

Thirty-four organizations that provide healthcare services to individuals and families that would not normally have access to healthcare will receive more than $193,500. The funds will help supply medical clinics and aid in costs for health prevention services, supplies for vision, dental and hearing screenings.

“The goal of BJ’s Charitable Foundation is to create a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities in which BJ’s serves” said Jessica Newman, Executive Director for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “Giving back is in the DNA of BJ’s Wholesale Club, and the donations from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation will impact tens of thousands of individuals and families, resulting in a better community for us all.”

Since its inception in 2005, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated nearly $16 million to over 1,800 community organizations. The noted organizations receiving grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation submitted proposals in January, April and July of 2012. All recipients are 501(c)3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.

Hunger Prevention

Foodshare, Inc., Bloomfield, CT - $15,000 in support of the Food Acquisition Program.

Community Soup Kitchen, New Haven, CT - $5,000 to support the Community Soup Kitchen Program, giving free, nutritious breakfast and lunch meals on a regular basis in New Haven.

Thrive DC, Washington, DC - $10,000 in support of the Daily Bread/Daily Needs Program, which provides homeless and low-income men, women and children with services and resources needed to stay healthy so they may concentrate on working toward their long-term goals.

Lutheran Community Services, Wilmington, DE - $10,000 to purchase food and provide additional support for the Food Pantry Programs.

Food Bank of Delaware, Inc., Newark, DE - $15,000 to support the Fields of Hope Fresh Produce Program, which brings high-quality and nutritious produce to the Food Bank of Delaware.

Christians Reaching Out To Society, Inc., Lake Worth, FL - $10,000 to purchase food for the Community Food Pantry Program.

Our Lady of Light Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Fort Myers, FL - $5,000 for the Nutrition Improvement Initiative Program that distributes food packages to local needy families to increase the nutritional value of their food consumption.

Miami Coalition for the Homeless, Miami, FL - $5,000 to support the Indoor Meal Program, which works with local community and faith-based organizations to provide nutritious food for low income and homeless people.

Trinity Cafe, Inc., Tampa, FL - $15,000 to help fund the Project Protein and Produce Program, providing homeless individuals a nutritionally-rich meal that, over time, could lead to decreased ailments related to poor diet.

Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL - $12,500 to support the JFCS Emergency Food Program, which helps families in crisis meet the basic human need of nutrition.

The Salvation Army - A Georgia Corporation, Sarasota, FL - $4,500 to support the Daily Feeding Program that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year at the Center of Hope.

United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc., Leesburg, FL - $5,000 for the purchase of food for the Human Care Network Program comprised of food pantries in Lake and Sumter Counties.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Inc., Sarasota, FL - $10,000 to support the Culinary Arts Kids Café Program, which teaches kids to plan and prepare healthy, nutritious and cost-effective meals and snacks.

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Inc., Bradenton, FL - $15,000 to support the Baby Basket Program, giving essential infant nutritional items to new parents.

Atlanta Union Mission, Atlanta, GA - $10,000 to purchase food for the Shepherd's Inn and My Sister's House Shelters Program.

Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta, GA - $10,000 to purchase food for the Increasing Food Distribution Program.

Project Open Hand/Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, GA - $15,000 to purchase food and supplements for the Comprehensive Nutrition Care Program.

Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, GA - $12,500 to purchase food and delivery materials for the Meals On Wheels Atlanta Program.

Senior Services North Fulton, Inc., Roswell, GA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Meals on Wheels Expansion Program.

South Boston Community Health Center, Inc., South Boston, MA - $5,000 to purchase food and program supplies for the Food Pantry Program.

Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., Kingston, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Food Pantry Program.

Project Just Because, Inc., Holliston, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Hopkinton Food Pantry.

The Elizabeth Peabody House, Somerville, MA - $5,000 to support the Emergency Food Pantry services.

Haven from Hunger, Peabody, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Food Pantry Program.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, North Adams, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Friendship Center Food Pantry Program.

Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc., Malden, MA - $7,500 to purchase food for the Subsidized Housing Senior Nutrition Outreach Program.

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc., Plymouth, MA - $10,000 to support the Food Resources Program - Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse Program.

The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry Inc., Gloucester, MA - $5,000 to support the Food Pantry: Connecting People to Fresh Food Program.

Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Lowell, MA - $7,500 to support the Food Distribution Program.

Community Health Connections, Inc., Fitchburg, MA - $5,000 to purchase food and toiletries for the ACTION Health Services Patient Food Pantry Program.

AIDS Project Worcester Inc., Worcester, MA - $5,000 to purchase food and supplements for the Nutrition is Medicine Program.

Interfaith Social Services, Quincy, MA - $9,000 to support the Pantry Shelf Food Program.

Kit Clark Senior Services, Boston, MA - $8,000 to support the Kit Clark Elder Nutrition Project, providing healthy, hot meals at 29 sites in Boston, where seniors eat weekday lunches in groups and daily Meals on Wheels deliveries to homebound elders unable to cook for themselves.

Manna Food Center, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD - $5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Distribution Program.

Associated Catholic Charities, Inc., Baltimore, MD - $5,000 to purchase food for the Our Daily Bread Program.

Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services Inc., Laurel, MD - $5,000 to purchase food for the Food Pantry Program.

Paul's Place, Inc., Baltimore, MD - $5,000 to purchase food and supplies for the Hot Lunch and Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston, ME - $5,000 in support of the Food Pantry program, giving day shelter assistance, a refugee assistance program and a meals program.

Loaves & Fishes, Inc., Charlotte, NC - $5,000 to purchase food for the Perishable Foods Program. 

Turning Point, Inc., Monroe, NC - $7,500 to purchase food for the women and children who reside at the Turning Point Shelter.

Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc., Lebanon, NH - $5,000 in support of the Home Delivered Meals for Rural New Hampshire Elders Program, which provides a hot, nutritious meal for the elders.

Newark Emergency Services for Families, Inc., (NESF), Newark, NJ - $5,000 in support of the Food and Clothing Pantry Program, giving emergency food and clothing assistance to those experiencing financial hardships.

Pass It Along, Sparta, NJ - $5,000 to purchase food supplies for the Cooking with a Mission Program.

Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corp, Jersey City, NJ - $5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Pantry program.

Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, Inc., Morristown, NJ - $12,000 in support of the Community Soup Kitchen program, providing meals to homeless and impoverished men, women and children.

T. A. S. K. INC., Trenton, NJ - $5,000 to purchase food for the Meal Service Program.

Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., Asbury Park, NJ - $5,000 in support of the Need to Feed Program, giving meals to homeless and impoverished members of the community, thereby supplementing the nutrition needs of the homeless.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, Margate City, NJ - $5,000 in support of the Klinghoffer Nursing and Nutrition Program, which provides a comprehensive support system to older adults to help them develop and maintain a healthy and balanced diet while ensuring good health.

DOROT, Inc., New York, NY - $5,000 to purchase food for the Homelessness Prevention Program.

Sanctuary for Families, Inc., New York, NY - $7,500 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Program.

The Food Bank for Westchester Inc., Elmsford, NY - $10,000 to purchase food for distribution through the Food Growing Program and Project Green Thumb.

City Harvest, Inc., New York, NY - $5,000 to purchase food and fuel for the Emergency Food Program.

Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, Inc., Nanuet, NY - $10,000 to purchase food for the Homebound Meal Delivery Program.

Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force, Inc., Hawthorne, NY - $5,000 to purchase food and toiletries to distribute at the Emergency Food Closets Program.

Interfaith Nutrition Network, Hempstead, NY - $15,000 to purchase bulk food items for the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen program.

New York City Coalition Against Hunger, New York, NY - $5,000 to purchase food from farmers for the Farm Fresh Initiative Program.

Dutchess Outreach, Inc., Poughkeepsie, NY - $5,000 to purchase food for the Beverly Closs Memorial Food Pantry program.

Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY - $12,500 to purchase fresh produce and supplies for the Stocking Our Shelves Program. 

Neighborhood Alliance, Elyria, OH - $5,000 in support of the Haven Center Homeless Shelter Program, giving shelter and meals for men, women and children.

Mobile Meals, Inc., Akron, OH - $15,000 in support of the Meals and Supplements for Children and Adults Unable to Pay Program to provide meals and supplements to children, disabled individuals and the elderly.

Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, Akron, OH - $10,000 in support of the Transportation Program for the Foodbank, distributing emergency food to the community’s most vulnerable citizens.  

Cleveland Foodbank, Inc., Cleveland, OH - $10,000 to purchase food for the Foodbank's Children's Nutrition Initiative program, which addresses the issue of inadequate nutrition among families with low incomes by introducing young children to healthy eating habits while providing them with critical meals.

Meals on Wheels of Northampton County, Inc., Bethlehem, PA - $7,000 in support of the Meal Subsidy Program, providing meals for seniors unable to afford the partial or total cost of meal assistance.

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, Philadelphia, PA - $12,000 to purchase food for the Home-Delivered Meals for People at Acute Nutritional Risk from Life-Threatening Illness Program.

Chester County Food Bank, Downingtown, PA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Children’s Food Backpack program, providing food for school children identified as high-risk for having inadequate nutrition on weekends.

East Bay Community Action Program, Riverside, RI - $5,000 to purchase food for the Riverside Rhode Island Food Pantry program.

Meals On Wheels of Rhode Island, Inc., Providence, RI - $7,500 in support of the Home Delivered Program, delivering daily meals across the state to seniors over the age of 60 and the home-bound.

Westbay Community Action, Warwick, RI - $5,000 for the Westbay Marketplace Program, which serves as a regional center for food security services.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank Association, Providence, RI - $15,000 in support of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank Association, acting as a food distribution center for member agencies. 

ALIVE! Inc., Alexandria, VA - $10,000 to purchase food for the Food and Family Emergency Program, which supports seniors, the disabled and families with young children

Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington, VA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, supplying nutritious food to needy families.

Education

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, Hartford, CT - $5,000 in support of the Job Readiness Program, preparing lower-level students for the job market with an intensive program to improve both their literacy and job readiness skills and also prepares higher level students for job training programs.

Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, Inc., New Haven, CT - $5,000 to support the Experience Corps - Greater New Haven Program that engages and trains adults 55+ as volunteer literacy tutors in elementary schools.

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Hartford, CT - $3,000 for the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy Program that works to build and improve the reading skills of pre-kindergarten to grade three economically and educationally at-risk students.

The Children's Home of Cromwell CT Inc., Cromwell, CT - $5,000 in support of the Buddy and Tutoring Program that trains volunteers to work with behaviorally challenged and emotionally traumatized youth.

Read to Grow, Inc., Branford, CT - $7,550 in support of the Building Literacy from Birth Program which, through the dissemination of educational materials, links health to the importance of early literacy, language and attachment.

Latin American Community Center, Wilmington, DE - $5,000 in support of the Youth Science Technology Engineering and Math Program, working to increase knowledge and comfort of computers, robotics, engineering and science education in youth. 

Read Aloud Delaware, Wilmington, DE - $5,000 to support the Reading Challenge Program, which encourages parents throughout Delaware to read to their children.

Delaware Adolescent Program, Wilmington, DE - $5,000 to support the Delaware Kids Connection Mentoring Program -- a statewide collaboration between the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc., community partners and school districts to strengthen academic achievement, positive decision-making and pro-social behaviors of middle-school aged children and pregnant and parenting teens who are deemed at high risk for school failure.

Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Miami, Inc, Miami, FL - $4,500 to support the Allapattah Family Y Summer Camp Program by providing for activities that address literacy, physical fitness, social skills building, family involvement and nutritious food and beverages, helping  youth to develop in all essential growth areas.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL - $5,000 to support the Mentoring Resource Program, a volunteer-based mentoring and tutoring program for at-risk youth.

I Have A Dream-Overtown Inc, Miami, FL - $5,000 to support the I Have A Dream-Overtown program, which assists high school youth from economically disadvantaged households as they strive towards getting into a college, university or vocational setting.

GROWS (Greater Reading or Writing Skills) Literacy Council, Inc., Apopka, FL - $5,000 to support the GROWS Family Literacy Program, engaging families through reading, language and literacy skills.

The Salvation Army, West Palm Beach, FL - $5,000 to support the After School Tutorial Program focused primarily on math and reading skills.

Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL - $4,500 to support the Literacies First - Read2Succeed program, a mentoring program that provides weekly reading assistance to pairs of low to mid-level readers in first and second grade.

Greater Miami Youth for Christ, Miami, FL - $5,000 to support the Greater Miami Youth for Christ-KIX Program, which serves at-risk middle and high school students by providing homework assistance, promoting physical health and developing positive character traits and social behaviors.

Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida Inc., Fort Myers, FL - $5,000 to support the iStation Reading Program for the Pine Manor After School and Summer Program for children.

Family Resource Center of South Florida, Miami, FL - $5,000 in support of the Back to School On-Track Program, helping children in foster care improve academic performance.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties, Leesburg, FL - $5,000 to support the Project Learn Program to reinforce and enhance the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Boys and Girls Club.

Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc., Hollywood, FL - $5,000 to support the Unity 4 Teens Program, a year-round after-school and summer youth development program providing education and enrichment activities to help at-risk youth, ages 11-18, attain academic and social success.

Newton County READS, Inc., Oxford, GA - $2,500 in support of programs that address the needs of undereducated adults/teens by providing adult literacy, GED preparation and English as a Second Language programs.

Mercy Housing Southeast (MHSE), Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to support the Youth Resident Services Program, which provides educational opportunities during afterschool time, health and wellness opportunities, financial literacy training and community participation.

Partnership For Community Action, Inc., Clarkston, GA - $5,000 to support the Partnership of Community Action Head Start Fatherhood Program focused on helping fathers spend more time with their children and participate in their early literacy progress.

Jumpstart for Young Children, Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to support the Jumpstart Atlanta Program, working to close the achievement gap by delivering an innovative and intensive early literacy program taught by trained college students to preschool children.

Rainbow Child Development Center, Worcester, MA - $5,000 to support the Social Services Program, providing therapeutic services to children in need.

Epiphany School, Inc., Dorchester, MA - $4,500 to support the Academic Skills Tutoring Program, which strives to improve the literacy skills of students through small group and individual tutoring.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro West, Marlborough, MA - $5,000 in support of the Power Hour Homework Assistance Program, providing the necessary support, resource and guidance to youth ages 6-18 to help them complete their homework.

Boston Local Development Corp, Boston, MA - $10,000 to support the Storymobile Program, giving children with free books and captivating stories told by professional storytellers throughout the city.

Reach Out and Read, Inc., Boston, MA - $12,500 to support the Greater Baltimore School Readiness Initiative Program, providing literacy information and age appropriate books to parents of young children.

The B.E.L.L. Foundation Inc., Dorchester, MA - $5,000 to support the BELL Summer Boston Program, giving Boston Public Schools students with an intense, 5 week, educational program that helps them turn around academic performance, gain pace with peers, build self-confidence and enter the next school year prepared to succeed.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Boston, MA - $10,000 to support the Kid's Day Therapeutic After-School and Summer Program to provide a safe, structured and nurturing after-school and summer environment for at-risk students.

The City on a Hill Foundation, Roxbury, MA - $5,000 to support the CoaHCOPRS Tutorial Program, which is City on a Hill's fully integrated skills-based tutorial program.

Nativity Boston, Inc., Jamaica plain, MA - $5,000 to support the Afternoon and Evening Enrichment Program, giving students with academic, athletic, cultural and civic enrichment activities.

Merrimack Valley Young Men’s Christian Association Inc., Lawrence, MA - $5,000 to support the Adelante Education Center Programs: School Success, Summer Success and the Scholar Program.

Friendly House Inc., Worcester, MA - $4,500 to support the Friendly House After School and Summer "Academies" Program, which brings educational, recreational and social activities to students K-6 at the Friendly House Wall Street Facility.

School On Wheels of Massachusetts, Inc., Brockton, MA - $9,500 to support the Educating Children Impacted by Homelessness Program, providing quality educational resources to children in need.

Thomas Chew Memorial Boys & Girls Club, Fall river, MA - $5,000 to support the Reading Club Program to encourage recreational reading to enhance reading comprehension among youth, especially those with low English comprehension skills.

Newton Community Service Center, West Newton, MA - $5,000 in support of the Early Literacy Enhancement Program, which provides a literacy rich environment to youth and families.

Friends of the Children - Boston, Boston, MA - $10,000 to support the Friends of Children - Boston Mentoring Program, giving first graders from Boston’s most high-risk communities support for 12 years.

The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc., Roxbury, MA - $7,500 to support the Victory Generation After and Out of School Time Program, which supplies a unique mix of academically focused services, plus fitness, arts and cultural activities that meet the varied needs of the ethnically diverse populations served.

BCCS Management Corporation, Dorchester, MA - $5,000 to support the After School Program, providing programs that ignite students' interests in drama, culture, the outdoors and the community around them.

Cape Cod Child Development Program, Inc., Hyannis, MA - $5,000 in support of the School-Aged Program which supports children from grades K-6 with both after-school and summer sessions

Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., Boston, MA - $5,000 to support the Jumpstart Philadelphia Program, which works to close the achievement gap by delivering an innovative and intensive early literacy program taught by trained college students to preschool children.

For Kids Only Afterschool Inc., Salem, MA - $6,000 to support the STEM Learning Centers, which provide access to interactive experiential Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning.

Child & Family Services, Inc., New Bedford, MA - $5,000 to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater New Bedford Program, which matches caring adult mentors and youth.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, Aberdeen, MD - $5,000 to support the Power Hour: Making Minutes Count Program, providing youth ages 6-18 with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete homework and start the school day with a sense of confidence and ability.

YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Arnold, MD - $10,000 to support the Turning Point Emerging Leaders Program, an after-school and summer prevention program that builds self-esteem, enhances life skills and provides mentoring and tutoring.

Inner-County Outreach, Inc., Aberdeen, MD - $4,000 to support the Education Department in its efforts to increase academic attainment among low-income and single parent families that face many risk factors such as idleness, lack of supervision and need for education and engaging activities.

Exchange/SCAN Child and Parenting Center, Statesville, NC - $4,000 in support of the Parent Aide Program, which provides parenting classes on how to rebuild their relationship with their children.

The Alcove, Center for Grieving Children & Families, Inc., Northfield, NJ - $5,000 in support of the School Outreach Program, providing bereavement support for children.

EducationWorks, Lawrenceville, NJ - $10,000 in support of the EducationWorks Mentoring Program, providing students with the necessary academic and emotional support needed to achieve success in school and life.

BlueWaveNJ Public Interest Foundation, Montclair, NJ - $2,500 to purchase equipment and program supplies for the After-School Tutoring Program.

Transitional Services for New York, Inc., Whitestone, NY - $5,000 to purchase vocational evaluation tools and educational posters for TSINY's Vocational Programs.

Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation, Inc., Albany, NY - $6,000 in support of the 15-LOVE Literacy programs, which distributes books to young children.

The Reading Team, New York, NY - $5,000 in support of the Reading Team After-School Program, which serves children whose obstacles to learning interfere with their ability to keep up with their classmates and to succeed in school.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc., Albany, NY - $7,500 in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc., which makes new matches with low-income, at-risk youth living in the Capital Region.

The Opening Word Program, Wyandanch, NY - $7,500 in support of the Post Secondary Transition Program, to provide upper-level students with on-going education and employment.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY - $5,000 to purchase study guides and educational supplies for the Lang Youth Medical Program.

Charter School for Applied Technologies, Buffalo, NY - $5,000 to purchase learning tools for the Financial Literacy Program, which serves disadvantaged K-12 CSAT students and their caregivers and fosters financial stability and brighter futures.

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Inc., Albany, NY - $5,000 in support of the Crafts Arts Recreation and Education Program, seeking to develop and support children in a protective environment. 

Northeast Parent and Child Society, Inc., Schenectady, NY - $6,700 in support of the Pathways 2 Success Career Services Program, which targets young people who require assistance completing their high school education or finding employment. 

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Brooklyn, NY - $5,000 to purchase educational materials that promote literacy for the Reading Buddies Program.

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Inc., Brooklyn, NY - $12,500 to purchase educational materials for the Bushwick Workforce Resource Center Program.

Hispanic Counseling Center, Inc., Hempstead, NY - $5,000 in support of the Teen Drop-In Center -- a safe, supervised haven for learning, recreation and youth development.

The Korean American Family Service Center, Flushing, NY - $5,000 to purchase supplies for literacy, arts and science/technology/engineering programs for the Hodori After-School Program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY - $7,500 to purchase educational program supplies for the Bridging the Gap Program.

Westhab, Inc., Elmsford, NY - $5,000 in support of the After School Academics Program, which use hands-on group activities and fun games to reinforce lessons children learn in school.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH - $5,000 in support of the School Based Mentoring Program -- an on-site program that matches adult volunteers with children in an academic setting.

Mighty Writers, Philadelphia, PA - $4,500 in support of the Mighty Afterschool Program, giving homework help and writing instruction, establishing mentorship relationships and offering a safe and creative haven for students. 

Lehigh Valley Children's Centers, Inc., Allentown, PA - $3,500 in support of the Summer Enrichment Program, providing safe reliable child care for working families.

Crispus Attucks Association of York PA, York, PA - $5,000 to purchase books, mentoring supplies, snacks and meals for the Village Mentoring Center Program.

First Book-Wayne/Pike, Hawley, PA - $5,000 to purchase new books for the Books for Children Program.

Big Picture Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA - $5,000 in support of the College and Career Support Coordinator for the Back in School, Ready for My Future Program.

Chester County Futures, Inc., Exton, PA - $3,000 in support of the Passport to College Program, designed to equip and empower motivated and economically disadvantaged students to graduate high school and post-secondary school.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, Inc., Harrisburg, PA - $4,800 in support of the Volunteers of America Children's Center Program, which strives to help improve children's academic success and families' employment opportunities.

The Arc of Chester County, West Chester, PA - $4,500 to help support the Job Education Training & Support for Adults with Disabilities Program, which helps adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities obtain and maintain competitive employment.

Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education, Providence, RI - $5,000 to purchase school supplies and text books for the Scholars Program.

Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Pawtucket, RI - $4,500 to purchase program supplies for the After-School Education Program.

Greater Richmond SCAN, Richmond, VA - $2,500 to purchase educational supplies for the Circle Preschool Program for trauma-based mental health services for victims of child sexual and severe physical abuse in a preschool environment.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Inc., Falls Church, VA - $7,500 in support of the Family Learning Program, which engages immigrant parents and their children in activities that help develop English language skills.

Child & Family Services of Eastern VA, Norfolk, VA - $3,000 to purchase program materials and supplies for the Team Up Mentoring Program, which strives to improve the lives of children living in primarily single-parent families.

Self-Sufficiency

Thames River Community Service, Inc., Norwich, CT - $10,000 in support of the Child Development Program, providing support for children with special needs, promotes children's mental health wellness and improves communication between parent and child. 

The Connection, Inc., Middletown, CT - $5,000 to purchase food for the Eddy Shelter Program -- the only shelter for single women and men in Middlesex County.

Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc., New London, CT - $7,500 in support of the Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Technology Enhancement Program that will help provide clients access to tools that they can use to increase their self-sufficiency.

National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund, Inc., Dover, DE - $5,000 in support of the Default and Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Program, which helps households transfer into more stable mortgage products, modify loans, or overcome hardships to keep their homes.

Ingleside Homes, Inc., Wilmington, DE - $5,000 to support the Benevolence Fund Program, which financially assists seniors so they can afford such necessities as medication, food, clothing and toiletries.

Children's Home Society of Florida, South Coastal Division, West Palm Beach, FL - $5,000 to support the Transitions Home Program's residential and day care program that provides education and support for teen mothers who are either homeless or in foster care.

Alpha House of Tampa, Inc., Tampa, FL - $5,000 to support the Moving Forward: Meeting the Transportation Needs of Alpha House of Tampa residents program, serving pregnant and parenting mothers in crisis and their families each year.

Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL - $12,500 to support the Emergency Shelter and Food for Homeless Individuals and Families Program, which aims to meet the basic needs of the homeless residents.

Adopt A Family of the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth, FL - $5,000 to purchase food for the Housing Stabilization Program to aid families who are experiencing a crisis that has negatively impacted their housing stability.

Midtown Assistance Center, Inc. (MAC), Atlanta, GA - $5,000 in support of the Homeless Prevention Program to assist low-income working individuals and their families who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis and are on the verge of eviction.

The Center for Family Resources, Marietta, GA - $5,000 in support of the Direct Services Program, which provides financial assistance for rent and utility payments, food, prescriptions, transportation and holiday programs to stabilize families in crisis.

Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to support the Critical Needs Program, providing basic necessities to clients.

Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta, GA - $10,000 to support the Furniture Distribution Program, giving beds and furniture to every client.

Project Community Connections, Inc., Decatur, GA - $5,000 to support the Housing Placement Program, which is exclusively focused on housing - both through financial assistance and services - to help those who are experiencing homelessness be re-housed and stabilized in permanent housing.

Nicholas House, Inc., Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to support the Transitional Housing Program, providing comprehensive services and housing to help families move toward independence.

Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to support the Women's In Transition Program, which assists women with children to strive for self-sufficiency and strengthen families.

Emerge, Cambridge, MA - $4,000 to support the Indigent Client Fund Program, providing counseling scholarships to men who have incomes less than $280 per week.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., Lynn, MA - $5,000 in support of A Bed for Every Child Program, giving beds and mattresses to children and families in need.

Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc., Worcester, MA - $5,000 to support the Women's Center Program, which provides information, education, support and one-on-one coaching to women to achieve their goal of becoming self-sufficient.

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc., Worcester, MA - $6,000 to purchase food for the Job and Education Center Program.

HomeStart, Inc., Boston, MA - $5,000 to support the Family Stabilization Program, which works with newly-housed formerly homeless families and provides intensive one-on-one case management to help at-risk households retain their housing and maintain successful tenancies.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc., Framingham, MA - $5,000 to support the Common Ground Resource Center Program, providing clients with access to health care, substance abuse treatment, education, job training and employment services.

Youth Villages, Woburn, MA - $5,000 to support the Massachusetts Holiday Heroes Program, giving gifts to those in need during the holiday season.

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc., East Boston, MA - $5,000 to support the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program.

The Community Builders, Inc., Boston, MA - $5,000 to support Project L.O.S.S. (Lowering Obstacles to Self Sufficiency) Program.

Cape Cod Council of Churches Inc., Hyannis, MA - $15,000 to support A Baby Center Program, providing diapers, wipes and other baby supplies to families of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Lazarus House Incorporated, Lawrence, MA - $7,500 to purchase food for the Food Service Program.

Institute for Health and Recovery, Cambridge, MA - $5,000 to support the Project BRIGHT Program, which supports children who have experienced the traumas of homelessness, separation from parents, possible sexual and physical abuse, neglect and community violence, all while living with addicted and mentally ill parents from a very young age.

Lutheran Social Services of New England, Inc., Worcester, MA - $5,000 in support of the Young Parents Support Program, which serves low-income young and teenaged parents.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc., Boston, MA - $7,500 to support the Child Services Program, which matches youth in need of adoption with families.

The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc., Bel Air, MD - $5,000 to support the SARC Safehouse Program, providing 24-hour shelter, support, advocacy, crisis intervention, group meetings, case management, life skills training, education, referrals and resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking and their children.

Project PLASE, Inc., Baltimore, MD - $5,000 to support the Permanent Housing Shelter Plus Care Program, giving emergency assistance such as funding security deposits to secure housing, paying for utility bills and purchasing basic furniture.

Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc., Columbia, MD - $5,000 to support the Housing Stability Program - Temporary Housing Program, which enables homeless families to have dignified, stable housing in their community so they can keep their children in school and continue their employment.

Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry, Concord, NC - $5,000 in support of the Teaching Houses- Building Self Sufficiency for Homeless Families with Children Program, which allows a working family the opportunity to establish the financial stability and personal disciplines needed to maintain independent housing.

Genesis Home, Inc., Durham, NC - $2,500 to purchase supplies to refurbish and repair Genesis Home, Inc.'s shelter suites as part of the Adopt-A-Suite Program.

Florence Crittenton Services, Inc., Charlotte, NC - $10,000 in support of the Florence Crittenton Services Program, providing food and a safe stable shelter; semi private living quarters; case planning; high risk behavior prevention education; parenting and prenatal education and an on-site vocational lab where clients receive a vocational assessment.

PLM Families Together, Raleigh, NC - $7,500 in support of the Family Assistance Fund, which assist families with rent or utilities when an emergency occurs.

Hope Haven, Inc., Charlotte, NC - $7,500 in support of the Hope Haven Vocational Support Program, helping residents move toward self-sufficiency.

Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Inc., Laconia, NH - $5,000 in support of the Transitional Shelter Program, which helps families develop skills needed to achieve economic stability and to secure and maintain permanent housing.

Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc., Plainfield, NJ - $10,000 in support of the Homefirst Transitional Housing Program, which provides transitional housing for homeless families.

Womanspace, Lawrenceville, NJ - $12,500 in support of the Emergency Shelter Program, supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The Center for Great Expectations, Somerset, NJ - $7,500 in support of the Adult Women’s Program, which assists in providing the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing to homeless adult women and their children.

Homeless Solutions Inc., Morristown, NJ - $5,000 in support of The Family Shelter Program, which provides a safe, clean and stable environment for homeless families.

Children's Aid and Family Services, Inc., Paramus, NJ - $8,000 to purchase baby formula and diapers for the Baby Basics Program.

Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocate, Newark, NJ - $2,600 in support of the "Fostering Futures" Mentoring Program, which is designed to engage teens in taking an active role in planning their transition to independence by promoting motivation and commitment through self-esteem and positive self-identity.

Passaic County CASA for Children, Wayne, NJ - $4,000 to purchase training supplies and food for community volunteers as part of the Training of the Passaic County CASA Advocate/Mentors Program.

Hudson River Housing, Inc., Poughkeepsie, NY - $5,000 in support of the River Haven Independent Living Services Program, assisting unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youth by addressing immediate needs and helping them to develop self-sufficiency skills.

Opportunities for Ostego, Inc., Oneonta, NY - $5,000 in support of the Emergency Housing Assistance Program, providing emergency shelter, rental assistance, information/referrals, advocacy, and transportation assistance to support families in obtaining/maintaining permanent housing.  

United Way of Tompkins County, Inc., Ithaca, NY - $5,000 in support of the Coalition and the Assisting Individuals Program, which provides knowledge and resources to increase access to employment and asset development for individuals with limited income and/or disabilities.

Furniture Sharehouse, Larchmont, NY - $4,000 to support trucking services to transport furniture for the Inventory Acquisition program.

Huntington Youth Bureau Youth Development Research Institute, Huntington, NY - $3,000 to purchase emergency materials for youth in crisis as part of the Sanctuary Host Home Program.

Doe Fund Inc., New York, NY - $7,500 to purchase food, kitchen supplies and equipment for the Doe Fund Veterans Program.

Warren/Washington County Homeless Youth Coalition, Inc., Glen Falls, NY - $10,000 in support of the Emergency Shelter Program, providing shelter, case management and services to reunite youth with their family, or to help them gain the education and skills necessary to be able to live independently.

The Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY - $10,000 in support of the StreetWise Street Outreach Program, which reaches vulnerable youth using an RV that travels to urban centers linking them to vital services such as emergency food, shelter and counseling.

Diocesan Central Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Buffalo, NY, Inc., (a.k.a. Society of St. Vincent de Paul), Buffalo, NY - $5,000 to purchase food and supplies for the Dining Room and Food Pantry program.

Challenge Industries, Ithaca, NY - $4,000 to purchase care items for the Emergency and Transitional Supports for Job Seekers with Barriers to Employment: Creating a Safety Net to Support the Transition to Self-Sufficiency Program.

Trillium Family Solutions, Canton, OH - $5,000 in support of the StarkWORKS Program providing free employment preparation services to qualifying individuals.

Cogswell Hall, Inc., Cleveland, OH - $4,000 to purchase food for the Cogswell Hall Food and Nutrition program.

Merrick House, Cleveland, OH - $5,000 in support of the Teen and Adult Education Program, which serves teens and adults to provides individualized instruction beginning with improving low reading and math skills and advancing to passing the GED examination.

Rebuilding Together Summit County, Inc., Akron, OH - $10,000 in the support of the Safe at Home program, which makes needed repairs and modifications on behalf of homeowners to improve their living conditions, reduce housing costs and increase their independence.

Mature Services, Inc., Akron, OH - $2,000 to purchase equipment to provide in-home cleaning for seniors and adults with chronic health conditions and physical disabilities for the Homecare: Chore Program.

Dress for Success South Central PA, Harrisburg, PA - $5,000 in support of the Career Center Job Search Enhancement Services Program, which offers clients an opportunity to search for employment with a supportive network to encourage an extensive job search. 

Mt. Airy Community Services Corporation (MACSC), Philadelphia, PA - $5,000 in support of the WWCP's Hope Garden at Stenton Family Manor: Growing Seeds of Change in Philadelphia Program, offering at-risk, underserved families greater access to food security, education, skills and hope.

Bethesda Project, Philadelphia, PA - $5,000 in support of the Men's Shelter and Safe Haven Program, giving meals, shelter and case management services to vulnerable homeless men. 

Young Women's Christian Association of York, York, PA - $5,000 in support of the Domestic Violence Shelter and Transitional Housing Assistance Programs, which provides services to domestic violence victims and their dependent children.

Mary's Shelter, Reading, PA - $5,000 to purchase food and personal care items for pregnant women and children moving into emergency shelter for the Healthy Starts Program.

YWCA Lancaster, Lancaster, PA - $5,000 in support of the Kepler Hall Shelter, providing vital residential support services for low-income women and their children.

Opportunity House, Reading, PA - $5,000 to purchase food for meals and snacks for residents of the Emergency Shelter Support Program.

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA - $4,500 in support of the Sixth Street Shelter to operate the Turner Street Apartments, which helps homeless families to become self-sufficient.  

Operation Warm, Chadds Ford, PA - $10,000 in support of Operation Warm, which partners with a wide range of organizations to provide children in schools, low-income housing and social service organizations with new winter coats. 

Family Resources Community Action, Woonsocket, RI - $5,500 to purchase resources for the Woonsocket Shelter Enhancement Program to help improve the comfort and security level of the families living in the Shelter. 

Newport County Women's Resource Center, Newport, RI - $1,500 in support of the Gaudet Character Development Initiative to help adults prevent bullying and violence in schools. 

Crossroads Rhode Island, Providence, RI - $10,000 to purchase food and cover the costs of preparing meals for individuals and families through the Crossroads Food and Shelter Services Program.

RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Warwick, RI - $15,000 in support of the Domestic Violence Self Sufficiency Program, which helps prevent domestic violence and homelessness from reoccurring with at risk victims.

Mother Seton House Inc., Virginia Beach, VA - $10,000 in support of the Youth Shelters Program, providing basic shelter needs for youth up to the age of 21 years old

SCAN of Northern Virginia, Inc., Alexandria, VA - $5,000 in support of the CASA Program, which advocates for the best interests of each abused or neglected child.

Homestretch Incorporated, Falls Church, VA - $5,000 in support of the Homestretch Employment Center Program, helping clients develop skills needed to obtain a job as well as those needed to maintain a job and advance in the workplace.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc., Alexandria, VA - $10,000 in support of the Self-Sufficiency Training and Resiliency Skills program, which provides services for clients with immigration issues and other challenges.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria, Alexandria, VA - $7,500 in support of the Critical Need Fund Program, providing emergency repairs to low-income homeowners.

Healthcare

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT - $5,000 in support of the Kids in Safety Seats (KISS-CT) and Bike Helmet Education and Distribution (BHED) Programs, striving to keep children safe and prevent injuries.

Malta House of Care Foundation, Inc., Hartford, CT - $5,000 in support of the Treating Chronic Disease Among the Uninsured Program, which provides patients with high quality, continuing treatment without discrimination.

Jewish Family Services of Delaware, Inc., Wilmington, DE - $5,000 in support of the Outpatient Mental Health Services Program.

Luz Del Mundo, Oakland Park, FL - $10,000 to support the Indigent Health Care and Prevention Outreach Program/Health Access Program, which enhances the level of essential health care and preventative medical services provided to medically underserved, uninsured disadvantaged at risk individuals.

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., Sarasota, FL - $5,000 to support the Selby Preschool - Onsite Therapy Program for students from birth – five years and who have developmental and/or multiple disabilities, complex medical problems and special needs.

Crispus Attucks Children's Center, Inc., (CACC), Dorchester, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Program.

Community Health Center of Franklin County Inc., Greenfield, MA - $5,000 to support the Federal 330 Grant Program, which allows for patients to receive health care regardless of income or ability to pay.

Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Mashpee, MA - $10,000 to support the Adolescent Care Program, which provides mental health services to teens.

Cape Cod Healthcare Inc., Hyannis, MA - $5,000 to support Cape Cod Hospital's Interpreter Service Program.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, MA - $10,000 to support the Family Team: Outreach Health Care and Basic Resources for Homeless Families Program.

Young Womens Christian Association of Boston, Inc., Boston, MA - $5,000 to support the Women's Health and Wellness Program, which increases health care access for low-income women of color, new immigrant communities and under-insured women.

Community Health Programs, Inc, GT Barrington, MA - $5,000 to support the CHP on Wheels Program, which brings health care directly to small towns and isolated individuals by providing screenings (cholesterol, vision, blood pressure, flu shots), health education and primary care to the county’s rural poor; Latino population, elderly and teens.

St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown, MD - $3,500 to support the Get Connected to Health Program, a quality, primary care service for the uninsured and medically underserved residents of St. Mary’s County.

Mobile Medical Care, Inc., Bethesda, MD - $5,000 to purchase medical and clinical supplies for the Primary and Preventive Health Care Program.

Coltrane LIFE Center, Inc., Concord, NC - $5,000 in support of the Adult Day Health Service program, which provides a variety of health care services to seniors and adults with disabilities.

Matthews Free Medical Clinic, Matthews, NC - $5,000 to purchase medical supplies for the Free Medical Clinic Program.

Urban Ministries of Wake County, Inc., Raleigh, NC - $5,000 to purchase medicine for the Open Door Clinic Pharmacy Program.

Community Health Services of Union County, Inc., Monroe, NC - $5,000 to purchase supplies for the Diabetes Free Clinic and Wellness Program.

Families First of the Greater Seacoast, Portsmouth, NH - $6,000 in support of the Health Care for Low-Income Children Program, which addresses the need for high-quality health care for low-income children. 

Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH - $5,000 in support of the Med for Manchester program, increasing access to medications to clients with chronic illnesses.

Catholic Charities: Diocese of Metuchen, Perth Amboy, NJ - $10,000 to fund lab and medication assistance for low-income patients for the St. John's Health and Family Service Center program.

Boat People SOS (BPSOS), Pennsauken, NJ - $5,000 in support of the Health Awareness and Promotion Program, enabling Vietnamese in Camden County to improve their health and wellness through health programs, social interaction and patient navigation.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation, Neptune, NJ - $5,000 to purchase medical supplies for the Dental Care for the Uninsured program.

Women's Health & Counseling Center, Inc, Somerville, NJ - $5,000 to purchase medical supplies for the Health Care Services Program.

Millhill Child & Family Development Center, Trenton, NJ - $4,500 to purchase medical supplies for the Millhill Medical Home Link Program.

Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, Inc., (BHSC), Buffalo, NY - $3,000 in support of the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, Inc. Mobile Screening Program, providing community-based hearing screening tests to needy individuals who do not have access to routine doctor visits and preventative screening.

Children's Health Fund, New York, NY - $10,000 in support of the NY Children's Health Project's NYCHP mobile health clinic, which provides high-quality health care services to family homeless shelters across the city via mobile medical clinics and a mobile dental clinic.

University Hospitals Health System, Inc., Chardon, OH - $4,000 to purchase audiometers for the "I Can't Hear You" Community Hearing Screening Program.

North Coast Health Ministry, Lakewood, OH - $5,000 in support of the Medical Supply Assistance Program, giving medical supplies to patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. 

Achievement Centers for Children, Highland Hills, OH - $2,500 to purchase equipment and speech therapy educational items for the Therapy Equipment for Children with Disabilities Program.

University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH - $5,000 in support of the Pregnancy Outcomes and Empowering Women Program, providing prenatal care to young women with multiple barriers to care.

Maternity Care Coalition, Philadelphia, PA - $12,500 in support of the MOMobile Program, connecting pregnant women and new moms to prenatal care, pediatric and women’s health care, behavioral health services, nutrition programs, education, public assistance and other vital community resources

Chester County Community Dental Center, Coatesville, PA - $7,500 in support of the Clinical Dental Care Program, providing clinical dental services for underinsured adults and children.

Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., Arlington, VA - $5,000 to purchase supplies for the Dental Supplies for Healthy Smiles Program for low-income and uninsured individuals in Northern Virginia.

About BJ’s Charitable Foundation

BJ’s Charitable Foundation was established with the mission to enrich every community BJ’s Wholesale Clubs serve.  The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that primarily benefit the underprivileged in the area of basic needs (hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, education and health).  For more information about BJ’s Charitable Foundation, please visit, www.bjs.com/charity