BJ’s Charitable Foundation Commits $748,550 to 114 Charitable Organizations to Support Self Sufficiency, Education, Hunger Prevention and Health Care

Funds for Organizations in Communities across BJ’s Wholesale Club’s 15-state Footprint

May 06, 2013 - (Westborough, MA) – Today, BJ’s Charitable Foundation announced a donation of $748,550 to 114 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.

“We believe that we are a part of every community in which we have a club,” said Jessica Newman, Executive Director for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “Because of that belief, we have a vested interest in addressing the very real problems of hunger prevention, education, self sufficiency and healthcare that many of our communities deal with.”

Since its inception in 2005, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated over $16 million to nearly 1,900 community organizations. The noted organizations receiving grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation submitted proposals in January, April and July of 2012. All recipients are 50001(c)3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.

Self Sufficiency

Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs, Southington, CT: $5,000 to provide financial assistance to qualified families so children can participate in the Y through the Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency Program.

Network Against Domestic Abuse of North Central Connecticut, Inc., Enfield, CT: $5,000 in support of the Tracey Thurman Shelter, provides emergency safe housing and support services to battered women and their children.

Thames River Community Service, Inc., Norwich, CT: $10,000 to support the Thames River Family program, which provides a safe environment for formerly homeless women to pursue goals of self-sufficiency, independence from public assistance, and effective parenting skills.

Covenant to Care Inc., Bloomfield, CT: $6,000 in support of the Critical Goods Program and The Children's Enrichment Fund, which responds to the needs of families who are at-risk of losing their children, or who are being reunified with their children and must have certain tangible goods before that can happen, such as beds, cribs, and household items.

Children & Families First Delaware Inc., Wilmington, DE: $2,500 to purchase clothing and school uniforms for children, pack and plays and provide funds for rent and utility assistance (or the Children and Families Special Fund program.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc., North Fort Myers, FL: $5,000 in support of the Job Link Centers program, which provides clients with the tools and skills training needed to prepare for employment.

YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Inc., Marietta, GA: $5,000 to support the YWCA Family Violence Program, which provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and supportive services inclusive of case management, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, transportation and financial assistance for childcare, health care, housing deposits, education and employment training.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc., Decatur, GA: $7,500 in support of the Family House, which helps families with multiple barriers to stability by offering interim housing, emotional support, case management, financial counseling, and connections to other resources.

Our House, Inc., Decatur, GA: $10,000 to support the Family Advocacy program, which helps parents acquire the skills and resources needed to overcome their homelessness by creating goals in the areas of housing, employment, education, and parenting.

Ruth's House, Inc., Haverhill, MA: $5,000 to purchase clothing and support of the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the Coordinator of the Up With Clothing program. 

Franklin County DIAL SELF Inc., Greenfield, MA: $4,200 to provide weekend on-call coverage for the TeenLine program.

Interseminarian-Project Place, Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 in support of Betty's Place, which helps support homeless women moving from the emergency shelter system to independent living.

Mission of Deeds, Inc., Reading, MA: $12,500 to support the 2013 Beds Campaign program, which provides basic necessities such as beds, furniture, and household items for families who are unable to afford such household items after paying for shelter and food.

CASPAR, Cambridge, MA: $5,000 in support of the ACCESS Transitional program, which helps newly sober homeless men and women serve as a critical link between the streets, treatment and long-term recovery for individuals with a history of homelessness and substance use disorders.

United Cerebral Palsy Association of Berkshire County, Inc., Pittsfield, MA: $4,000 to support the Basic Skills/Life Skill training program, which provides individual and small group training to clients to promote self-sufficiency.

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc., Boston, MA: $12,500 in support of the Skills for Success Program, which helps unemployed women in shelters and transitional programs develop the skills to achieve self-sufficiency.

Legal Aid Bureau Inc., Baltimore, MD: $5,000 to support the Social Work and Law Partnership program, which helps clients achieve self-sufficiency by addressing the systemic issues that clients face when they arrive at Legal Aid.

Community Crisis Services, Inc., Hyattsville, MD: $5,000 in support of the Warm Nights Hypothermia Shelter program, which provides emergency shelter from the cold, as well as case management to help clients find sustainable solutions to their homelessness.

Housing Opportunities Community Partners, Inc., Kensington, MD: $5,000 to support the Housing Counseling Plus program, which helps homeless families transition successfully into permanent housing by assisting them with move-in expenses.

StepUp Ministry, Raleigh, NC: $5,000 in support of the StepUp's Job Friends program, which provides job placement and advancement services, as well as academic and vocational training opportunities, for low-income individuals.

Hope Haven, Inc., Charlotte, NC: $10,000 to support the Job Readiness Project, which provides job training to clients, helping them to obtain and maintain employment.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties, Inc., Morristown, NJ: $5,000 to purchase manuals and supplies for the CASA Volunteer Training Program participants.

Family Guidance Center Corporation, Hamilton, NJ: $5,000 in support of the Economic Crisis Emergency Fund, which helps prevent homelessness by avoiding lease violations, eviction proceedings, and by supporting permanent housing solutions for clients.

United States Catholic Conference Catholic Family & Community Service, Paterson, NJ: $5,000 to support the Emergency Services/CSS program, which provides homeless prevention services for low-incoME: minority individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship and have no other resources.

Family Promise of Hunterdon County, Inc., Flemington, NJ: $4,500 in support of the Moving Up program, which helps ensure successful transitions from shelter to permanent housing.

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Auburn, NY: $7,500 to support the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, which provides residential and non-residential services for victims of domestic violence and their children in Cayuga County.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Cleveland, OH: $5,000 to purchase bus passes for the Lakeside Emergency Men's Shelter program.

Lakewood Community Services Center, Lakewood, OH: $5,000 in support of the Emergency Services program, which provides basic needs assistance and resource and referral services to allow individuals to move toward greater self sufficiency.

Bucks County Housing Group, Inc., Langhorne, PA: $5,000 to provide families in the Penndel and Morrisville Supportive Housing program with funds for public transportation, car repairs, and daycare.

Career Wardrobe, Philadelphia, PA: $10,000 to support the Dressing and Image Consultation program, which provides necessary attire and image consultation needed for women to transition into the workforce, beginning with the interview process.

Project Mend-A-House, Inc., Manassas, VA: $6,000 to purchase materials and supplies needed to complete safety repairs and home modifications for physically and financially challenged seniors, disabled, veterans, and low-income clients in the Promoting Self Sufficiency and Independence program.

ForKids, Inc., Norfolk, VA: $7,600 in support of the Haven House, which provides emergency shelter, food, clothing, and support services for families with children who are homeless.

CARITAS, Richmond, VA: $5,000 to support the Family Focus program, which provides shelter and case management services for families.


Caroline House, Inc., Bridgeport, CT: $8,000 in support of the Mother and Child Literacy Program, which serves to empower low-income women and children through education in English language and life skills. 

Literacy Volunteers of Central CT: New Britain, CT: $4,500 to support the Adult Literacy Tutoring for Parents program, which includes adult literacy tutoring, parent education, and training to help parents increase literacy in the home.

Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition, Delray Beach, FL: $5,000 in support of the Village Readers Family Education program; which serves children, their parents and other adults living in the neighborhood who seek to improve their literacy skills.

Junior Achievement of South Florida, Inc., Coconut Creek, FL: $5,000 to support the JA Money Camp 5-day educational program; which allows campers to experience real life in a simulated environment, learning about work & financial challenges adults face, utilizing experiential: hands-on, learn-by-doing activities to reinforce the concepts. 

Hillsborough Education Foundation, Inc., Tampa, FL: $10,000 in support of the Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools; which ensures that students in Hillsborough County have the basic tools for learning and literacy.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc., Fort Myers, FL: $5,000 to support the School-based One to One Mentoring, which provides support professional support services to disadvantaged children.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Inc., Miami, FL: $3,500 in support of the Project Learn program, which is an effective after-school program that challenges local youth to become self-learners.

Literacy for Youth Foundation, Atlanta, GA: $5,000 to support the Road to Success program, which provides free tutoring to underperforming and low income students, grades K – 12.

Communities United, Inc., Waltham, MA: $5,000 in support of the Waltham Creative Start program, which ensures that the educational, social, health and nutritional needs of all children are met.

Research Institute for Learning and Development, Inc., Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to support the SMARTS Leadership & Mentoring Program, which helps students initiate a positive cycle in which they are empowered to make the effort to use strategies effectively, resulting in academic gains.

Programs For People, Inc., Framingham, MA: $5,000 in support of the Project Advance Employment Placement program, which helps low-income adults in the Metro West area whose work experience has been interrupted by mental illness.

Generations Incorporated, Revere, MA: $7,500 to provide literacy support to Revere Public School students who read below grade level.

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Boston, MA: $5,000 to help build confidence, improve academic achievement and educational expectations, and reduce risk-taking behaviors.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro West, Marlborough, MA: $7,500 in support of the Power Hour program, which provides after-school homework help and tutoring with incentives for successful completion.

Spurwink Services, Portland, ME: $5,000 to support the Compass Project; which uses boatbuilding and rowing to integrate hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning with teaching life and job skills.

Boys & Girls Club of Vineland, Vineland, NJ: $7,500 in support of the Power Hour; which provides members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their homework.

Pajama Program, Inc., New York, NY: $5,000 to support the Pajama Program Reading Centers; which provides new pajamas, books and reading sessions with groups of children in need.

Jewish Council of Yonkers Inc., Yonkers, NY: $5,000 in support of three intergenerational reading programs both during the school year and throughout the summer.

East Coast Assistance Dogs, Inc., Dobbs Ferry, NY: $2,500 to support the ECADemy program that helps children and teens with emotional: behavioral and learning problems.

Harlem Academy, New York, NY: $15,000 in support of the Harlem’s Academy Mentoring program, which helps middle school students work on decision-making, communication, self-reflection, and academic goals.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc., Albany, NY: $10,000 to support the Start School Success program based at college campuses.

Charter School for Applied Technologies, Buffalo, NY: $5,000 in support of the Financial Literacy program, which provides hands-on, real world financial literacy information.

York County Literacy Council, York, PA: $7,500 to support the English as a Second Language program, which helps adults learn to read, write, speak, and understand practical English, emphasizing workplace, financial and health literacy, as well as building cultural competency skills

Children's Friend and Service, Providence, RI: $7,500 to purchase medical equipment and supplies for the Head Start program to ensure children's health, wellness, and safety.

Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians, Providence, RI: $5,000 in support of the Empowerment through Education Program, which helps students alleviate from poverty, empower them to engage in mainstream culture, ensure access to social services, and become self-sufficient.

City Year Rhode Island, Providence, RI: $7,500 to support the Whole School Whole Child program, which works with 6th grade students with dropout early warning indicators of low attendance, poor behavior and course failure in math and English.

Homefront Health Care, Providence, RI: $10,000 in support of the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training and Career Ladder Program, which provides classroom instruction and experiential learning.


Hebron Interfaith Human Services, Hebron, CT: $5,000 to purchase food for the Food Purchase Program.

Person-to-Person, Darien, CT: $5,000 to purchase food for the Person-to-Person Emergency Assistance Program.

Youth Challenge of Greater Hartford, Hartford, CT: $2,700 in support of the Love Kitchen program, which provides a monthly meal for hungry women, men, and children.

Jewish Family Service of New Haven, Inc., New Haven, CT: $5,000 to support the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides emergency, supplemental and holiday food to poor, vulnerable and at-risk families.

Catholic Charities Inc., Wilmington, DE: $7,500 in support of the Catholic Charities Food Distribution Program, which provides emergency food pantries and food cooperative clubs.

The Cooperative Feeding Program, Inc. dba LifeNet4Families, Lauderhill, FL: $10,000 to supply the Emergency Food programs with peanut butter, fresh produce, dairy & the packaging supplies needed to prepare and distribute these food boxes.

Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, Inc., Jacksonville, FL: $12,500 in support of the Mobile Pantry Distribution Program, which provides food pantry service without the burden of transportation.

Food For Life Network, Inc., Miami, FL: $5,000 to support the Food Bank Groceries program, which provides weekly bags of groceries specially assembled to meet the needs of low-income people with HIV/AIDS.

Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc., Fort Myers, FL: $5,000 in support of the School Pantry Program, which provides choice food pantries embedded at schools.

Jubilee Center of South Broward, Hollywood, FL: $7,500 to support the Jubilee Feeding program, which is a soup kitchen serving homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida, Inc., Sanford, FL: $5,000 in support of the Loaves & Fishes program, which provides three nutritious meals a day, seven days a week, to residents of shelters.

Halifax Urban Ministries, Inc., Daytona Beach, FL: $5,000 to support the Feed a Family program, which provides food packages to families living in poverty.

Norcross Cooperative Ministry, Norcross, GA: $5,000 in support of the Emergency Food Program, which provides a one-week supply of food to low income and homeless families.

Women's Lunch Place, Boston, MA: $5,000 to purchase food, kitchen supplies, and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the Kitchen Coordinator for the Meals Program.

The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc., Dorchester, MA: $15,000 to purchase food for the Kids Cafe Program.

Rosie's Place, Inc., Boston, MA: $15,000 in support of the Food Programs for Women & Children at Rosie's Place, which serves a nutritious lunch and dinner to poor and homeless women and their children.

Cooperative Elder Services, Inc., Arlington, MA: $2,100 to purchase food for the Elder Hot Meals programs.

Franklin County Home Care Corporation, 30 towns Turners Falls, MA: $5,000 to support the Meals on Wheels for Homebound Elders, which delivers meals to homebound elders.

Lovin' Spoonfuls Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 in support of the Lovin's Spoonfuls Food Rescue program, which is a direct distribution system that picks up perishable food from donors and delivers it to local soup shelters, soup kitchens and crisis centers.

StandUp For Kids, Worcester, MA: $4,400 to support the StandUp For Kids Backpack Program, which distributes backpacks to homeless and at-risk students filled with healthy supplemental food items before weekends and school vacations.

Father Bill's & Mainspring Inc., Brockton, MA: $15,000 in support of the Table Community Lunch Program, which provides free home-cooked lunches to those in need six days a week.

HRCA Housing for the Elderly, Inc., Revere, MA: $5,000 to support the Jack Satter House Meal Program, which provides residents of the low-income senior residency with a hot, nutritious dinner Monday through Friday.

HRCA Housing for the Elderly, Randolph, MA: $5,000 in support of the Hunger Relief for Vulnerable Seniors program, which allows residents to purchase meals at a reduced price, allowing them a consistent, nutritious food source.

Community Action Council of Howard County, Columbia, MD: $5,000 to support the Howard County Food Bank program and community garden, which provides needy families visiting the Food Bank with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Corona Self Help Center, Inc., Elmhurst, NY: $7,500 in support of the Community Residence program, which provides food, shelter and clothing to individuals and families in need of substance use disorder services, and underprivileged communities.

FOCUS Churches of Albany Inc., Albany, NY: $7,500 to purchase food for the FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry program.

Foodlink, Inc., Rochester, NY: $12,500 to purchase food for the Food Assistance and Hunger Prevention program.

Kingsborough Community College Foundation, Brooklyn, NY: $5,000 to purchase food for the KCC Food For Thought Pantry Program.

Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc., Cortland, NY: $5,000 to support the Snack Packs for Kids program, which provides backpacks filled with healthy food items for school children in Cortland County.

Iris House A Center for Woman Living with HIV, Inc., New York, NY: $10,000 in support of the Iris House Food and Nutrition program, which provides a nutritious lunch prepared on-site every weekday and offer several nutrition and cooking classes each week to help clients learn to manage challenges for people living with HIV.

Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY: $12,500 to support the Stocking Our Shelves program, which offers vital food pantry services to at-risk clients of JCC Canarsie. 

Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services, Avon Lake, OH: $5,000 to provide for the nutritional needs of residents seeking assistance due to food insecurity issues.

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, Philadelphia, PA: $10,000 in support of the Home Delivered Meals for People with Life-Threatening Diseases program, which distributes medically appropriate meals to people who are unable to prepare meals themselves.

Washington Park Citizens' Association, Inc., Providence, RI: $7,500 to support the Emergency Food Pantry, which provides emergency food supplies for at-risk residents. 

United Community Ministries, Alexandria, VA: $10,000 to purchase food for the Meeting Basic Needs program.


Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT: $7,500 to support the Safe Kids Car Seat / Bicycle Helmet Initiative program, which hosts car seat safety clinics and bicycle safety fairs that provide infant/child seats and bicycle helmets to economically challenged families.

Community Coalition on Homelessness Corporation, Bradenton, FL: $5,000 in support of the Project Smile program, which provides dental assistance to support those who are uninsured.

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, West Palm Beach, FL: $5,000 to support the Free Epilepsy & Seizure Clinics for uninsured and indigent persons with epilepsy.

Dade County Dental Research Clinic, Miami, FL: $10,000 to purchase dental supplies and lab materials for the Expanding Access to Care program.

Camillus Health Concern, Miami, FL: $5,000 in support of the Health for the Homeless Program, which provides a primary care medical home for homeless persons, providing integrated, multidisciplinary health resources and services.

Luz Del Mundo, Oakland Park, FL: $7,500 to support the Salud Ayuda Free Health Care & Prevention Outreach Program, which reduces disparities in healthcare, provides health education, and reduces language/transportation barriers to health care.

Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $5,000 in support of the Safety Net Clinic, which provides preventative and primary healthcare to men and women.

Steppingstone, Incorporated, Fall River, MA: $3,750 to support the First Step Inn, which provides emergency shelter and services that promote health, including the Back to Health Nutrition Program.

Southcoast Hospitals Group Inc. New Bedford, MA: $5,000 in support of the Mobile Health Screening Van program, which is staffed by health professionals who conduct on-board screenings including tests for high blood pressure, cancer, bone density, abnormal blood sugar and cholesterol.

ConKerr Cancer-A Case for Smiles, Greater Boston Area, MA: $5,000 to support the Case for Smiles program, which provides a cheery pillowcase to children in the hospital receiving cancer treatments. 

Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA: $15,000 in support of the Cancer Care Services, which educates diverse populations of women in need of mammograms; make on-the-spot appointments at BMC or an affiliated community health center; and screen for barriers and assign patient navigators to women in need.

International Institute of Boston Inc., Lowell, MA: $5,000 to support the Medical Case Management Program delivers targeted case management services to individuals and families with medically complex needs.

HealthQuest of Union County, Inc., Monroe, NC: $4,800 to purchase generic medication and diabetic testing supplies for the Medication Assistance for the Uninsured Community Program.

The Child Center of NY: Flushing, NY: $5,000 in support of the Better Health Project, which helps impoverished 2-year old children in a full-time childcare program that prepares them to succeed in school.

Area Agency on Aging 10b, Inc., Uniontown, OH: $5,000 to purchase weight scales for the Transitions Program for patients transitioning from the institutional to the community setting to help monitor their own health status.

Info Line, Inc., Akron, OH: $5,000 to support the MedAssist program, which helps uninsured, low-income Summit County residents access free and low-cost prescription medications and obtain a regular source of affordable primary care.

Easter Seals Northern Ohio, Akron, OH: $5,000 in support of the Easter Seals' Speech, Hearing & Vision Screening program, which is designed to identify potential communication problems in young children.

Southeast Asian MAA Coalition, Inc., Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to support the Asian Women's Health Program, which provides small-group education sessions on women’s health needs, and assists medically underserved women to access free women’s health screenings at partner medical providers.

Arlington Free Clinic, Inc., Arlington, VA: $7,500 in support of the Pharmacy Services as Part of Safety Net Medical Care program, which provides necessary medications to underinsured or uninsured clients.

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,