BJs Announces the donation of more than $750,000 to 108 nonprofits
In Support of Local Organizations that Provide Hunger Prevention, Self Sufficiency, Healthcare and Educational aid, BJ’s Announces the donation of more than $750,000 to 108 nonprofits
Oct.15, 2013 - (Westborough, MA) – Today BJ’s Charitable Foundation announced a donation of $754,220 to 108 nonprofit organizations in the 15 states where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located. Established in 2005 with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities BJ’s serves, the mission of BJ’s Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. The donated funds will be dispersed to organizations that focus in four areas: hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, health care and education.
In the area of education, BJ’s Charitable Foundation will support 30 nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. The foundation will donate more than $180,000 to purchase supplies for literacy skills and assist with mentoring, tutoring and career development programs.
Eighteen organizations that provide healthcare services to individuals and families that would not normally have access to healthcare will receive more than $135,000.The funds will help supply medical clinics and aid in costs for health prevention services, prescription co pays and supplies for various health screenings.
BJ’s Charitable Foundation will donate $308,500 to 39 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 living with and suffering from hunger.
Twenty-one nonprofits that provide temporary or emergency services to those who have the goal of becoming independent members of society will receive $127,500. The grants will enhance shelter programs; provide funds to purchase supplies, clothing and personal hygiene products for residents and fund programs that offer families a temporary and safe shelter.
“BJ’s Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the lives of those who need a little extra help,” said Jessica Newman, Executive Director for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “These donations will assist thousands of individuals and families, resulting in a better community for us all.”
Since its inception, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated more than $18 million to nearly 2,100 community organizations. The noted organizations receiving grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation submitted proposals in July 2013. All recipients are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.
- Read to Grow, Inc., Branford, CT: $7,500 to purchase books and packet materials and for additional books, informational materials, and postage for the Books for Babies-Building Literacy from Birth Program.
- American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, CT: $5,000 to fund the purchase of reading materials such as textbooks, leveled readers, and teachers' manuals for deaf/hard of hearing students in the comprehensive Literacy Initiative Program
- The BRIDGE Family Center, West Hartford, CT: $5,000 to pay for curriculum-related enrichment activities including field trips, Children's Museum Educators, Drama, and Yoga and Dance for the Super Adventures in Learning Program.
- Manatee County Girls Club Inc., Bradenton, FL: $5,000 to provide three sets of After School Kidz-Lit and Kidz-Math curriculum for the Girls Stepping Up to Success Program.
- PS Youth Outreach Center, Inc., Lauderdale Lakes, FL: $4,600 to purchase internet curriculum, seven laptops, tutoring materials and art supplies for the 2013-2014 school year of the M.O.R.E. Program.
- Family Resource Center of South Florida, Miami, FL: $5,000 to purchase materials foster children need for school including backpacks, pencils, scissors, notebook paper, scientific calculators, etc. for the Back to School On-Track Program.
- Academy Prep Foundation, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL: $5,000 to purchase curriculum supplies, enrichment supplies and 15 days' worth of snacks for 280 students for the 11th Month Program.
- Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc., Tampa, FL: $10,000 to pay for volunteer recruitment, orientation, and training, placement, travel reimbursement, recognition, and background screenings for the Bridging Generations through Literacy Program.
- South County Family YMCA, Inc., Venice, FL: $5,000 to purchase books for the YMCA READS Program.
- Mercy Housing Southeast (MHSE), Atlanta, GA: $5,000 to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salaries of two Resident Services Coordinators for the Youth Resident Services Program.
- Jumpstart for Young Children, Atlanta, GA: $7,500 to provide books for 700 children from low-income neighborhoods participating in the Jumpstart Atlanta Program.
- Reader to Reader, Inc.,Amherst, MA: $5,000 to provide books for the Read, Think, Share Program.
- Friends of the Children – Boston, Boston, MA: $10,000 to pay for program materials and supplies, snacks, 5 MBTA passes, and a direct-service program-related portion salaries for Friends of the Children - Boston
- Bottom Line, Jamaica Plain, MA: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of one Worcester Success Program counselor salary and purchase one counselor laptop.
- Merrimack Valley Young Men’s Christian Association., Lawrence, MA: $5,000 to provide program supplies and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of teachers for the Merrimack Valley YMCA Adelante Education Center Program.
- Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Lawrence, MA: $10,000 to purchase food and beverages for kick-off meetings; curriculum supplies; printing and copying costs of MCAS materials; to transport students to and from weekly mentoring sessions; and for a program-related, direct-service portion of the Match Coordinator for the Stand & Deliver Program.
- Sociedad Latina Inc., Roxbury, MA: $7,500 to purchase STEM robotics resource kits, learning materials, and technological supplies for the Mission Enrichment Program.
- YMCA of Greater Springfield, Springfield, MA: $5,000 to purchase transportation tokens and fuel for the program van of the Y-AIM Teen Program.
- Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, Concord, NC: $5,000 to purchase supplies, food for Healthy Habits activities; and the cost of space to implement the Healthy Habits/Triple Play Program.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Inc., Morrisville, NC: $5,000 to pay for the recruiting, screening, training and matching mentors with children, purchase program supplies and activities, and background checks and liability insurance for the BBBST Expands School-Based Mentoring Services to Fayetteville, NC, Area Program.
- Children's Aid and Family Services, Inc., Paramus, NJ: $8,000 to fund program supplies, magazine subscriptions and professional tutoring services for formerly abused and neglected children with special needs living in foster care for the Educational Supports and Advocacy Program.
- All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation, Hoboken, NY: $5,000 to support a portion of the cost of engaging two part-time certified teachers to provide afterschool academic instruction to low-income, struggling students (grades K-6) through the Jubilee Center Children's Program.
- ENACT, Inc., New York, NY: $7,500 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of teaching artist staff salary, program supplies, snacks, transportation tokens and postage and printing for the ENACT Dropout Prevention Program.
- MercyFirst, Syosset, NY: $5,000 to purchase food for the MercyFirst Advantage after School Program.
- Thea Bowman House, Utica NY: $5,000 to purchase a television, wall mount, projector, screen, printer, headphones and speakers, and 20 desks and 15 chairs for the Kids with Promise Teen Program.
- Careers for People with Disabilities, Inc., Valhalla, NY: $7,500 to pay for salaries for staff who teach classes and provide direct services such as job placement, on-the-job training and follow-along support to assure long-term success and costs to update and/or purchase materials for the Workforce Readiness, Placement and Training Program.
- America SCORES Cleveland, Cleveland, OH: $3,000 to fund educational supplies and food for snacks for the After-School Health and Literacy Program.
- Lehigh Valley Children's Centers, Inc., Allentown, PA: $4,000 to fund the cost of educational in-class presentations, field trip admissions and bus rentals for low-income elementary students attending LVCC's Summer Enrichment Program.
- Chester County Futures, Inc., Exton, PA: $5,500 to purchase two computers for a Mobile Computer Lab and 419 curriculum-based books for the Futures AHEAD and Passport to College Programs.
- The Stone Garage, Inc., Kennett Square, PA: $9,700 to pay for Criminal, FBI and Child Abuse background checks for 100 volunteers serving as tutors and mentors and transporting 15 students to The Garage After-School Program.
- Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective, Hartford, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the Medical Service Coordinator, laboratory fees and medical supplies and general office supplies for the Sexual Health Clinic.
- Cancer Support Community Delaware, Wilmington, DE: $2,320 to fund the purchase of three iPads, the expenses for staff members who are trained in the resource tool to travel to rural Kent and Essex Counties and urban Wilmington, DE, for four months and the cost of flyers to promote the Your Journey, Your Support Program.
- Brandon Outreach Clinic, Brandon, FL: $5,000 to provide appropriate health care to uninsured patients at the clinic.
- Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Inc., Orlando, FL: $15,000 to purchase medical supplies and equipment for the Free Medical Clinics Program.
- Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Mashpee, MA: $10,000 to fund the direct service, program-related salary of a psychiatrist and mental health counselor who offer counseling, support groups, & psychiatric care and to subsidize the cost of mental health related prescription medications.
- Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc., Methuen, MA: $5,000 to fund payment of prescription medication co-payments through the Prescription Drug Assistance Care Pool Program.
- Salem Mission, Inc., Salem, MA: $10,000 to purchase medical supplies including bandages, prescriptions and other triage items as well as pay the direct service, program-related portion for a nurse salary for the Medical Clinic Program.
- Partners In Care Maryland, Inc., Pasadena, MD: $7,500 to pay for mileage reimbursement for volunteer drivers to compensate for the costs of providing transportation to medical appointments for seniors in the Critical Medical Access for Elderly, Frail, and Financially-Disadvantaged Seniors: Door-to-Door Caring Transportation Services Across Maryland Counties Program.
- Child Advocacy Center, Inc., Fayetteville, NC: $5,000 to provide 200 child abuse prevention books and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the Prevention/Volunteer Coordinator for the Community Child Abuse Prevention Services Program.
- Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ: $14,500 to pay for medical equipment for the Center for Healthcare Access for Children Everywhere Program.
- Women's Health & Counseling Center, Inc., Somerville, NJ: $7,500 to purchase medical supplies and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salaries of the Medical Doctor and Nurse Practitioner for the Healthcare Services Program.
- Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc., Bay Shore, NY: $5,000 to purchase HIV testing and education supplies and to pay for palm cards and the maintenance of an e-communications system for the LIGALY Project OUT: HIV/AIDS Outreach, Understanding, and Testing Program.
- Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Buffalo, NY: $10,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the Community Outreach Assistant for the Buffalo/Niagara Witness Project Program.
- Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc., Canton, OH: $5,000 to purchase diabetic supplies for the Access to the Healing Power of Diabetic Education and Medication Program.
- Western Stark Free Clinic, Inc., Massillon, OH: $5,000 to provide medical, dental, educational and office supplies for the Free Clinic Program.
- Arlington Pediatric Center, Inc. (APC), Arlington, VA: $5,000 to purchase prescription medications for 250 children with acute and chronic health conditions.
- Children's Health Investment Program, Chesapeake, VA: $11,600 to fund travel expenses for 6 parent educators and 3 registered nurses for in-home visits to provide parent education and early intervention services to low-income families with young children through the Home Visitation - Based Case Management/Parents as Teachers Program.
- Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services, Goochland, VA: $7,500 to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of a medical/nursing assistant in the Health Care Program.
- Community Soup Kitchen, New Haven, CT: $5,000 to purchase food for the Lunch and Breakfast Programs.
- Connecticut Food Bank, Inc., New Haven, CT: $15,000 to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for the Fresh Produce Initiative Program.
- Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, Inc., Waterbury, CT: $4,000 to purchase food and to pay the program-related portion of staff salaries for the Soup Kitchen and Emergency Food Pantry Program.
- Thrive DC, Washington, DC $10,000 to purchase food, and disposable plates, cups, flatware, and kitchen utensils for the Daily Bread/Daily Needs Program.
- Community Foundation of East Central Florida Inc., Deland, FL: $5,000 to purchase food for the Feed Our Neighbors Program.
- Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Fort Myers, FL: $11,000 to purchase food, pay transportation costs and fund the program-related salary for Driver/Warehouse staff through the Produce Mobile Pantries Program.
- Cross Road Food Bank, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL: $12,500 to provide food, fuel for delivery trucks, repairs and maintenance of delivery trucks and to pay a portion of the salary of the truck driver/client coordinator that picks up the food for the Food Distribution Program.
- Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL: $15,000 to provide non-perishable food for the emergency food pantry and to fund direct service permanent and temporary staff for the JFCS Emergency Food Pantry program.
- The Christian Sharing Center, Inc., Longwood, FL: $5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Family Assistance Program.
- Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Inc., North Miami, FL: $7,500 to purchase food for the Kosher Food Bank Program.
- Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Framingham, MA: $3,500 to purchase food for the Healthy Harvest/Weekend Nutrition Program.
- The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry Inc., Gloucester, MA: $7,500 to provide food and fuel for the Expanded Fruits and Vegetable Campaign to Connect People in Need to Good Food Program.
- Community Servings, Inc., Jamaica Plain, MA: $7,500 to purchase food for The Individuals and Families Affected by Critical Illness Nutrition Program.
- Groundwork Lawrence, Inc., Lawrence, MA: $3,500 to supply food, utensils, and food storage for the Healthy Food Access Program.
- Lazarus House Incorporated, Lawrence, MA: $10,000 to provide food, kitchen supplies, fuel and truck maintenance, utilities, and program-related salary for the Food Coordinator in the Opening Doors Out of Poverty Through Food Program.
- Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc., Malden, MA: $10,000 to provide food and pay for food storage for the Senior Nutrition Outreach Program.
- South Shore Community Action Council, Inc., Plymouth, MA: $12,500 to supply 5-shelf, wire shelving/food storage units, fuel for monthly food deliveries, warehouse occupancy costs, and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the part-time Operation Specialist for the Food Resources Program- Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse.
- Interfaith Social Services, Quincy, MA: $9,000 to purchase food and services for the Pantry Shelf Program.
- Health and Social Services Consortium, Inc., Sharon, MA: $7,000 to purchase food for the HESSCO Elder Services' Nutrition Program.
- Jewish Family & Children's Service, Inc., Waltham, MA: $10,000 to purchase perishable foods for the Family Table Program.
- Adopt A Block, Inc., Baltimore, MD: $5,000 to provide a generator to supply electricity for a walk-in freezer and walk-in refrigerator during power outages for the A Can Can Make A Difference Food Distribution Program.
- Paul’s Place, Inc., Baltimore, MD: $5,000 to purchase food and supplies for the Hot Lunch and Emergency Food Assistance Program.
- Volunteers of America Northern New England, Brunswick, ME: $5,000 to purchase food for the Food Pantry for Elderly Program.
- New Beginnings, Inc., Lewiston, ME: $5,000 to purchase a commercial-grade dishwasher/sanitizer and a refrigerator, serving supplies, and food for the New Beginnings Outreach for Homeless Youth Program.
- Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough, ME: $10,000 to purchase food for the Meals on Wheels Program.
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Raleigh, NC: $10,000 to provide food to help approximately 1,700 additional children and for transportation costs associated with the Childhood Hunger Solutions program.
- New Horizons For New Hampshire Inc., Manchester, NH: $4,500 to purchase food for the Soup Kitchen Program.
- New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Manchester, NH: $12,500 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Purchase Program.
- Interfaith Food Pantry Inc., Morris Plains, NJ: $5,000 to purchase milk for the Fresh Milk For Families Program.
- Elijah's Promise, New Brunswick, NJ: $5,000 to purchase food for the Community Soup Kitchen Program.
- Pass It Along, Sparta, NJ: $7,500 to purchase food for the Cooking with a Mission Program.
- City Harvest, Inc., New York, NY: $10,000 In support of the Emergency Food Program which helps rescue and deliver more than 46 million pounds of food.
- Concerned for the Hungry, Scotia, NY: $5,000 to purchase food for the Thanksgiving Food Basket Program.
- Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, Yorktown HTS, NY: $2,500 to fund the growth of fresh produce for the Food Pantry Support Program.
- Monroe County Meals on Wheels, Inc., Stroudsburg, PA: $3,500 to purchase food for the Emergency Bag Program.
- Meals On Wheels of Rhode Island, Inc., Providence, RI: $7,500 to provide food, fuel, delivery expenses, office supplies, and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salaries of various program employees for the Home-Delivered Meal Program.
- Rhode Island Community Food Bank Association, Providence, RI: $15,000 to pay for the freight for the Food Acquisition- Freight & Value Added Processing Program.
- West Warwick Senior Center, Inc.,West Warwick, RI: $5,000 to provide supplies to assist 2,600 people including plates and gloves, food, and fuel for the delivery vehicle for the Senior Nutrition Meal Program.
- Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Norfolk, VA: $15,000 to purchase food for the BackPack Program.
- Covenant Shelter of New London, Inc., New London, CT: $3,000 to purchase food as part of the Hunger Prevention and Self-Sufficiency Program.
- Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, CT: $5,000 to fund a portion of the direct service, program-related salary for a SafeHouse Advocate position, who provides support, advocacy, counseling, safety planning, and educational services to individuals who have been impacted by domestic violence in the Domestic Violence Crisis Center SafeHouse Program.
- Brevard Rescue Mission, Cocoa, FL: $5,000 to purchase an 8 camera security system to safeguard the women and children in the Casa Carol: Safe Haven program.
- AYUDA INC., Miami Beach, FL: $4,500 to supply adult disposable diapers, clothing for senior citizens and children, and food assistance for clients served through the Parents Now and Here for You Programs.
- Children's Home Society of Florida, Palm Beach Division, West Palm Beach, FL: $5,000 to provide program-related, direct service salary support for a youth/child care worker position in the Transitions Home Program.
- CHRIS Kids, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $7,500 to supply hygiene, clothing, and child care items; classroom and school supplies; and transportation vouchers for youth in the TransitionZ Program.
- Atlanta Union Mission, Atlanta, GA: $10,000 to provide meals for The Shepherd's Inn and My Sister's House Shelters Program.
- The Center for Family Resources, Marietta, GA: $5,000 to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the Case Manager of the Direct Services Program.
- Housing Assistance Corporation, Hyannis, MA: $5,000 to fund a portion of the direct service, program-related salary for two prevention specialists who provide services for clients in the Project Prevention Program.
- The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Worcester, MA: $7,500 to purchase hygiene items, clothing, cribs, furniture, cleaning supplies, and gas and bus passes for the South County Housing Assistance Program.
- Womanspace, Lawrenceville, NJ: $14,000 to purchase food, cleaning supplies, diapers, facial and bathroom tissue, and bus tokens and rail passes for the Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter Program.
- The Retreat, Hauppauge, NY: $5,000 to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salaries of a Shelter Advocate ($2,500) and a Legal Advocate ($2,500) for the From Crisis to Stability to Self-Sufficiency Program.
- Options for Community Living, Inc., Smithtown, NY: $10,000 to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the Housing Case Manager for the Community Follow-up Affordable Housing for People with HIV/AIDS Program.
- Community Drug Board, Akron, OH: $3,000 to provide bus passes, personal care hygiene items, socks and underwear, baby supplies, and healthy snacks for women and children in the Women's Recovery Program.
- ACCESS, Inc., Akron, OH: $5,000 to provide sheets, towels, pillows, pillow cases, and blankets; diapers; and shoes, interview clothes, school clothing and sports equipment for ACCESS, Inc.'s Women and Children in Crisis Program.
- Neighborhood Alliance, Elyria, OH: $6,500 to purchase a new commercial cold buffet unit and warming cabinet for the Neighborhood Alliance Shelter and Emergency Services Program.
- Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA: $10,000 to provide direct service, program related salary support for a caseworker who will work directly with families living in five newly constructed apartments; and to purchase 8 bedbug-resistant beds for the Sixth Street Shelter Program.
- Community Action Program of Lancaster County, Lancaster, PA: $5,000 to supply work clothes and uniforms, bus passes, and bed/bath linens for the Domestic Violence Services Shelter Program.
- Calcutta House, Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to fund food/nutritional and therapeutic services and programs not totally funded by government and other private sources.
- Newport County Women's Resource Center, Newport, RI: $1,500 to purchase bus passes and pay for train and cab fares for the Supplies for Domestic Violence Shelter Program.
- Carpenter's Shelter, Inc., Alexandria, VA: $5,000 to provide direct service, program-related salary support for a case manager who provides counseling and referral services and employment or education assistance for clients, and to purchase program supplies for the Continuum of Care Program.
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