BJ's Charitable Foundation Contributes $431,000 to 70 Charitable Organizations to Help Support Education, Health Care, Hunger Prevention and Self-Sufficiency

April 8, 2014 - (Westborough, MA) – Earlier today BJ’s Charitable Foundation announced the donation of 70 grants totaling $431,000 to several different nonprofit organizations whose goals are to help improve the lives of local residents in the areas surrounding BJ’s Wholesale Clubs. The funds focus in on four main areas: healthcare, education, hunger prevention and self-sufficiency.

“We take pride in being able to give back through our Foundation,” said Jessica Newman, Executive Director for the BJ’s Charitable Organization. “It's an important part of our company's culture to support local non-profit organizations with programs that touch so many people in the communities we serve."

Since its inception in 2005, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated nearly $19 million to over 2,100 community organizations. All recipients are 501(c)3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.


Life Concepts, Inc., Orlando, FL: $2,500 to purchase six laptops for the Quest Project SEARCH Program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord, Concord, NH: $2,500 to purchase a renowned science program and to fund a portion of two direct service program related staff member salaries for the Project Learn Program.

Center for Supportive Schools, Inc., Princeton, NJ: $2,500 to provide meals for the 19th annual “Day of Learning” for Teen PEP, a school-based peer-to-peer education program that increases responsible decision-making among students around issues of sexual health.

Compass Mark, Inc., Lancaster, PA: $2,500 to fund attendance rewards for 1st and 5th grade students (150 children's books; 150 crayon sets and 300 notebooks) as well as 32 hours of tutoring for the Future Generations Youth Leadership Program.

Delaware Adolescent Program, Wilmington, DE: $2,900 to partially support the three summer teacher positions who assist students in recovering credits toward graduation at three statewide centers through the Pathways to College Program.

Sanctuary of Northeast Florida, Inc., Jacksonville, FL: $4,000 to fund a portion of the direct service, program related salary of the academic tutor as well as supplies and materials for the Sanctuary on 8th Street Academic Tutoring Program.

Mercy Center, Inc., Asbury Park, NJ: $5,000 for transportation to special events, high school visits, summer camp and other activities for 60 students in the Sisters Academy Program.

Gate City Day Nursery Association, Atlanta, GA: $5,000.00 to support direct service, program related teachers' salaries and to purchase supplies and materials for the Summer Program. 

Cape Cod Child Development Program, Inc., Hyannis, MA: $5,000 to fund curriculum development, materials, supplies for homework club, snacks as well as admissions to field trips and other supporting items for the After-School & Summer Camp School Age Program.

Inner-County Outreach, Inc., Aberdeen, MD: $5,000 to purchase supplies (printers, ink, food, science kits, tutor stipends, transportation and computer lab enhancements) for mentoring services of the ICO Education Department.

Business United in Investing Lending and Development, Boston, MA: $5,000 to provide food and academic supplies for the after-school College Access Program.

TSIC INC, Fort Lauderdale, FL: $5,000 to fund the program-related portion of the College Success Coach and Mentor Coordinator salaries for TSIC Broward's Project PROMISE: Providing Resources and Opportunities through Mentors, Investments, Scholarships and Enrichment.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield, Westfield, MA: $5,000 to support a portion of the Technology and Literacy Coordinator and certified Wilson Reading instructor’s salaries that are direct service, program related for the Power Hour/Wilson Reading Program.

B.E.L.L. Foundation, Dorchester, MA: $5,000 to provide curriculum supplies for under-served scholars in the BELL Summer 2014 Boston Program.

Impact Broward, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL: $7,500 to fund the cost of the stipend and travel reimbursement for foster grandparent volunteers at the Foster Grandparent Program to enable them to provide tutoring and mentoring to children ages 3-11 at risk of academic failure.

Junior Achievement of South Florida, Inc., Coconut Creek, FL: $7,500 to supply snacks, curriculum materials, supplies for "sellable" items, licensing fees and the direct service, program related portion of summer camp assistants for the JA BizTown Educational Summer Camp Program.

Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., Boston, PA: $7,500 to provide curriculum materials, books and art supplies for the Jumpstart Philadelphia Program.

The Literacy Project, Inc., Greenfield, MA: $7,500 to supply text books, GED prep guides, GED practice test software, student food, van rental and gas for student field trips for the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Career Pathways (CP) Programs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Inc., Marlborough, MA: $7,500 to fund the direct service, program related portion of salaries for three Education Instructors and to purchase educational materials and supplies for the Power Hour Homework Assistance Program.

Boys & Girls Club of Vineland, Vineland, NJ: $7,500 to purchase food, supplies, materials and to fund a portion of the direct service, program related salary of the program coordinator for the Club's Power Hour/Project Learn Program.

My Own Book Fund, Inc., New York, NY: $10,000 to supply books for third-grade students in three NYC public schools for the Promoting Literacy Among Economically Disadvantaged Children in Queens, New York Program. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc., Albany, NY: $10,000 to fund technology, background checks, and the direct service program related salary for the enrollment and match coordinator for the Mentoring for Education Success Program.

Reach Out and Read, Inc., Boston, CT: $12,500 to provide 4,500 developmentally appropriate books to children at regular pediatric checkups for the Connecticut Early Literacy Initiative Program.


MAB Community Services, Inc., Brookline, MA: $2,500 to fund the direct service, program-related portion for the salaries of a licensed optometrist and an occupational therapist, as well as the cost of magnification/adaptive devices for patients and stipends for drivers to transport patients for the Low Vision Clinic Care for Massachusetts Seniors Program.

Chester County Community Dental Center, Coatesville, PA: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of a clinical dentist in the Comprehensive Dental Care Program.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT: $5,000 to pay the direct service, program-related portion for the salaries of child passenger safety technicians and to pay for 66 car seats and 300 certified bicycle helmet for the Kids in Safety Seats (KISS-CT) and Bike Helmet Education and Distribution (BHED) Programs at Saint Francis.

Jewish Family & Career Services, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $7,500 to purchase dental supplies for the Ben Massell Dental Clinic Program.                                              

The Child Center of NY, Woodside, NY: $7,500 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salaries for a nurse practitioner and a nutritionist for the Better Health Project Program.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, MA: $10,000 to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of a physician who provides care to homeless families and to fund the equipment and supplies needed for two new family shelter-based primary care clinics for the Family Team: Shelter-Based Primary Care for Homeless Families Program.

Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA: $15,000 to provide mammograms and PSA testing for the Free Saturday Cancer Screening Event Program.


Hunger Prevention

Seven Hills Behavioral Health, Inc., Worcester, MA: $2,500 to supply food gift cards and ready-to-eat meals for the Food & Clothing Pantry Program.

Rockland Independent Living Center, New City, NY: $2,500 to purchase a refrigerator, four sets of steel shelves and food.

Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc., Buffalo, NY: $2,500 to purchase delivery bags for the Meal Delivery Bags Program.

Lowell Transitional Living Center, Lowell, MA: $2,500 to provide food for The LTLC Winter Community Meal Program.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, Margate City, NJ: $5,000 to fund food, fuel, and payments for a program-related portion of the salaries of the Community Initiatives Coordinator and the Nurse Educator for the Klinghoffer Nursing and Nutrition Program.

Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc., Fort Myers, FL: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program related portion of the Manager's salary for the Everyday Cafe and Market Program.

Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc., Hawthorne, NY: $5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Closets Program.

Lovin' Spoonfuls Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 to supply fuel for refrigerated delivery vehicles for the Food Rescue Program.

Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County, Inc., Milltown, NJ: $5,000 to provide non-perishable food for the Essential Needs Resource Program.  

Franklin County Home Care Corporation, Turners Falls, MA: $5,000 to purchase food for the Meals on Wheels for Homebound Elders Program.

Watervliet Civic Chest Inc., Watervliet, NY: $5,000 to provide supplies, equipment and food for the Hunger Prevention and Youth Nutrition Program.

Our Lady of Light Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Fort Myers, FL: $5,000 to provide food and food cards for the Nutrition Improvement Initiative Program.

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Bridgeport, CT: $7,500 to supply food for the Thomas Merton House of Hospitality Program.

Washington Park Citizens Association Inc., Providence, RI: $9,100 to purchase food; fund the direct service, program-related portion of staff salaries; and provide grocery store certificates for clients for the Community-based Emergency Food Pantry for Low-Income Children & Families Program.

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, Philadelphia, PA: $10,000 to provide food for the Medically Appropriate Meal Delivery Program.

Kit Clark Senior Services, Inc., Boston, MA: $10,000 to purchase food and serving supplies, and to support delivery vehicle costs for the Elder Nutrition Program.

Iris House A Center for Woman Living with HIV, Inc., New York, NY: $12,500 to supply food, kitchen supplies and a program-related portion of salary for the Director of Food and Nutrition Services for the Food and Nutrition Services Program.

Father Bill's & Mainspring Inc., Quincy, MA: $12,500 to purchase food, supplies and a portion of the Kitchen Facilitator's salary for The Table Community Lunch Program.


Brookview House, Inc., Dorchester, MA: $2,500 to provide cribs, bedding, program participation incentives, and refreshments at workshops for the Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness for Women and Children Program.

The New Paradigm Foundation, Englewood, FL: $2,500 to fund household supplies, as well as education program materials and supplies for the Transitional Housing Case Management Program.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, New York, NY: $2,500 to provide direct service, program-related salary support for the Director of Social Services in the Women's Mental Health Shelter Program. 

Cleveland Furniture Bank, Middleburg Heights, OH: $2,500 to purchase 25 beds and mattresses for clients referred for furniture through the Beds for Kids Program.

Seminole County Victims' Rights Coalition Inc., Lake Monroe, FL: $2,500 to purchase food for the Bridging the Gap Program.

FamilyAid Boston, Inc., Boston, MA: $2,500 to provide emergency sheltering in motel units through the Family Emergency Solutions Program.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Cleveland, OH: $5,000 to purchase 1,111 bus tickets to assist homeless men in getting to critical appointments while they are supported through the 2100 Lakeside Emergency Men's Shelter Program.

Mt. Airy Community Services Corporation (MACSC), Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to fund the program related, direct service salary support for a farm educator in The Hope Garden at Stenton Family Manor Program. 

Career Wardrobe, Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to provide interview suits and career work wear for approximately 50 clients served through the Dressing and Image Consultation Program.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., Lynn, MA: $5,000 to purchase 34 new twin mattresses, box springs, and frames through A Bed for Every Child Program.

Network Against Domestic Abuse of North Central Connecticut, Inc., Enfield, CT: $5,000 to supply  paper products, toiletries, laundry detergent, towels, bed sheets, shelter cleaning supplies, mops, and vacuum cleaners for The Tracey Thurman House Program.

Family Promise of Hunterdon County, Inc., Flemington, NJ: $5,000 to purchase air mattresses for host church shelters and to fund expenses related to the agency van to support the Homeless Shelter Support Program.

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc., Worcester, MA: $5,000 to supply food and snacks for 100 low-income, highly disadvantaged youth and young adults in the Job and Education Center (JEC) Program.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc., Fort Myers, FL: $5,000 to provide direct service, program-related salary support for the job-link coordinator, who assists with resume preparation, interview skills, and job seeking for clients served through the Job-Link and Family Strengthening Program.

Doe Fund Inc., New York, NY: $7,500 to purchase food for meals for veterans served through the Doe Fund Veterans Program.

Hope Haven, Inc., Charlotte, NC: $7,500 to purchase job seeking tools and work uniforms for the Hope Haven Job Readiness Program.

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., Utica, NY: $7,500 to provide support for the emergency needs of low-income families, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities through the Family Relief Fund Program.

Our House, Inc., Decatur, GA: $7,500 to supply diapers, cleaning supplies, training supplies, snacks,  MARTA cards and emergency assistance for the Family Advocacy and Support Program.

Mission of Deeds, Inc., Reading, MA: $10,000 to purchase 63 cribs and crib mattresses for families in need through the Beds and Cribs Campaign Program.

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc., Jamaica Plain, MA: $10,000 to fund program preparation, printing expenses, and classroom supplies for the Skills for Success Program.

Cape Cod Council of Churches, Inc., Hyannis, MA: $12,500 to purchase diapers to be distributed to 2,000 families through the A Baby Center Program.

Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL: $15,000 to provide food and bus passes for the Emergency Shelter and Food for the Homeless Program.