September 6, 2012 - BJ's Charitable Foundation Donates More Than $1 Million to 175 Charitable Organizations Focusing on Hunger Prevention, Self-sufficiency, Health Care and Education

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

September 6, 2012 - (Westborough, MA) - BJ’s Charitable Foundation today announced a donation of $1,169,396 to 175 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 Hunger Prevention, BJ’s Charitable Foundation will donate more than $364,000 to 46 organizations with programs to help prevent and alleviate hunger. The rising price of food, unemployment and underemployment, and cuts in social services has resulted in an increased demand for hunger relief. The grants will help shelters, food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries purchase and distribute food to those suffering from hunger.

The high unemployment rate, coupled with the rising cost of housing has resulted in many individuals and families seeking temporary or emergency housing. Fifty-nine nonprofits that provide temporary or emergency services to those who have the goal of becoming independent members of society will receive more than $381,000. The grants will enhance shelter programs; provide funds to purchase supplies and clothing for residents and fund programs that offer families a temporary and safe shelter.

BJ’s Charitable Foundation will also support 54 nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. More than $300,000 will be donated to purchase supplies for literacy skills, mentoring, tutoring and career development programs.

Sixteen organizations that provide healthcare services to individuals and families that would not normally have access to healthcare will receive more than $113,000. The funds will help supply medical clinics and aid in costs for health prevention services, supplies for vision, dental and hearing screenings.

“BJ’s Charitable Foundation is proud to partner with these amazing non-profit organizations committed to improving the lives of those in each of their communities,” 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 $15 million to nearly 1,800 community organizations. The noted organizations receiving grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation submitted proposals in late 2011. All recipients are 501(c)3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.

Hunger Prevention

Chrysalis Center, Inc., Hartford, CT -$5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the Project Manager for the Freshplace Program. The Freshplace Program seeks to alleviate hunger and address the root causes of hunger to help individuals and families achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Twice a month patrons are able to access food, and also participate in extensive case management.  Chrysalis Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit healthcare agency that provides community support services in the state of Connecticut to individuals and families who live in poverty and struggle with mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, release from incarceration and homelessness.

Martin House, Inc., Norwich, CT - $5,000 to purchase food for Martin House residents for the Basic Needs Support Program. The Martin House provides dignified housing, nutritious food, a safe, caring environment and support services for men and women who are low income, and often have a history of mental illness. Key services include medical advocacy, adult education and employment services.

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service of South Palm Beach County, Inc., Boca Raton, FL - $15,000 to purchase food, fuel for food delivery and a walk-in cooler for an expanded food pantry for the Helping the Hungry - Food Pantry Program.  For more than thirty years, Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) has been providing food pantry, financial assistance, outreach, social support and life enrichment programs to families, the elderly and the needy in the South Palm Beach County community.

The Cooperative Feeding Program, Inc. dba LifeNet4Families, Ft. Lauderdale, FL -$5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Program. The Cooperative Feeding Program reduces the pain and suffering of individuals and families in poverty by providing necessary food, ancillary services and referrals.  Services include emergency food programs, food stamp SNAP program, HIV prevention rapid testing, jobs preparation, basic school and personal supplies distribution, and connection with eye exams and glasses, mental health services, housing, haircuts, clothing and health care services.

Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL - $10,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Pantry Program. The Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) is a non-sectarian, non-profit social service agency committed to the mission of helping people help themselves. JFCS provides community-based foster care and prevention services for the city's at-risk children and families. Services also include emergency financial assistance and financial assistance case management, an emergency food pantry, mental health counseling, support groups, adoption, life skills training, senior services and programs.

I M Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc., Jacksonville, FL - $10,000 to purchase food for the Sulzbacher Meal Program. The Sulzbacher Center empowers homeless and at-risk men, women and children to achieve a better life through a full range of services, both direct and in collaboration with community partners, thus renewing hope and restoring lives back into the fabric of the community. The Center offers emergency shelter and onsite services, nutritious meals, healthcare at two clinics, behavioral, dental and vision care to homeless and poverty stricken clients, two mobile outreach teams, and transitional help for formerly homeless clients.

Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, Inc., Jacksonville, FL - $10,000 to purchase food for the Second Harvest North Florida food bank through the SHNF Plus Purchase Program. Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida’s nutrition programs include the Second Harvest North Florida food bank, Kids Cafe Afterschool Snack Program , Summer Lunch Program, BackPack Program and the Mobile Pantry Distribution Program.

Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Inc., North Miami, FL - $5,000 - To purchase food for the Kosher Food Bank Program.  Jewish Community Services of South Florida's (JCS) mission is to provide social services in South Florida on behalf of the Jewish Community and to promote the quality of life and the maximum achievement potential of individuals within the Jewish Community and the community as a whole. Programs are geared toward helping with homelessness, food and nutrition, care management, academic support, basic job skills, senior care and counseling for families, youth and seniors.

Feeding South Florida, Pembroke Park, FL - $15,000 to purchase food for the Lauderhill BackPack Program which provides nutritious, easy-to-prepare, healthy foods to more than 1,200 children to take home on weekends.  Feeding South Florida was founded to solve the problems of people going hungry and wasted food. There are two distribution centers and four programs that bring food directly to school children, a Mobile Food Pantry program and two programs that collect donations from restaurants and supermarkets, as well as a program to help individuals apply for SNAP (food stamps.)

Rockdale County Emergency Relief Fund, Inc., Conyers, GA - $5,000 to purchase food commodities for the Rockdale Community Food Bank Program. The Rockdale County Emergency Relief Fund, Inc. (RER) provides supportive services and assistance to individuals experiencing a temporary crisis situation.

Rosie's Place, Inc., Boston, MA - $15,000 to purchase food for Rosie's Place's Dining Room Program. Rosie's Place provides a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Whether a woman requires food, clothing, housing, advocacy, health care, education or employment, Rosie's Place is there to help her. All guests are welcomed without judgment, treated fairly and loved unconditionally.

The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc., Boston, MA - $15,000 to purchase food for the Kids Cafe Program. The Kids Cafe Program partners with Boys and Girls Clubs in and around Boston to provide healthy meals and nutrition education to 1,700 children at high risk of hunger. The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) helps end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. GBFB works with 550 hunger-relief member agencies to meet the increasing community need for food assistance by providing more than 35 million pounds of healthy food and grocery products or 27 million meals to nearly 545,000 individuals annually. GBFB operates four direct service programs out of 30 sites, including Kids Cafe, the BackPack Program, Brown Bag and Perishables.

American Red Cross, Cambridge, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Boston Food Pantry within the organization's Food and Nutrition Program.  The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers with a mission to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Services are provided to 295,170 individuals.

The Family Pantry Corp, Harwich, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Family Pantry Food program. The Family Pantry Corp's mission is to provide food and clothing to those in need without any restrictions based on race, gender, age, residence or sexual orientation.

Community Servings, Inc., Jamaica Plain, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for home-delivered meals through the Nutrition Program for Individuals and Families Affected by Acute, Life-Threatening Illnesses Program.  The entire grant will go towards purchasing food.  Founded in 1989, Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program, providing services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. It serves free meals to clients in 16 cities who are suffering from 35 different types of illnesses. Beyond providing meals, it also has a nutrition education and counseling program, a food service job-training program, a volunteer training program, as well as local food programs including farmers markets and community supported agriculture program.

A Place to Turn, Natick, MA - $5,000 to purchase nutritious food for the Choice Food Pantry. A Place to Turn is committed to providing emergency food and clothing to the Metrowest community. The programs include a food panty, which provides food and clothing to clients in need, the Healthy Families Initiative, which offers additional nutritious food to those families with school-aged children, and Healthy Learners, which provides health related items to families with children at their first pantry visit.

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.,  Plymouth, MA - $10,000 to pay for transportation costs, rent and utilities for the program building  and to pay a portion of the salary of the part-time staffer for the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse Program. The South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) provides a range of services to low-income individuals and families. SSCAC runs programs in the areas of youth and family development, income maintenance, nutrition, emergency assistance, self-sufficiency, energy assistance, employment and transportation assistance.

Worcester County Food Bank, Inc., Shrewsbury, MA -$5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the truck driver/warehouse associates for the Food Sourcing and Distribution Program. The Worcester County Food Bank's mission is to engage, educate and lead Worcester County in creating a hunger-free community.

Yarmouth Food Pantry Inc., West Yarmouth, MA - $4,300 to purchase kitchen appliances for the Appliance Upgrade Program.  To ensure food safety and capacity new appliances need to be purchased for the Appliance Upgrade Program.The Yarmouth Food Pantry’s mission is to provide food to those in need.

Good Shepherd Food-Bank, Auburn, ME - $5,000 to purchase food to be delivered through the Food Mobile Program.  Founded in 1981, the mission of Good Shepherd Food-Bank is to feed Maine's hungry. This is accomplished by soliciting surplus, salvage and donated food, and by making strategic wholesale purchases of high-demand and high-nutrient foods. Food is then distributed to Mainers who are hungry through the network of more than 600 partnering non-profit organizations across all 16 counties of the state. Beyond, the Food Bank, the agency also runs a "buy local" initiative, a nutrition and cooking class, the Food Mobile Program and a US Department of Agriculture food distribution program.

Alamance County Meals On Wheels, Inc., Burlington, NC - $5,000 to purchase food for the Meals on Wheels Program. The mission of Alamance County Meals on Wheels, Inc. is to provide in-home nutritional services, which improve and enhance quality of life; nourish the body, mind, and spirit; and promote independent living for seniors and their families.

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Inc., Kannapolis, NC - $5,000 to purchase food for the Hot Meal Sponsorship Program. The Cabarrus Meals on Wheels assists the frail, elderly and disabled home-bound citizens of Cabarrus County remain independent in their homes with the delivery of nutritious meals and emergency food. Volunteers deliver meals for the Hot Meal Sponsorship Program on 29 routes. 

New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Manchester, NH - $10,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Purchase Program. New Hampshire Catholic Charities serves more than 98,000 people through the New Hampshire Food Bank, Parish and Community Services, Adoption Services, OUR Place Pregnancy and Parenting Education program, Counseling, Immigration and Refugee Services, St. Charles Children's Home and the Health and Senior Care Services.

Isaiah House, East Orange, NJ - $15,000 to purchase food for the Isaiah House Food Pantry Program. The Isaiah House is the only shelter in East Orange and provides temporary lodging, food, social and financial services to more than 100 families a year. In addition to housing, Isaiah House offers a variety of support services to family members, including life skills training, instructions in household and money management, job search assistance, tutoring, medical referrals and on-site drug and an alcohol abuse support group. Isaiah House also provides community service programs, including homelessness prevention, food panty, Day Care Center and 12-step addiction recovery meetings

The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), Pennsauken, NJ - $10,000 to purchase food for the FEED MORE program. The Food Bank of South Jersey exists to provide food to needy people, teaching them to eat nutritiously and helping them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives. The Food Bank partners with schools, community centers and 200 plus charitable feeding organizations to feed and serve over 800,000 individuals. FEED MORE, the food bank is the core work; however, there are four direct service programs that provide food and nutritional education to school children, one direct service program for elderly, as well as the Hope Mobile panty.

Pass It Along, Sparta, NJ - $10,000 to purchase food and to pay a portion of the salary of the Program Director for the Cooking with a Mission and Cooking for Interfaith Program. Volunteers of the Cooking with a Mission and Cooking for Interfaith Program travel to Newark, NJ monthly to prepare meals for homeless and low-income city residents. The crew prepares, assembles and distributes a "to go" meal for a minimum of 140 people. Pass It Along (PIA) engages the youth in service learning and volunteerism.

Pronto of Long Island, Inc., Bay Shore, NY - $10,000 to purchase food and pay for supplies and a portion of the salary of in-take staff of the Families Eat Smart Long Island Program. The Families Eat Smart Long Island Program is designed to educate families about healthy nutrition and good eating habit. It also provides healthy food care packages to families in need of food assistance through the Food Pantry. The mission of Pronto of Long Island is to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, welcome the stranger and provide healing and hope to everyone who walks through its doors.

St. John's Bread and Life Program, Inc., Brooklyn, NY -$10,000 to purchase food for the Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen and Mobile Soup Kitchen Program.  St. John's Bread and Life originated 28 years ago in a church basement to provide meals to the hungry. As the demand for its services increased, the program expanded beyond its parish boundaries and grew into a free-standing not-for-profit corporation. Besides serving more than 1,900 meals daily, it also provides nutrition counseling, housing referral services, medical support, education, support groups and a legal clinic.

Food Bank of Western New York, Inc., Buffalo, NY - $5,000 to purchase food for the Backpack Program, provides easily-prepared, nutritious food in a take-home backpack for the weekends and through the holidays. The Food Bank of Western New York grew from serving eighteen member agencies in 1979 to now distributing to 350 member agencies, which serve nearly 100,000 people. Beyond the food bank, the agency has several direct service programs that provide food and education to youth and families. Additionally, the Agency Assistance Program provides member agencies with equipment to serve clients’ needs such as coolers, freezers, alarms, locks and other food preparation/storage equipment. The organization also operates a Backpack Program for children. 

Iris House A Center for Woman Living with HIV, Inc., New York, NY - $7,500 to purchase food including lean proteins, fresh fruits, vegetables and pantry items for the Food and Nutrition Services Program. Iris House was the nation's first HIV/AIDS agency to provide family focused services to women of color infected and affected by HIV. Its mission is to provide comprehensive services and advocacy for women, families and communities infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, while simultaneously providing prevention and education services for clients and at-risk communities. Programs cover basic survival needs including food/housing, and support via groups, individual counseling, case management and classes/courses, as well as community-wide HIV testing and prevention programs

Hillside Food Outreach Pleasantville, NY - $5,000 to purchase fresh produce, eggs and dairy items for the Hillside Food Outreach Program. Hillside utilizes more than 350 volunteers to home deliver food to more than 2,000 residents in need. Beyond delivering food, these volunteers spend time with housebound clientele helping educate and assess client nutrition, medical and emotional needs. Hillside promotes youth philanthropy through a training program that stresses the importance of civic and community engagement.

Shelters of Saratoga, Inc., Saratoga Springs, NY - $4,500 to purchase food for meals served through the Emergency Housing Program.  Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) strives to ensure that every member of the community has safe and affordable housing by providing shelter, food, advocacy and referral services for the homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless. It has an 18-bed shelter for men and women, as well as transitional housing units for four individuals and low-income rental units for seven individuals/couples.

Project Hospitality, Staten Island, NY - $10,000 to purchase food for the Moveable Feast Mobile Food Pantry Program. The mission of Project Hospitality is to reach out to community members who are hungry, homeless or otherwise in need and to work with them to achieve self-sufficiency. Project Hospitality serves more than 25,000 Staten Islanders annually. The staff provides services, including homelessness prevention, drop-in center and outreach, food and nutrition, recovery and rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS services, transitional housing services and a housing placement assistance program.

Peoples Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc., Syracuse, NY - $10,000 to purchase food for the three food pantries of the Food for Hope program. The Food for Hope Program is a network of food pantries, operating through three of P.E.A.C.E., Inc.’s Family Resource Centers.People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc. (P.E.A.C.E.) was founded in 1968, and its mission is to help people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient. P.E.A.C.E., Inc. serves more than 10,000 individuals annually from 57 locations throughout Onondaga County.

Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, Inc., Allentown, PA - $6,000 to fund 2,469 subsidized meal costs for low-come clients of the Subsidize Meals for Low-Income Clients Program. Founded in 1971, the mission of the Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County is to promote the independence and well being of homebound individuals by providing nutritious meals delivered by caring volunteers. Services include delivering two nutritious meals a day to homebound adults and providing a safety check and social visit, providing pet food and shelf-stable food to be used in case meal delivery is cancelled and connecting clients with other social services as needed.

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA - $5,000 to pay for a portion of a new truck for The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania Program.  The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley's (CACLV) mission is to improve the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley. CACLV runs multiple programs that provide shelter/housing; food/nutrition, emergency energy assistance, technology training, work ready programs, sustainable neighborhood development and financial literacy.

Senior Community Services (SCS), Folsom, PA - $5,000 to purchase food for use in the Senior Suppers Home Delivered Meal Program . The Senior Community Services (SCS) mission is to provide direct services and programming to keep older adults living independent and meaningful lives in their homes. SCS operates four nationally accredited Senior Centers where 7,700 plus active older adults visited last year and coordinates Senior Suppers, a home-delivered meal program for frail elderly.

Channels, Harrisburg, PA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Kids Cafe Program.  Channels Food Rescue's mission is to support the needy and alleviate hunger by implementing or facilitating food-related programs that serve agencies or networks that assist those in need. The staff provide more than 800 meals per day to children who are hungry at 16 Kids Cafe sites,.   

The Power Packs Project, Lancaster, PA - $4,974 to fund the development of educational materials and facilitate recipe development for the Power Packs Project.  The Power Packs Project was created to help parents make better use of their limited food dollars and ensure that children are well fed and ready to learn.  The Power Packs Project has grown from serving one local elementary school to now serving 21.

Bebashi Transition to Hope, Philadelphia, PA -$5,000 to purchase non-perishable food and grocery vouchers for the Emergency Food Cupboard Program. Bebashi Transition to Hope was founded in 1985 in response to the increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS in the African American community of Philadelphia. Bebashi now offers prevention education, HIV/STI testing and counseling, early intervention, medical case management, support groups and an Emergency Food Cupboard.

Tri-Town Economic Opportunity Committee, Johnston, RI - $5,000 to purchase food vouchers redeemable at local supermarkets for families with temporary emergency food needs for the Emergency Food Vouchers Program. Tri-Town focuses available local, state, federal and private resources upon the goal of enabling low-income families and individuals to attain the skills, knowledge and motivations to become self-sufficient.

The Martin Luther King Community Center Incorporated (MKCC), Newport, RI - $5,000 to purchase food and hygiene products for the Feed a Friend Food Pantry Program. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center offers nutritional, cultural, educational, and social services for people of all ages and cultures. Through the MKCC Community Center programs individuals learn about healthy eating on a budget, money for life, creating a success cycle, healthy relationships, bullying and adult literacy.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank Association, Providence, RI - $15,000 to pay for freight and Value Added Processing (VAP) costs to transport donated food to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank for the Food Acquisition Program.  The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food to people in need and promotes long-term solutions to the problem of hunger. In addition to securing 9.4 million pounds of foods for member agencies, the Food Bank sponsors a variety of direct service programs.

Washington Park Citizens' Association (WPCA), Inc., Providence, RI - $5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Pantry for Low-Income Families Program. The Washington Park Citizens Association's (WPCA) mission is to help the Washington Park community and its residents thrive. There are two major programs The Community Center, which offers child care, as well as the Park Children's Shelter, which is a licensed children's shelter for abused children in RI. Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Norfolk, VA - $17,500 to purchase food for the BackPack Program.  The BackPack Program distributes bags to youth 18 times throughout the school year. Each BackPack provides at least five nutritious child-friendly, non-perishable, weekend/holiday meals. The mission of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia is to eliminate hunger in the community. The Foodbank operates the following programs: the Food Rescue Program, the Warehouse Distribution Program, the Mobile Pantry Program, the USDA Commodities Program, and the Foodbank's Child Nutrition Initiatives, including Kids Cafe® and the BackPack Program. With a staff of 50 and 4,500 volunteers, the Foodbank distributed 15 million pounds of food last year.

FeedMore, Inc., Richmond, VA - $10,000 to purchase food for the Mobile Pantry Program.  FeedMore is the umbrella organization that brings together Meals on Wheels and the Central Virginia Food Bank to efficiently and effectively fight hunger and enhance lives in the community.

Self-Sufficiency

The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Bridgeport, CT - $5,000 to purchase perishable and non perishable food and baby supplies, cover transportation and emergency/housing assistance costs for the Family Strengthening Services Program. The Center is dedicated to eliminating abuse through education, intervention, advocacy, and community collaboration. It is greater Bridgeport, CT's primary resource and child advocacy center for domestic and sexual violence prevention and victim services, including crisis intervention, child protection, advocacy and justice, female re-entry services and social change through community education/outreach/collaboration.

My Sisters' Place, Inc., Hartford, CT - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the Case Manager for Transitional Living Life Skills Program. The Transitional Living Life Skills Program provides 18 women and their children with supportive services. Participants work toward self-sufficiency by developing a life plan, assisted by case managers.  My Sisters' Place is committed to ending homelessness and empowering women, families and others in Greater Hartford to achieve independence and stability in their communities by providing housing and supportive services.

New Haven Diaper Bank, Inc., New Haven, CT - $10,000 to purchase diapers and fund diaper distribution to partner agencies in New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport and Middlesex County through the Diaper Distribution Network Program. The Diaper Bank ensures that families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers, raise community awareness that "basic human needs" include diapers and that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty, and advocate for policy reform so that diapers are included in the definition of and provision for the "basic human needs" of families.

New London Homeless Hospitality Center, Inc., New London, CT - $5,000 to purchase coffee and juice supplies, as well as well as personal hygiene products for clients at the Daytime Hospitality Center Program. The New London Homeless Hospitality Center provides a day time place of safety to adult homeless and assists guests through the process of moving from homelessness to permanent housing

Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), Stamford, CT - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the shelter manager of the DVCC Norwalk SafeHouse. Since 1980, the DVCC has been committed to providing crisis services to victims of domestic violence and their children and safeguarding their rights through legal, housing, medical, counseling and educational initiatives. The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is committed to promoting the fundamental right for all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships.

St. Agnes Home, Inc., West Hartford, CT - $4,300 to pay for materials and installation for new flooring for the kitchen and living areas of the facility for the Health and Wellness Initiative Program.  St. Agnes Family Center provides residential care and supportive services for pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers and their infants.

 ContactLifeline, Inc., Wilmington, DE - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of one crisis helpline listener and one sexual assault specialist. ContactLifeline, Inc. is an accredited crisis helpline center of CONTACT USA (a national network of 40 crisis helpline centers in the U.S.A.) Its mission is to keep people alive and safe, to help them through crises and to connect them with relevant community resources.

Ministry of Caring, Inc., Wilmington, DE - $10,000 to purchase computer equipment and computer supplies for a 3-station computer study/work area for the Mary Mother of Hope House II Program. The Ministry of Caring is devoted to the mission of meeting the needs of the under-served poor, hungry and homeless within the Greater Wilmington.

Foundation for Dreams, Inc., Bradenton, FL - $5,000 to purchase medical supplies to help the 375 children of the Dream Oaks Camp Program. The Foundation for Dreams is a non-profit dedicated to building and funding The Dream Oaks Camp Program where individuals with physical or mental disabilities, chronic illnesses and considered "at risk" can have a true camp experience. Programs include weekend camps and weekend family camps. Nearly 400 children each year participate in a true camping experience while learning to enjoy their independence, strengthen their life-management skills and participate in activities with other children in an inclusive, barrier-free environment.

HOPE South Florida, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL - $5,000 to purchase household items and supplies for the multi-purpose room and activities for The Shepherd's Way Family Shelters Program. HOPE South Florida (HSF) provides emergency shelter, housing assistance and support services to thousands of homeless children and parents throughout Broward County. The mission is to provide hope for the homeless and hurting through services and partnerships with the Christian community.

Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville, FL -$5,000 to purchase supplies and materials, cover travel expenses and pay a portion of the salary of the Residential Advocate for the Touchstone Village Program.   Touchstone Village Program (TSV) provides transitional and independent living skills and assistance to youth and young adults.The mission of Youth Crisis Center is to provide safe shelter for at-risk children and youth, counseling for families in crisis, links to community resources and life skills training for at-risk adolescents emerging into adulthood, all with the goal of strengthening families and restoring hope.

Legal Services of Greater Miami, (LSGMI) Inc., Miami, FL - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the law clerk for the Homeless Legal Assistance Program. Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc., (LSGMI) serves the legal needs of low income individuals in Miami Dade County, Florida and the Monroe County (Florida Keys). To achieve its mission of equal justice, its philosophy is to provide holistic legal services to solve all of the client's legal problems that are posing a barrier to achieving self-sufficiency, safety and stability.

Catholic Community Services of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc., Miami, FL - $5,000 to fund children's activities, family expenses to transition out of the center, such as transportation, deposits and kitchen supplies for Keep the Lights On Program. Keep the Lights On Program is used to fund the costs of running the New Life Family Center. The New Life Family Center provides 21,900 bed nights on a yearly basis to homeless families and children.  Catholic Charities runs five different housing programs and provides 21,900 bed nights on a yearly basis to homeless families and children. The Center's residents are required to participate in workshops, such as health education, practical application of money management, effective parenting classes and employment skills training.

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options, Sunrise, FL - $15,000 to purchase groceries and household items.  Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) is a nonprofit organization established in 1992 to serve abused, neglected and at-risk children in South Florida.

Dress for Success Atlanta, Atlanta, GA - $4,500 to purchase supplies for meeting participants and small honorariums to speakers for the Professional Women's Group Program. The mission of Dress for Success Atlanta (DFSA) is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Genesis Shelter, Inc., Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to purchase reduced fee MARTA cards (the Atlanta public transportation system) for approximately 90 clients to use through the Resident Transportation Assistance Program.  MARTA Cards enable the clients to have access to transportation and thus can get kids to daycare, themselves to jobs/appointments. The Genesis Shelter provides a comprehensive array of services designed to enable homeless newborns and their families to achieve positive life outcomes for this generation and those to come.

CHRIS Kids, (CK) Inc., Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to purchase health and hygiene supplies, school supplies, and public transportation for the TransitionZ at Summit Trail Program. CHRIS Kids bridges the gaps in foster care services for children, who required residential mental health treatment, but who did not need institutionalization or hospitalization. CHRIS Kids provide safe homes, meet basic needs and teach life skills. CHRIS Kids' mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community with core values of Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety.

Goodwill of North Georgia, Inc., Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to purchase equipment for the Floor Technology/Custodial Skills Training Program.  The mission of Goodwill of North Georgia, Inc. is to promote self-sufficiency through the power of work for people with disabilities, low-income and disadvantaged individuals that face barriers in meeting employment objectives. The focus is on people, who face one, and often more, barriers to employment due to a variety of causes including physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and criminal records.

The Center for Family Resources, Marietta, GA - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the Case Manager for the Direct Services Program. CFR is a multifunctional human services organization, serving both generations of the family to develop personal responsibility and a self-sufficient lifestyle. Its programs are highly successful and consistently meet targets for success.

Family Life Support Center, Inc., Adams, MA - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the Coordinator and to purchase toiletries for the Louison House Transitional Housing Program.  Louison House Transitional Housing program provides shelter and supportive services to clients by offering case management services, financial and career counseling, and life-skills training. Family Life Support Center (FLSC) mission is to reduce homelessness and its causes in Northern Berkshire County. This mission has been carried out by operating multiple housing programs that involve a variety of supportive services such as life skills counseling. They provide a range of services to over 133 homeless families and individuals.

Stavros Center for Independent Living, Inc., Amherst, MA -$5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the part-time Veterans Support and Benefits Specialist.  Stavros helps people with disabilities and those who are deaf or hard of hearing lead independent, active lives. The board of directors and most of their employees are persons with disabilities or people who have direct experience with disability or deaf or hard of hearing issues. The Veteran's Support Program provides housing and hunger support, help applying for medical benefits and more. 

City Mission Society of Boston (CMS), Boston, MA - $5,000 to provide rental and utility assistance for program participants and to purchase and distribute winter clothing for the Homelessness Prevention Program. City Mission Society’s programs help youth and adults achieve their full potential while providing opportunities for communities and congregations to engage in social action and change.

United South End Settlements, Boston, MA - $5,000 to purchase food for the Senior Services program. The Senior Services Program includes home repair, senior health and wellness services, daily meals, cultural and enrichment classes to almost 1,000 seniors each year. The mission of United South End Settlements (USES) is to build a strong community by improving the education, health, safety and economic security of low-income individuals and families in Boston's historic South End/Lower Roxbury and serve as a national model of successful neighborhood engagement.

Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), Hyannis, MA - $5,000 to purchase bedding, crib and mattresses for 15 women and 10-20 children in the Angel House Program. The Angel House Program assists homeless women, who are recovering from drug and alchohol dependency and their children by solidifying recovery, strengthening and healing the family, and assisting these families with taking steps towards making new lives.Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) has developed robust housing programs along a continuum of services from homelessness prevention, through emergency shelters and the development of affordable housing.  Last year, HAC sheltered 231 homeless families, including 349 children and helped 107 families move out of shelter and into permanent housing.

hopeFound, Jamaica Plain, MA - $10,000 to purchase essential food, clothing , laundry supplies  and transportation assistance for homeless men and women who are guests at the Shattuck Shelter Program. The shelter serves 3,000 people annually using three core strategies to end homelessness: Recovery, Employment and Housing.

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute (SEB), Inc., Jamaica Plain, MA - $10,000 to purchase trainer supplies and project materials for the Skills for Success Program. SEB is the only agency in Massachusetts whose sole purpose is self-esteem education, with the primary purpose to teach self-esteem skills to the homeless, substance abusers, victims of domestic violence, individuals transitioning out of the correctional system, and the unemployed.

Volunteers of America Massachusetts, Jamaica Plain, MA - $4,851 to pay a portion of the salary of the addictions counselor, participant materials, supplies and transportation costs in the Relapse Prevention Program.    The Relapse Prevention Program  assists clients with substance abuse issues in preventing relapse, gaining insight into the dynamics of relapse and stabilizeing them if they have relapsed. Their current model focuses on strengths, needs, abilities and preferences of persons served with measurable outcomes for client treatment and program performance. Last year alone, they provided services to more than 3,000 individuals and their families across four affiliate organizations and eleven sites throughout the area.

Bread & Roses Housing (BRH), Lawrence, MA - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the Family Support and Advocacy Coordinator for the Family Support and Advocacy Program. BRH creates and preserves affordable housing opportunities for low-income families.  The Family Support and Advocacy program is a critical component of the organization's success. BRH has conducted application and education seminars for 1,400 very low-income first time home buyers and enabled 36 families to obtain and maintain their own home; families that might have never had the opportunity to purchase their own property.

Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, Roxbury, MA - $5,000 to purchase food, baby and household supplies and personal toiletries for the Renewal House Program. Renewal House is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in Boston, in the past 30 years it has offered a safe haven and vital support services to more than 2,000 people. Their major objective is to provide safety to victims of domestic violence, help stabilize their situation, provide the support, care and services to help them gain independence and begin new lives free from abuse.

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO), Baltimore, MD - $5,000 to purchase food, including fresh produce for the food pantry at the CARES Program. The CARES Program responds to approximately 300 requests a month for food and/or financial assistance.  GEDCO was incorporated in 1991 after a decade of cooperative efforts by seven founding. Membership today includes 52 inter-faith congregations, neighborhood associations, civic organizations, schools and medical institutions throughout the northern part of Baltimore city. In partnership with faith communities, GEDCO provides affordable housing with supportive services and assists in meeting emergency needs of community residents.

Community Concepts, Inc., Lewiston, ME - $10,000 to pay mileage, phone, postage, grant work  and to pay the direct service, program-related dispatcher salary for the Veteran/Homeless Transportation Program.   The Veteran/Homeless Transportation Program provides transportation to one of the largest “at risk” populations in accessing the agencies that can assist them in breaking the cycle of poverty. Community Concepts is a non-profit community action agency providing services to families and individuals in need. Programs are designed to give people the opportunity to improve their lives by focusing on their strengths, building knowledge and providing support, information and resources they need to reach their goals

Women's Resource Center in Alamance County, Burlington, NC - $5,000 to provide utility and rent deposits for program clients and to purchase supplies and food for the New Choices Program. New Choices Program offers free individual coaching, self-sufficiency planning, job training funds, job search assistance, tuition assistance, transportation, childcare and individual goal setting.The Women's Resource Center in Alamance County's mission is to help women and their families improve and enrich their personal and professional lives through education, support services, networking and community resources.

Davidson Housing Coalition, Davidson (DHC), NC - $12,500 to purchase plumbing and roofing repair supplies for eight- nine homes for the HAMMERS Program.  The HAMMERS Program reduces or eliminates the immediate threats to a household’s life, health or safety, utilizing volunteer labor and donated material to make emergency repairs to clients’ homes. The mission of DHC is to preserve and create affordable housing options and to prepare families and individuals for financial stability and home ownership.  DHC develops and/or acquires affordable units, both rented and owned, as well as helps people become homeowners and people who are currently under contract to purchase a home, and guides clients to financial self-sufficiency.   

Tri-County Community Action Program (CAP), Inc. Berlin, NH - $5,000 to purchase food, clothing and daily living necessities for Support Center Program.  The Support Center Program provides free and confidential direct services and shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Tri-County CAP provides direct service assistance to more than 44,000 NH residents annually. They operate eight community contact offices dispersed across the service area and work closely with municipal welfare offices, NH Health and Human Services, Rural Development and other public and private service organizations, often mixing and matching resources to develop comprehensive solutions.

New Generation, Greenland, NH - $6,000 to purchase supplies for the Eating for Two Program.  The Eating for Two Program provides immediate, long-term shelter in a caring environment to homeless pregnant women and women with infants. New Generation's mission is to provide a safe, family-oriented shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies, helping to prepare and empower them to be successful in life.

Women’s Information Service (WISE) Lebanon, NH - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the Program Advocate for the Crisis Intervention and Support Services Program.  The Crisis Intervention and Support Services Program (CISSP) provides a continuum of services and supports to domestic and sexual abuse victims and their children. WISE is thriving as an organization that addresses violence against women through a comprehensive array of services to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, a robust school-based and community prevention program and an active commitment to social advocacy.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem, Bridgetown, NJ - $5,000 to support the Finding Permanent Homes for Foster Children Program. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) ensures that a court-empowered, independent volunteer is able to voice timely and objective recommendations on behalf of a child. 

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey: Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service, Cherry Hill, NJ - $5,000 to purchase food and personal care items for the Food Pantry Program. The Jewish Family & Children's Service is an agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and is dedicated to helping people successfully meet the challenges of daily life. The agency currently provides counseling, family life education, an adoption network, developmental disabilities program, child/adolescent therapy, vocational counseling/job coaching, senior services, cancer support services, domestic violence assistance, family assistance program and a food pantry. 

180 Turning Lives Around, Hazlet, NJ - $3,500 to purchase food for 150 women and children in the Emergency Shelter (Safe House) Food Program. 180 Turning Lives Around has a continuum of prevention, crisis response and long-term intervention programs and is the sole provider of these services in Monmouth County, NJ. The mission of 180 Turning Lives Around is to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Monmouth County, NJ.

Jersey Battered Women's Service, (JBWS) Inc., Morristown, NJ - $10,000 to purchase food and household items for The Arbour House Emergency Shelter Program. JBWS provides counseling programs for both residents and non-residents and their children.

Family Promise of Morris County, Inc., Morristown, NJ - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the program case manager for the Emergency Shelter Program. Interfaith Council for Homeless Families of Morris County is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families by partnering with other public and private agencies, religious congregations and community volunteers to provide shelter, case management and mentoring services, leading to self-sufficiency.

Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc., Plainfield, NJ - $7,500 to pay a portion of the salary of the case manager and for enrichment activities for the children in the Homefirst Transitional Housing Program. Homefirst’s purpose is to provide homeless women and families in Union County with shelter, food and other necessities.

AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, Albany, NY - $7,500 to purchase clothing/school supplies, household items, provide rental, utilities and security deposit assistance for clients for the Emergency Financial Assistance Program. Founded in 1984, the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York provides a continuum of Client Services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their family members.

YWCA of Genesee County, Inc., Batavia, NY - $4,775 to purchase food and personal care products for the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter Nutrition Program. The YWCA of Genesee County, Inc. opened its doors in 1910 in response to needed support and assistance for women and their families. Assisting women by meeting the needs of their families was priority for this evolving organization. The YWCA became the source of assistance for victims of domestic violence and for child care.

Warren/Washington County Homeless Youth Coalition, Inc., Glen Falls NY - $5,000 to pay partial salaries of staff, which work directly with the shelter residents and provide case management and life skills training in the Emergency Shelter Program.  Warren/Washington County Homeless Youth Coalition was formed in early 1998 to address the issue of youth homelessness in the community. Welcoming Adolescents in Transition (WAIT) House incorporated in early 2001 and since opening, WAIT House has provided over 11,000 bed nights to more than 675 homeless youth.

Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN), Hempstead, NY - $12,500 to purchase nutritious perishable and non-perishable food in bulk for the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen Program. The Interfaith Nutrition Network’sINN) programs include soup kitchens, a Crisis Housing Program, and a Long Term Housing Program. The ultimate goal of all The INN’s programs is for families and individuals to become self-sufficient.

The Partnership for the Homeless (PFTH), New York, NY - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the Family Advocate for the Family Resource Center Program. When a family asks the Family Resource Center Program for help, they are paired with an advocate to address their specific needs. The most common housing crises include recently housed families living in substandard housing or families reaching the end of their subsidy who are unable to afford unsubsidized housing and risk falling back into homelessness. PFTH programs work with individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk to deliver coordinated assistance that touches on multiple aspects of their lives, addressing both immediate needs including housing and long-term efforts to achieve well-being and prosperity.

Safe Horizon, Inc., New York, NY - $20,000 to purchase food vouchers, pantry bags and personal hygiene products for clients of four domestic violence shelters for the Food Vouchers, Pantry Bags, and Personal Hygiene Products for Shelter Clients Program.   The program provides residents with pantry bags the first few days they arrive and after on an as-needed basis. Additionally, they provide clients with food vouchers for fresh foods, at nearby grocery stores. Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. They provide practical services like secure home locks, 24-hour hotlines, safe shelter and food, as well as supportive services like mental health counseling.

Bethany House of Nassau County Corporation, Roosevelt, NY - $10,000 to purchase children's clothing and supplies, food, metro cards, medication furniture, emergency rent and move in assistance, monthly subsidies and basic needs subsidies for the Emergency Assistance for Families Program. Bethany House’s mission is to provide a concrete response to the belief that every individual needs and deserves to have adequate food, clothing, shelter and safety.

Home HeadQuarters (HHQ), Inc., Syracuse, NY - $5,000 to purchase paint and wood for the Home HeadQuarters' Annual Block Blitz Program.  HHQ hosts a one-day event that organizes volunteers, non-profit organizations, churches, residents, businesses, skilled workers and contractors to donate their time and labor to help improve the exterior of homes and structures in a targeted section of transitional neighborhoods. HHQ is a multifaceted organization that is committed to creating housing and related opportunities and services in Central and Upstate New York that improves the lives of under-served people and revitalizes the communities in which they live. HHQ focuses its efforts on neighborhood revitalization, home improvement and home ownership as a means to enhancing the quality of life in under-served, residential neighborhoods.

Battered Women's Shelter, Akron, OH - $5,000 to purchase bus passes and pay for taxis to assist 200 people to work towards self-sufficiency for the Driving to Self Sufficiency Program. Clients are given bus tickets for the Metro to allow 200 people to seek and or maintain employment, attend appointments, search for housing, attend school and be able to take their children to visit family members when it is safe enough to do so. The Battered Women's Shelter provides people with free holistic programming to help them establish self sufficient, violence free lives.

ACCESS, Inc., Akron, OH - $5,000 to purchase bedding, diapers, shoes, clothes and diapers for the Women and Children in Crisis Program as part of Direct Residence Assistance.  ACCESS is dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless mothers and their children in the community. The agency encourages the development of self-esteem and the attainment of self-sufficiency through their commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment and through programs of housing, advocacy and empowerment.

Family Promise of Summit County, Akron, OH - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the case manager for the Family Promise Summit County Program. Family Promise of Summit County is a consolidation of community and faith congregations, caring for families in need of shelter, meals and compassionate assistance that leads them to secure a stable home environment

Domestic Violence Project(DVPI), Inc., Canton, OH - $10,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the therapists providing counseling to shelter residents through the Renew Counseling and Recovery Center Program. DVPI acts as the community's response to violence and abuse, serving victims of domestic violence by providing confidential services, including: a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelters, legal advocacy, counseling and prevention and educational services to the community.

Catholic Charities of Stark County, Canton, OH - $5,000 to provide utility and rental assistance, as well as to purchase food, for 75-150 individuals in the Emergency Assistance Program. Catholic Charities of Stark County coordinates service delivery and provides service to people in need.

PathWays PA, Inc., Holmes, PA -$10,000 to purchase resident supplies including car seats, high chairs, sheets, gloves, hats, scarves and towels for the Center for Families Program.  The program serves women with children who have experienced homelessness, have either been abused or witnessed abuse within their family, are academically challenged and have health issues. Pathways is one of Greater Philadelphia Region's foremost providers of residential and community-based services for women, children and families. Each year more than 6,000 women, children and families benefit from social services, job training and employment assistance, as well as outreach and residential programs, as they move along the path to self-sufficiency.

International Institute Rhode Island, Providence, RI - $7,500.00  to pay the rent and utilities for clients, as well as medical supplies, donation storage space, housing set-up, cleaning and moving assistance and to pay a portion of the salary of the case manager for the Refugee Resettlement Program. International Institute Rhode Island's (IIRI) mission is to enable all area residents, especially immigrants and refugees, to become self-reliant, invested participants in their communities, while fostering respect and understanding among all people.

Carpenter's Shelter, Inc., Alexandria, VA - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the education and employment coordinator, and GED books, test fees and literary assessment tools for the Aftercare Program.  Carpenter's Shelter serves close to 900 homeless and formerly homeless children, families and adults each year through its interrelated programs that focus on ending the cycle of homelessness through education and life-skills.

Project Mend-A-House, Inc., Manassas, VA - $6,000 to purchase materials to construct two ramps, one stairway climber, materials to install grab bars and address clients' plumbing, flooring, electrical and other safety issues for the There's No Place Like Home! Program.  There’s No Place Like Home! Program makes repairs to clients’ homes who are physically and financially unable to. Its mission is to assist low-income, veterans and disabled persons with free home repair and home modification projects Project Mend-A-House is committed to improving the living conditions for low-income, seniors, veterans and/or disabled persons.

Healthcare

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Inc., Seaford, DE -  $5,000 to purchase diabetes testing supplies and educational materials, including those that improve access to healthcare for Hispanic women's program. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital serves the primary health care needs of 40,000 individuals in southern Delaware.

 Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc., Boca Raton, FL - $5,000 to pay physicians fees for various screenings and tests, first aid supplies and to pay a portion of the salary of the nurse for the Healthcare Clinic for Underserved Children Program. The Florence Fuller Child Development Centers runs two nationally accredited child development centers that serve more than 600 children annually.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Inc., Orlando, FL - $15,000 to purchase medical supplies for the Lazarus Free Medical Clinic Program and St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic Program. Catholic Charities of Central Florida's (CCCF) mission is to care for those who are in need regardless of race, religion or creed. Programs include emergency family assistance; individual, couple and family counseling; crisis pregnancy counseling; adoption services; immigration and refugee services; and a food bank and food pantries in six locations.

Health Care Center for the Homeless, Orlando, FL - $5,000 to pay for mammograms for 40 low-income, uninsured women as part of the Health Care Center for the Homeless Mammography Program. Health Care Center for the Homeless (HCCH) was founded in 1993, and its mission is to provide quality health care services that improve the lives of the homeless and medically indigent people of the community.

Jewish Family & Career Services, Atlanta, GA - $10,000 to purchase dental supplies for the Ben Massell Dental Clinic Program. Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) is a non-sectarian agency that serves approximately 30,000 clients annually through five core divisions including Aviv Older Adult Services, Career and International Services, Clinical Services, Developmental Disabilities and Specialty Programs such as the Ben Massell Dental Clinic Program.

Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA - $15,000 to help support the Free Saturday Cancer Screening Program. The Boston Medical Center is the primary provider of health care to Boston's low-income and minority residents, including immigrants, refugees, the homeless, and others, more than half of whom are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children, Cambridge, MA - $10,000 to purchase supplies and pay a portion of the salary for dentists and dental hygienists for the ForsythKids Cavity Prevention Program.  The Forsyth Institute, an independent, not-for-profit institution, was founded in 1910 to provide free dental care to disadvantaged children in Boston. Today, Forsyth has two main arms, including research and the ForsythKids Cavity Prevention Program, which delivers preventive oral health services to children.

Angel Flight of New England, Inc., North Andover, MA - $5,000 to purchase the technology upgrade of the mission coordination platform for the Angel Flight Northeast Program. Angel Flight Northeast's provides free air transportation in a private aircraft by volunteer pilots so children and adults may access life-saving medical care. Angel Flight also provides transportation of vital organs, as well as operating a program for military men and women who are injured. Angel Flight recruits volunteer "Earth Angels" who provide transportation in their own vehicles from the airport to the health care facility.

South Jersey Eye Center, Camden, NJ - $5,000 to provide prescription eye wear for the Sight First for Kids and Families Program.  Sight First for Kids and Families Program provides free and low-cost comprehensive eye health and vision care to poor, low and moderate income, uninsured and under-insured residents and families. The South Jersey Eye Center’s (SJEC) mission is to reduce vision impairment by providing high-quality comprehensive free and low-cost eye and vision care to poor, low and moderate income, uninsured and under-insured residents of Camden City, Camden County and surrounding South Jersey areas.

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), 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. The LIGALY Project OUT: HIV/AIDS Outreach, Understanding, and Testing Program is an outreach, prevention education, testing, and supportive services program tailored for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) members of the Long Island population at disproportionately high risk for HIV/AIDS. LIGALY offers education, advocacy and social support services to Long Island's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth and young adults, and all individuals for whom sexuality, sexual identity, gender identity and HIV/AIDS are an issue.

Providence House, Inc., Brooklyn, NY - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the registered nurse practitioner for the Providence House's Family Health Service Program. The Providence House provides shelter and support to homeless, abused and formerly incarcerated women and their children in a hospitable, non-violent, compassionate and communal atmosphere. Beyond housing, Providence House provides residents with self-sufficiency training, medical screenings, job placement services and aftercare.

The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc., Flushing, NY - $5,000 to purchase medical supplies and pay lab fees for the Hepatitis B Screening/Vaccination Program. The mission of the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) is to support and assist members of the Korean community but not limited to them, to be healthy and productive individuals in this new homeland. Programs include health care services such as hepatitis B screening and vaccination, diabetes screening, immunization, tobacco control, breast and cervical cancer screening, as well as advocacy work to reduce existing health disparities and increase access to health care.

Center for Hearing and Communication, New York, NY - $4,500 to pay for office supplies, program space rent  and pay a portion of the salary of the audiologist and van driver for the Project PATH Program. Project PATH Program (Preschool Access to Hearing) brings accurate, mobile hearing screenings to underprivileged children by visiting preschools in under-served neighborhoods of New York City’s five boroughs. Founded in 1910, the mission of the Center for Hearing and Communication is to improve the quality of life for infants, children and adults with all degrees of hearing loss.

Berks Visiting Nurse Association, Wyomissing, PA - $5,000 to purchase and administer 430 flu vaccines to low income elderly or disabled adults as part of the Flu Vaccines for Vulnerable Adults Program. Berks Visiting Nurse Association provides home and community-based health care related services with a focus on helping individuals achieve a level of physical and emotional well-being and independence in their home of choice.

Chesapeake Health Investment Program, Chesapeake, VA - $9,100 to purchase 100 new cribs, pay a portion of the salary of the coordinator for the "sleeptight" Safe Sleeping Program.  "Sleeptight" Safe Sleeping provides parents safe sleeping educational sessions and a Graco Pack 'n Play crib at no cost in an effort to reduce the risk of SIDS. Founded in 1998, the mission of Chesapeake Health Investment Program (CHIP) is to build a healthy community by building a healthy child. Specific services include home visitation-based case management, child health assessments and health education, developmental screenings and referrals, one-on-one and group parent education, health insurance enrollment services and transportation to medical and human services appointments

Cross-Over Ministry, Inc., Henrico, VA - $5,000 to pay for eyeglasses and vision supplies for the CrossOver Vision Program. CrossOver Health Care Ministry (CrossOver) is a 501(c)3, faith-based free clinic providing health care and health education to people in need throughout the greater Richmond area. At the three clinics, Crossover provides an array of programs including family practice, dental, eye, HIV diagnosis and treatment, OB-GYN and mental health counseling. 

Education

Bridge House Inc., Bridgeport, CT - $5,000 to purchase textbooks and cover costs not covered by financial aid for the Education Program. Bridge House seeks to provide a positive, encouraging environment of programs and support which give persons with psychiatric disabilities opportunities to live productive and satisfying lives. Some key programs include the Work-ordered Day Program and Employment Program, Education Program, and Social Recreation Program. 

Bridgeport Public Education Fund (BPEF), Bridgeport, CT - $4,546 to purchase flash drives, copies of Spark Notes 100 Literature books and classification folders for the Mentoring for Academic Achievement and College Success Program. Mentoring for Academic Achievement and College Success Program (MAACS) addresses the high dropout rate and low college attendance of Bridgeport public high school students and assists them throughout a student’s college years.The Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Inc. (BPEF) develops programs and mobilizes the community for quality public education in Bridgeport, CT.

Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc., Bridgeport, CT - $10,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the tutor coordinator, as well as,purchase outreach materials and educational materials for the Tutoring Program.  The Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport provides literacy, education and life skills training to low-income women who do not have a high school diploma. The Tutoring Program educates 400 women who are matched with trained tutors for one-on-one or small group learning sessions, each appropriately matched for their skill levels.

Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), Inc., Danbury, CT - $5,000 to recruit, train and support six additional volunteer instructors and to purchase training and teaching books, videos and on-line resources for the LVA School Volunteer Training Program. The mission of LVA is to enable a diverse population to improve English language and academic skills needed to realize their full potential as successful community members. Additional programs include Family Literacy, Workplace Literacy and High School Equivalency (GED) test preparation.

ConnectiKids, Inc., Hartford, CT - $5,000 to purchase supplies, snacks, transportation and pay the direct service, program-related salary of the program assistant for the Tutoring/Mentoring Program. ConnectiKids is an independent youth development organization that provides after-school tutoring and academic assistance to low-income minority students.

buildOn, Stamford, CT - $5,000 to purchase educational materials and supplies for the buildOn Afterschool Program.   buildOn works with at-risk youth in urban high schools maximize the opportunities and benefits of education through a network of adult and peer support and the promotion of a safe and positive environment in which to grow and learn. They do this by providing programs in which youth contribute intensive local service, helping the homeless, seniors and children in their communities.

Junior Achievement of South Florida, Inc., Coconut Creek, FL - $5,000 to support the JA Biztown Educational Summer Camp for underserved youth to fund a portion of the salary for two program managers and five program assistants, and provide supplies for the camp, such as snacks, beverages, markers, pencils, construction paper and poster board. Junior Achievement (JA) provides a series of business, economic and life-skills programs to enhance the education of young people.

Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL - $4,750 to purchase books for the Reading Readiness through the Theater Program. The Broward Center provides free education programs, designed for children from low-income families. Reading Readiness through the Theater offers disadvantaged second and fourth grade students an opportunity to learn about reading through the performing arts and is aligned with curriculum and state standards for private, parochial, public and home-schooled students,

Impact Broward, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL - $5,000 to pay for tax free volunteer stipends for the Foster Grandparent Program for tutoring and mentoring children at risk of academic failure.  Impact Broward is a volunteer service organization for older adults who want to remain active, healthy and involved in their communities by contributing time to improve the lives of others

Sanctuary of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, FL - $4,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the academic tutor and supplies and materials for the Tutoring 4 Kids Program. Sanctuary of Northeast Florida offers a continuum of services including an after-school enrichment program, a summer camp and a small elementary school, using a home school model. During the after-school enrichment program, they offer homework assistance, a reading program, recreational and enrichment activities.

North Florida School of Special Education, Jacksonville, FL - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the horticulture trainer and to purchase supplies for the Berry Good Farms Program.  Berry Good Farms Program trains students in the field of horticulture and production of agricultural goods by ultimately providing compensated employment to a special needs group wanting to become independent, productive citizens in their community.The North Florida School of Special Education (NFSSE) is a comprehensive private school serving students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, as well as physical disabilities.

Easter Seals South Florida Miami, FL - $5,000 to purchase program supplies including aprons, hairnets, chef's hats, towels, cleaning and kitchen supplies, and food for The Culinary Arts High School Program. Easter Seals of South Florida provides services to ensure that all children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities

Children Have All Rights: Legal, Educational, Emotional (CHARLEE) of Dade County, Inc., Miami, FL - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salaries for the tutors and tutoring materials for the Educational Services Program. CHARLEE provides a number of programs, including foster care, adoptions services, family preservation and stabilization, independent living services, medical screenings for children within 72 hours from removal from their home and psychiatric Services.

City Year, Inc., Miami, FL - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the program manager and a corps member stipend for the Whole School, Whole Child Program.  Whole School, Whole Child Program focuses on improving student attendance, behavior and coursework through academic support, attendance monitoring and incentives, positive behavior support, after school programming and fostering a positive school climate.  Serving 3,900 clients in Miami-Dade County, City Year's mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. City Year was built with the conviction that one person can make a difference, and since its inception, City Year has promoted the vision of service as a common expectation and a real opportunity, for citizens around the world.

Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida (GSGCF), Inc., Sarasota, FL - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the program specialist and to help 50 girls pay for membership, books and sashes for the Lee, Hendry, Glades Counties Girl Scout Leadership Experience for Girl Scouts At-Risk Program.  GSGCF helps girls discover who they are, connect with others locally and globally and take action to make the world a better place. With a network of more than 3,000 committed volunteers and 29 qualified staff members, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, such as in leadership, strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

Achievement and Rehabilitations Centers (ARC), Inc., Sunrise, FL - $5,000 to purchase program supplies for 180 adult clients enrolled in the ARC's Habilitation Day Programs. Founded in 1956, Achievement and Rehabilitations, Inc. (aka ARC Broward) provides support and assistance to children and adults with mental retardation, autism, Down's Syndrome, cerebral palsy and other intellectual disabilities. The habilitation day programs include three-day programs for adults with disabilities providing educational, recreational, social and life skills support and training. 

Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc., Tampa, FL - $7,500 to pay for volunteer expenses for the Bridging Generations through Literacy Program. Seniors in Service recruits, trains and places volunteers to help children succeed and seniors live independently. Key initiatives include the Bridging Generations through Literacy Program, and their Senior Companion (SCP) and Foster Grandparent (FGP) programs, which are part of a national network of federal volunteer programs.    

Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO), Winter Park, FL - $5,000 to purchase classroom supplies and pay a portion of the salary of five program assistants’ for the Conductive Education Program.  The Conductive Education Center of Orlando combines physical and social educational methods to meet the unique needs of motor disabled children, to enable them to maximize their individual potential of functionality and independence in a safe, caring, group environment. Children from the age of 6 months to 18 years work on building the foundation skills required become functional, employable adults.   

Odyssey, Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to purchase food and snacks for 75 students in the Odyssey Elementary Program.  Odyssey is an educational non-profit organization partnering with the Atlanta Public Schools to serve students in grades 3-12 from economically disadvantaged communities. Odyssey's academic enrichment program focuses on students with unmet potential, preparing them for high school graduation and supporting them on their path to college.

Young Men's Christian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, Atlanta, GA - $5,000 to pay tuition costs for children, ages five to 12, from low-income families in the YMCA Prime Time After School Program.  Prime Time After School Program provides homework assistance, nutritious snacks, enrichment enhancements, arts & crafts, fitness components, social development and outside play in a safe, caring environment. Affiliated with Y-USA, the Atlanta YMCA, with 337 employees and more than 6,000 volunteers, is one of 2,000 Y associations in the United States. 

North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC), Roswell, GA - $2,500 to pay for computer training materials, curriculum and supplies for at least 20 new adult learners, a portion of the salary of the instructors and to purchase software licenses and items needed to conduct classes with seven participants for The Family Enrichment Program.  The Family Enrichment Program (FEP) helps families become better job candidates, self-sufficient and confident in their ability to provide for their family.NFCC strives to prevent homelessness in North Fulton by supporting and stabilizing families and individuals experiencing a crisis or an unexpected emergency. NFCC provides food, clothing, rental and utility assistance and other basic emergency needs to more than 5,000 clients.

Refugee Family Services, Stone Mountain, GA - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of a caseworker, employment training contractor and program supplies for the Youth Empowered for Success (YES) Program. YES provides individual mentorship and case management services to ensure that refugee youth graduate from high school prepared for success. Refugee Family Services (RFS) focuses on women and children by providing longer-term support after the 90-day resettlement period is over. Each year, RFS assists more than 2,500 refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and other crisis hot spots around the world.

Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc., Boston, MA - $5,000 to purchase curriculum and software for the organization’s Literacy Program, which provides a number of services for 550 students a year, including English Speakers of Other Languages classes, job placement and training programs and a GED program. The Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. (Catholic Charities) helps poor and working poor families and individuals improve their quality of life and increase their self-sufficiency.

Playworks Education Energized, Boston, MA - $5,000 to a portion of the salary of two Playworks coaches at A.C. Whelan School and Garfield Elementary School in Revere for the Playworks Revere Program.  Playworks seeks to reduce playground bullying and conflicts and improves school climate through fun, healthy, inclusive games and physical activity. Studies link physical activity and positive school climate to academic achievement. Playworks’ mentorship and youth development program sends trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps create a healthy school community

MY TURN INC. America's Youth Teenage Unemployment Reduction Network, Brockton, MA - $5,000 to  fund a portion of the salary of the part-time case manager for the Brockton GED Plus Program.  MY TURN is a community-based non-profit youth development agency working with 14 to 21 year-old in-school and out-of-school youth who are at a crossroad in their lives.

Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA) Inc., Franklin, MA - $5,000 to purchase computer lab equipment and supplies for the Employment Program. HMEA supports 2,700 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families by providing services including Children's Services, Family Supports, Residential Services, Supports and Day Services.    

The Literacy Project, Inc., Greenfield, MA - $10,000 to purchase two SMART Board instructional technology systems, wall mounting and two laptops for the Academic Classes and Transitions Services Program. The Literacy Project provides adult basic education programs and opportunities that support participants to engage meaningfully and equitably in the economic, social, cultural and civic life of their communities.

Operation Outreach-USA, Inc., Holliston, MA - $7,500 to purchase books and parent guides postage and deliver and pay a portion of the salary of program officers for the Operation Outreach-USA Literacy Program. Operation Outreach focuses on literacy and building strong character among elementary aged children, through a school-based program that helps children develop the skills necessary to be successful contributors to society.

The Italian Home for Children, Jamaica Plain, MA - $10,000 to purchase and install projectors, document cameras and equipment for the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program.  The Italian Home for Children serves children, of all nationalities and races between the ages of four and 14, with behavioral and family problems, many of them victims of abuse or neglect. Over the years, the Home added social workers, consulting psychologists and teachers, built a residential treatment center, added clinical and educational services and established an emergency shelter for at-risk children.   

Boston Local Development Corporation, Roxbury, MA - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the Supervising Coordinator, subsidize supplies, snacks, marketing and expenses for the WriteBoston Writing Center Program.  WriteBoston works to improve writing proficiency among the most academically challenged public high school students by matching teachers with expert writing coaches.The Boston Local Development Corporation manages key services in support of a strong economy for Boston. Working in partnership with neighborhood residents, the division provides a clear and integrated approach to economic investment that addresses the current and future needs of the city.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, North Beach, MD - $5,000 to defray the cost of food and educational supplies and materials in the EDUCATION MATTERS Program.  The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland (BGCSM) serves youth from economically disadvantaged families who are struggling daily to meet the needs of their children. The BGC helps to meet the challenges of these families by offering low cost or free out-of-school-time programming to youth that need it most.

Institute for Financial Literacy, Inc., South Portland, ME - $5,000 to pay for education materials, marketing and communications and supplies for the Senior Financial Safety Program.  The Institute for Financial Literacy seeks to make effective financial literacy education available to all American adults.

Communities In Schools of Charlotte Mecklenburg, Inc., Charlotte, NC - $7,500 to purchase supplies, family events, enrichment events, recognition and mentoring for the CIS Safety Net for Elementary School Students (K-5) Program. Communities In Schools of Charlotte Mecklenburg seeks to help at-risk students in the community overcome academic, social, and economic barriers to school success.

Classroom Central, Inc., Charlotte, NC - $7,500 to purchase notebooks and pens and pencils for the Free Store Program. Classroom Central equips students to effectively learn through the collection and distribution of free school supplies. Classroom Central also operates a Free Store where teachers and other authorized school personnel can obtain monthly free supplies to enable students from needy families to succeed academically.

North Carolina Theatre, Raleigh, NC - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the instructors and supplies for the Theatre4Change Workshop. The Stage2School Program educates, entertains and inspires students in classrooms and after school programs and provides a menu of theatre-based workshops and discussions tied to curriculum. The mission is to strengthen the cultural vitality of the region and cultivate musical theatre by producing professional Broadway musicals and developing the next generation of artists through youth training, performance and outreach programs.

Kramden Institute, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC - $5,000 to purchase computer components required to refurbish 80 used computers that will be awarded to students as part of the Computer Refurbishing and Awards Program.  Kramden has awarded more than 10,000 computers to deserving students across 57 of North Carolina's 100 counties. By working in tandem with partners, they help refurbish, recycle and reuse used computers and then give them a second life in a student's home.

YMCA of Greater Manchester: Greater Manchester Family, Manchester, NH - $5,000 to fund a portion of the salary for program staff in the Youth Opportunities Unlimited Dropout Prevention Program.  The program is a comprehensive solution to prevent school dropout and enhance school success by provding support before, during and after school. The YMCA offers programs and services that build healthy mind, body and spirit in people of all ages through a variety of physical, social and community activities.

Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Nashua, Merrimack, NH -$5,000 to purchase healthy snacks and supplies for the YMCA Afterschool Healthy Eating Program. The YMCA of Greater Nashua offers programs and services to engage individuals of all ages and abilities in activities that promote good health, strong families, youth leadership and a sense of community.

Exalt Youth, Brooklyn, NY - $7,500 to pay for program activities and stipends for paid internships for the Internship Program.  With eight employees, Exalt Youth's mission is to transform the lives of court-involved youth by equipping them with the skills and experience necessary to become self-sufficient members of society. They accomplish this mission through the Educational Internship Program, which serves 150 New York City court-involved youth, ages 15-19, annually.

The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP), Inc., Brooklyn, NY - $5,000 to purchase supplies for the LAMPlatoon Program. LAMPlatoon, an online media literacy initiative created  to grow advertising literacy and fair use awareness.  LAMP's vision is that one day media literacy will be seen as the critical requirement to understanding the world and our place in it.  LAMP works in communities to build healthy relationships with all forms of media and has worked with public schools and community organizations throughout New York City, many of which are in at-risk neighborhoods like the South Bronx, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Ozone Park..

Fund for Public Schools, Inc., New York, NY - $10,000 to purchase books for the My Own Book Fund Program.  Established in 1999, the Fund for Public Schools is dedicated to improving New York City's public schools by attracting private investment in school reform and encouraging greater involvement by all New Yorkers in the education of children. In 2011, they had more than 4,000 children go through their program and were able to provide them with more than 30,000 free books.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse (LVGS), Syracuse, NY - $5,000 to purchase food, professional fees, supplies for new tutors, as well as photocopying and office supplies for the LVGS Tutor Training Program. LVGS focuses on training volunteers to provide instruction to adults with limited literacy skills and English language proficiency. LVGS provides services to more than 250 adult students each year, including assessment and referral, small group instruction, and one-to-one tutoring.

Careers for People with Disabilities, Inc., Valhalla, NY - $5,000 to pay a portion of the salary of the employment ppecialist and to update and purchase materials for the program for the Workforce Readiness, Placement and Training Program. The employment specialist will teach a weekly class and provide direct services such as job placement and on-the-job training.  Careers for People with Disabilities (CPD) seeks to find productive employment for individuals with learning, developmental, psychiatric and/or physical disabilities; provide extensive on-the-job training and ongoing support services; educate employers and the community about the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities; and form effective partnerships with employees, employers and families.

Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Cleveland, OH - $5,000 to purchase credit scores and supplies for the Women In Transition (WIT) Program.  WIT  provides financial aid and education workshops that further educate and enhance the participants’ understanding of the challenges they face. Cuyahoga Community College Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks funding for educational programs and student scholarships for Cuyahoga Community College.

Seeds of Literacy, Cleveland, OH - $5,000 to purchase tests, paper, student recruitment cards, office supplies and to produce a student newsletter for the Seeds of Literacy Program.  Seeds of Literacy seeks to provide a personalized, free and easily accessible adult literacy program that empowers adults to succeed in their communities. They provide students supplementary opportunities, such as job fairs, career planning, book club and assistance with exploring options for higher education. Recently, they also became an approved GED testing site.

Kent State University Foundation, Kent, OH - $5,000 to purchase 50 Teacher Kits and 75 Writers' Kits as well as Specialty Certificates for participating ABLE student-authors and their teachers for the Ohio Literacy Resource Center Beginnings15 Program. Ohio Literacy Resource Center (OLRC) stimulates joint planning and coordination of literacy services and enhances the capacity of state and local organizations and service delivery systems to provide adult literacy services. Kent State University Foundation, receives, manages and invests funds on behalf of Kent State University and in accordance with donor wishes.

Mosser Village Family Center, Allentown, PA - $5,000 to purchase supplies including journals, pencils, copy paper, cooking supplies, construction paper, art supplies, books on tape for the listening center and other miscellaneous supplies for 50 children that attend the Mosser Village AfterSchool Program.  Mosser Village Family Center seeks to build stronger families in a stronger community for the good of one another. The Center provides youth mentoring, after school programs in conjunction with the Mosser Elementary School. 

Chester Education Foundation, Chester, PA - $5,000 to purchase snacks, supplies, and board games for the more than 500 participants in the 21st Century Afterschool Program.  The Chester Education Foundation (CEF) seeks to build critically needed educational, enrichment and prevention programs for students from elementary through adult; facilitate community-wide revitalization efforts in the City of Chester; increase the involvement of residents in the planning and delivery of services; and help local health, social and human service agencies to better serve citizens in the Chester Upland School District.

Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA - $10,000 to pay a portion of the of the staff's salaries and art supplies for the Youth Arts Workshop Program.  The Asian Arts Initiative seeks to build a stronger community and greater cross-cultural understanding through participation in the arts.

United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA - $5,000 to purchase materials for the math, technology and reading after school curriculum, as well as professional development and trainings for staff for the United Technologies After-School Program.  United Communities promotes the educational and economic advancement of individuals and families within its host neighborhoods.

Community Progress Council (CPC), Inc., York, PA - $5,000 To pay a portion of the salary of the Instructor, counselor, as well as purchase instructional supplies for the GED Fast Track Program. The Community Progress Council seeks to provide everyone with the opportunities, resources, and skills to move toward self-sufficiency. CPC has programs (including Head Start, Case Management, Work Ready, WIC, Foster Grandparents, GED Fast Track Program and Senior Community Service Employment Program) and community centers at several locations in York County.

Homefront Health Care, Providence, RI - $7,500 to the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training & Career Ladder Program.  CNA Training and Career Ladder Program provides training to serve the state’s growing elderly population.  Homefront provides skilled nursing and therapies to clients in Rhode Island cities and towns. Key Programs include nurse-supervised medication management, CNA services, specialized care, homemaker services, lifeline emergency response system and pediatric nursing/respite care.

The Kent Center for Human & Organizational Development, Inc., Warwick, RI - $3,800 to purchase three laptop computers for The Briggs School's Enhancing Education thru Technology Program. The Briggs School’s Enhancing Education Through Technology Program’s goal is to provide a Technology Center at the school.The Kent Center in Warwick, RI serves 4,000 men, women and children a year through a wide-range of behavioral health services. To serve the behavioral and emotional needs of students struggling in public school, the Kent Center established The Eleanor Briggs School in 1980.

Children's Museum of Richmond, Richmond, VA - $5,000 to purchase books for the Book Nook Program. Book Nook Program highlights the importance of reading to young children each March during National Reading Month by providing books.  The Children's Museum of Richmond offers a number of programs, including Field Trips, Weekly Toddler Time, Book Nook Program, Art Classes, and exclusive Special Needs classes and museum access.

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.