JCC Receives Staples Foundation Grant
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center’s Blaustein Early Childhood Center has been awarded $5,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.
According to Laura Friedman, Executive Director of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), “This generous grant from the Staples Foundation will be awarded to families in financial need in our local community so that their children can receive much needed child care and educational programs provided by the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center. We thank Jed Weinstein, a JCC member and Staples associate, for choosing the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center for this generous grant,” she added.
This Staples grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.
In 2014, Staples awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 1,056 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, job skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.
“Staples Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Emily McCann, senior manager of community and giving for Staples, Inc.
About Staples Community and Giving: Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For additional information, visit www.staples.com/community.