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SOURCE BJ’s Charitable Foundation
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Oct.15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today BJ's Charitable Foundation announced a donation of $754,220 to 108 nonprofit organizations in the 15 states where BJ's Wholesale Clubs are located. Established in 2005 with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities BJ's serves, the mission of BJ's Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. The donated funds will be dispersed to organizations that focus in four areas: hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, health care and education.
In the area of education, BJ's Charitable Foundation will support 30 nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. The foundation will donate more than $180,000 to purchase supplies for literacy skills and assist with mentoring, tutoring and career development programs.
Eighteen organizations that provide healthcare services to individuals and families that would not normally have access to healthcare will receive more than $135,000.The funds will help supply medical clinics and aid in costs for health prevention services, prescription co pays and supplies for various health screenings.
BJ's Charitable Foundation will donate $308,500 to 39 organizations with programs to help prevent and alleviate hunger. The grants will help shelters, food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries purchase and distribute food to those living with and suffering from hunger.
Twenty-one nonprofits that provide temporary or emergency services to those who have the goal of becoming independent members of society will receive $127,500. The grants will enhance shelter programs; provide funds to purchase supplies, clothing and personal hygiene products for residents and fund programs that offer families a temporary and safe shelter.
"BJ's Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the lives of those who need a little extra help," said Jessica Newman, Executive Director for the BJ's Charitable Foundation. "These donations will assist thousands of individuals and families, resulting in a better community for us all."
Since its inception, the BJ's Charitable Foundation has donated more than $18 million to nearly 2,100 community organizations. The noted organizations receiving grants from BJ's Charitable Foundation submitted proposals in July 2013. All recipients are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ's Wholesale Clubs are located.
To see a full list of the grantees, please go to http://www.bjs.com/about/news/content/item1,441.shtml
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.
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