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Staples Foundation gives $3,500 to Boys & Girls Club

August 02, 2013

Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples Inc., awarded $3,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Washington County under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

The grant will be used to support its teen leadership program and club member reading program. The program sets expectations for teens, such as punctuality, dressing appropriately for work, and following club rules.

The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation, which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to nonprofit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program 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.

“This program is mutually beneficial to our teens as well as to our younger club members,” said Jim Deaner, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. “The younger club members enjoy having the teens spend time with them and the teens are developing skills and confidence that will help them in the classroom as well as in the workplace.”

The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2012, associates globally directed more than $2.1 million of Staples Foundation grants to 470 nonprofit organizations.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local nonprofit organizations that matter to them most.”

  For more information, go to www.staples.com/community.

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