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BJ’s Charitable Foundation distributed 92 grants totaling $569,160 to various local nonprofit organizations

Recipient organizations focused on supporting vital, basic needs –Education, healthcare, hunger prevention and self sufficiency

Westborough, MA, US, 2014-1-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Charitable Foundation announces the distribution of 92 grants totaling $569,160 to various local nonprofit organizations that support the health and overall well-being of children and families residing in the communities surrounding BJ’s Wholesale Clubs.

“BJ’s is not your average chain,” said Jessica Newman, executive director for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “If we have a club in your community, you better believe that we consider ourselves a part of that community too, and we strive to help our communities grow and prosper because when they thrive, we do too.”

Since its inception in 2005, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated over $19 million to more than 2,200 community organizations. The noted organizations receiving grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation submitted proposals between 10/12/2013 – 01/10/2014. All recipients are 501(c)3 charitable organizations that support services in the regions where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located.

Detailed information regarding grant recipients and amounts follows.


•    Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, Hartford CT: $5,000 to provide books, thumb drives and headphones for low literate adults for the Job Readiness Program.

•    Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Hartford, CT: $3,000 to provide training, programs and newsletters for mentors and educational materials for the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy Program.

•    Norwalk Education Foundation, Norwalk, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct-service program-related portion of salaries for job coaches and teachers while the district transitions to the new math curriculum in the Implementing Common Core Standards in Math Program.

•    National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund, Inc., Dover, DE: $5,000 to purchase customer credit reports for the Stand by Me Financial Coaching program.

•    Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL: $5,000 to supply food for college tours and program supplies for the College and Career Exploratory Program.

•    Women’s Center of Jacksonville, Inc., Jacksonville: FL, $5,000 to support public transportation bus cards, GED test fees and a portion of the program-related direct-service salary for the program coordinator of the Expanded Horizons Literacy Program.

•    Hibiscus Children’s Center, Inc., Jensen Beach, FL: $5,000 to supply educational materials and a portion of the program-related, direct-service coordinator’s salary for the Literacy Program at the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter.

•    United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc., Leesburg, FL: $5,000 to fund the direct-service, program-related portion of salaries for teachers in the Rally for Reading Program at Clermont Elementary School.

•    Everybody Wins! Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $5,000 to purchase books for StoryTime performances and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the StoryTime Coordinator  for the StoryTime Program.

•    East Lake Foundation, Inc., Atlanta, GA: $5,000 to fund the direct-service, program-related portion of the salaries for Junior Program Assistants for the After School Program.

•    Future Foundation, Inc., East Point, GA: $5,000 to provide gas, healthy snacks and curriculum guide sets for the Reed House Learning & Teen Center After School Program.

•    Children’s Restoration Network, Roswell, GA: $10,000 to provide educational items and extra curricular activity supplies and to pay the direct service program-related portion of the salary of the Coordinator for the Project One-on-One Program.

•    United South End Settlements, Boston, MA: $5,000 to purchase supplies, copies, GED Math Books, Reading Comprehension Books, ESOL Pronunciation and IXL online software and membership for Adult Basic Education and ESOL Program.

•    Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Boston, MA: $10,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for a social worker who provides mental health assessment, treatment and care coordination for the Kid’s Day Therapeutic After-School and Summer Program.

•    The City on a Hill Foundation, Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 to fund numeracy supplies and recruitment tools for the CoaHCORPS Tutorial Program.

•    Generations Incorporated, Boston, MA: $10,000 to support mentoring session and classroom support supplies, volunteer training, advertising, recruitment and payment for the direct service, program-related portion of stipends for three site team leaders for the Revere AARP Experience Corps Program.

•    Vietnam Veterans Workshop, Inc., Boston, MA: $2,500 to provide textbooks, training material and office supplies for the Veterans Training School Program.

•    School On Wheels of Massachusetts, Inc., Brockton, MA: $7,500 to purchase transit passes for college students, backpacks, books, dorm supplies, fees and various items not covered by financial aid for the Educating Children and Youth Impacted by Homelessness Program.

•    Epiphany School, Inc., Dorchester, MA: $5,000 to provide reading enrichment materials, special education support materials and program-related field trips and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salaries for the teachers of the Reading Enrichment Program.

•    Child & Family Services, Inc., New Bedford, MA: $5,000 to support a portion of travel costs and the direct-service, program-related portion of the salaries of the program coordinator and case worker for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater New Bedford Program.

•    The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc., Roxbury, MA: $10,000 to fund a portion of e-readers for middle school and high school students, scholarships and cultural- and college tour- trips for the Victory Generation Program.

•    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Nashua, NH: $5,000 to purchase Build-It Kits and FIRST Lego Robotics supplies, as well as an online educational tool (Kids College) for the Project Learn Program.

•    YMCA of Princeton, NJ, Princeton, NJ: $5,000 to fund the salaries of the teachers who provide instructions for youth receiving homework help and tutoring in the Princeton Young Achievers Program.

•    Summit Academy Charter School, Brooklyn, NY: $5,000 to fund SAT practice guides, career readiness guides and computer licenses for SAT/PSAT preparation software for the College Preparation Program.

•    Compeer West Inc., Buffalo, NY: $4,800 to fund stipends for volunteers and to purchase tickets to sporting and other community events, as well as gas cards to offset travel costs for the Compeer for Kids Program.

•    East Coast Assistance Dogs, Inc, Dobbs Ferry, NY: $5,000 to purchase instructional supplies for the ECADemy Program.

•    Korean American Family Services, Flushing, NY: $5,000 for textbooks, playground balls, paper, storybooks, art supplies and transportation for one field trip for the Hodori After-School Program.

•    Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY: $10,000 to fund supplies and snacks for the summer component, a portion of transportation costs, as well as a portion of the direct services program-related salary of the bilingual teacher for the Together to Kindergarten Program.

•    Harlem Academy, New York, NY: $12,500 to support the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the school counselor, transportation, entry fees, lunches for two mentoring field trips and supplies needed for after-school for the Mentoring and Tutoring Program.

•    Harlem Center for Education, Inc., New York, NY: $5,000 to purchase iPads, learning tools, SAT Prep class materials and after school curriculum materials for the Middle and High School College Access Program.

•    Association to Benefit Children, New York, NY: $5,000 to for learning tools, school supplies and art supplies for ABC’s Youth Services Program.

•    Children’s Arts & Science Workshops, Inc., New York, NY: $4,960 to purchase computer tablets, LEGO Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) software and LEGO simple and motorize mechanisms base sets for use in The After School Community Learning Centers STEM Program.

•    Northampton Area Public Library, Northampton, PA: $1,700 to fund a subscription to the TumbleBook Library and supplies for the Family Storytime 2.0 Program.

•    Connection Training Services, Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to purchase vocational training program learning tools and supplies, printing costs for class hand-outs, construction trades tools (including tool belts for participants) for the YouthBuild Program.

•    Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership, Inc, Warwick, RI: $10,000 to fund training and activity materials, mentor recruitment events and memberships, mentor background checks and direct-service program-related portions of program coordinator salaries for the Literacy Mentoring Program.

•    Girls For A Change, San Jose, VA: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the program manager, as well as team supplies, including markers, paper and craft supplies for the Girl Action Teams Program.



•    AmeriCares Free Clinics, Inc., Stamford, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion salary for a nurse practitioner in the Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport Program.

•    Riverside Community Care, Inc., Cambridge, MA: $5,000 to provide grocery gift cards, mattresses, diapers, baby wipes, blankets and therapeutic play games for use in the Family Clinic Program.

•    Cape Cod Healthcare Inc., Hyannis, MA: $5,000 to purchase mobile wireless conference phones, as well as the phone installation and training, for the CCHC Interpreter Program IPOP Fund Program.

•    Coltrane LIFE Center, Inc., Concord, NC: $4,100 to purchase healthcare and first aid supplies, as well as the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the health care coordinator for the Adult Day Healthcare Services Program.

•    Matthews Free Medical Clinic, Matthews, NC: $5,000 to fund medical supplies and to pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the registered nurses performing the spirometer tests for the COPD Patient Program.

•    NH Children’s Trust, Inc., Concord, NH: $4,000 to provide fifty Face-to-Face training packets, staff travel to training, staff development and the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the Strengthening Families Program director.

•    Cayuga County Community Health Network, Inc., Auburn, NY: $5,000 to purchase dental supplies for the Brush to Crush Cavities Program.

•    Children’s Health Fund, New York, NY: $10,000 to support the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of a full-time pediatrician for the New York Children’s Health Program.

•    Mature Services, Inc., Akron, OH: $5,000 to fund mileage reimbursement for errand services provided for homebound clients of the Homecare Program.

•    Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester, PA: $5,000 to supply disposable dental supplies including patient bibs, tray covers, syringe tips, sponges and amalgam, as well as small parts for handheld dental instruments for the Free Dental Care for Uninsured Families in Chester County Program.

•    Rhode Island Free Clinic, Providence, RI: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the Clinic Nurse in the From Crisis to Care: A Statewide Model of Coordinated Healthcare for Uninsured, Low-Income Adults Program.

•    Virginia Dental Association Foundation, Richmond, VA: $5,000 to purchase disposable dental supplies and one-step denture unit templates and to pay to repair or replace small dental hand instruments and other dental equipment for the Mission of Mercy Program.


Hunger Prevention 

•    Hands on Hartford, Hartford, CT: $5,000 to purchase food for the MANNA Community Pantry Program.

•    Martin House, Inc., Norwich, CT: $5,000 to pay for food for the Basic Needs Program.

•    Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Inc., Vernon, CT: $3,000 to purchase food for the Meals on Wheels Program.

•    Food Bank of Delaware, Inc., Newark, DE: $12,500 to fund fuel, tolls, repairs, maintenance, storage boxes and the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for the driver for the Expanded Fields of Hope Program.

•    Lutheran Community Services, Wilmington, DE: $5,000 to purchase food for the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

•    HOPE HELPS INC, Oviedo, FL: $5,000 to provide food and pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the food pantry and resource coordinators for The Kids of HOPE Enrichment Program.

•    Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta, GA: $7,500 to provide food for the Increasing Food Distribution Program.

•    Victory Programs, Inc., Boston, MA: $10,000 for food for the Boston Living Center Nutrition and Meals Enhancement Program.

•    The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc., Boston, MA: $15,000 to purchase food for the Kids Cafe Program.

•    Rosie’s Place, Inc., Boston, MA: $12,500 to fund food for the Women & Children at Rosie’s Place Food Program.

•    Cooperative Elder Services, Inc., Lexington, MA: $2,100 to purchase food for the Therapeutic Nutrition For Elders Program.

•    Open Pantry Community Services, Inc., Springfield, MA: $5,000 for non-perishable food and groceries, infant formula and diapers for the Emergency Food Pantry Program.

•    Community Action Council of Howard County, MD. Inc., Columbia, MD: $5,000 to provide food, as well as seeds and small plants, for the Howard County Food Bank Program.

•    Farmer Foodshare Inc, Chapel Hill, NC: $5,000 to purchase fresh local produce for the Pennies on the Pound Food Market Program.

•    Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey: Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Cherry Hill, NJ: $5,000 for food for the Family Assistance Program and Food Pantry Program.

•    Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, Inc., Morristown, NJ: $10,000 to buy food and supplies for the Outreach Center Program.

•    Newark Emergency Services for Families, Inc. (NESF), Newark, NJ: $7,500 to purchase food for the Food & Clothing Pantry Program.

•    Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, Toms River, NJ: $3,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of salary of the Volunteer Coordinator for the Easing Hunger Program.

•    Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY: $11,000 to purchase 11,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Stocking Our Shelves Program.

•    Foodlink, Inc., Rochester, NY: $12,500 to buy food for Foodlink’s Cooking Matters Program.

•    Capital District Community Gardens, Troy, NY: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the outreach assistant for the Squash Hunger Program.

•    Mobile Meals, Inc., Akron, OH: $12,500 to purchase meals and supplements and to pay for fuel and vehicle maintenance for the Meals and Supplements for Children, the Disabled and the Elderly Who are Unable to Pay Program.

•    Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services, Avon Lake, OH: $5,000 to purchase food, household supplies and personal hygiene products for the Hunger Prevention Program.

•    Cleveland Foodbank, Inc., Cleveland, OH: $7,500 to provide food for the Children’s Nutrition Initiative Program.

•    Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia, PA: $5,000 to purchase food for Vivian’s Pantry Emergency Food Bank Program.

•    Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington, VA: $5,000 for perishable food for the General Distribution Program.

•    FeedMore, Inc., Richmond, VA: $10,000 to purchase food for the BackPack Program.


Self Sufficiency


•    Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Bridgeport, CT: $5,000 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the Resident Services Coordinator salary for the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust’s Project Success Program.

•    New Haven Diaper Bank, Inc., New Haven, CT: $7,500 to supply diapers for families in need through the Diaper Distribution Network Program.

•    Family Promise of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL: $4,500 to fund the direct service, program-related portion of the salary for a case manager, fund transportation expenses, as well as purchase hygiene items and cleaning supplies, for the Back to Work, Back to Home Program.

•    The Center For Drug-Free Living, Inc., Orlando, FL: $4,000.00 to purchase food, household cleaning and laundry supplies, clothing for school, job interviews and work in the Helping Others Make the Effort (H.O.M.E.) Program.

•    Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc., Boston, MA: $10,000 to provide direct service, program-related salary support for four Child Services Coordinators (CSCs), who develop and implement recruitment plans to find adoptive parents for high-risk youth in foster care and to help fund venue rental and refreshments for Adoption Parties/Information Events in the Child Services Program.

•    Crittenton Women’s Union, Inc., Boston, MA: $5,000 to purchase home supplies, literacy materials and refreshments, fund staff travel and pay the direct service, program-related portion of the salary of the case manager/domestic violence specialist for the Horizons: Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Achieve Self-Sufficiency Program.

•    Pine Street Inn, Inc., Boston, MA: $12,500 to supply 2,500 meals at a cost of $5 per meal to homeless men served through the Men’s Inn Food Services Program.

•    South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc., Framingham, MA: $5,000 to provide “Welcome Home” baskets, which include toiletries, socks, undergarments, bathrobes, cleaning products, linens, as well as 600 bus passes, for clients served through the Common Ground Resource Center Program.

•    Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services Incorporated, Roxbury, MA: $5,000 to purchase shelter supplies, including hygiene items, diapers and food to support families in the Family Shelter Program.

•    Triangle Family Services, Raleigh, NC: $5,000 to provide direct service, program related salary support for a case manager, who helps clients to obtain and maintain permanent housing through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program.

•    Shelter Our Sisters, Inc., Hackensack, NJ: $5,000 to fund direct service, program related salary support for a bilingual case manager in the Project Self-Sufficiency Program.

•    Family Guidance Center Corporation, Hamilton, NJ: $5,000 to provide food vouchers, prescription refills, seasonal clothing and other personal items, and to pay utilities, rent, and/or mortgage payments or legal fees related to eviction proceedings for the Economic Crisis Emergency Fund Program.

•    The Willow Tree, Inc., Morris Plain, NJ: $5,000 to fund a direct service, program-related portion of the certified alcohol and drug counselor, who provides class instruction for adult learners, and to purchase refreshments for classes in the Living Willow Wise Life Skills Program.

•    Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc., Plainfield, NJ: $10,000 to purchase furniture, household cleaning supplies and building maintenance supplies for families served through the Transitional Housing Program.

•    Neighborhood Association for Inter-Cultural Affairs, Bronx, NY: $5,000 to buy clothing and shoes for homeless clients served through the Transitional Housing Facility Program.

•    Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY Inc. aka Polish Community Center, Buffalo, NY: $5,000 for an outreach van for the Matt Urban Hope Center-Homeless Outreach Program.

•    Transitional Services for New York, Inc., Whitestone, NY: $5,000 to purchase technology and software supplies, as well as Career Abilities Placement Surveys and related advertising outreach in the Vocational Program.

•    Eastern Henrico FISH, Inc., Henrico, VA: $5,000 to support financial assistance for households, including rent, mortgage and utility payments, for the Direct Emergency Financial Assistance Program.


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,


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