BJ’s Wholesale Club through partnership with DonorsChoose.org donates $100,000 to fund classroom projects in Summerville and Charleston

BJ’s Wholesale Club through partnership with DonorsChoose.or donates $100,000 to fund classroom projects in Summerville and Charleston

 

CHARLESTON, S.C., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today ( Jan. 26, 2017) announced that it funded all classroom projects listed by teachers in Charleston, Summerville and neighboring communities through crowd-funding website DonorsChoose.org. The $100,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation fulfilled 141 teacher-led projects, benefiting 846 students in 65 local schools.

“At BJ’s, our commitment to our members extends far beyond the outstanding value and quality found at our Clubs,” said Kirk Saville, senior vice president, corporate communications, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We’re pleased to make this donation to celebrate our entrance to the Summerville community, and we’re thrilled to be able to help enrich learning in Lowcountry classrooms through our partnership with DonorsChoose.org.”

BJ’s donation supports a diverse variety of projects in Summerville, Charleston, North Charleston and the surrounding area. Projects funded include:

  • Supplies to increase digital reading experiences at home and to print students’ published writing and portfolio projects
  • Basic essentials such as new backpacks to help students carry their supplies to and from school each day
  • Outdoor musical instruments that will allow students to use creative thinking abilities and fine motor skills to produce different types of music during recess and academic arts time

“We are so grateful for the support of BJ’s Wholesale Club as they celebrate the opening of their new Summerville location,” said Rianne Roberts, partnerships manager at DonorsChoose.org. “Their support will bring learning to life for so many students in the communities of Summerville and Charleston.”

As part of its Adopt-a-School program and collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, BJ’s has contributed more than $2 million to help equip teachers at over 2,500 public and charter elementary schools with the resources necessary to create innovative lesson plans and meet curriculum objectives.

The BJ’s Wholesale Club is scheduled to open in Spring 2017, and will be located at the intersection of Interstate 26 and North Main Street, Summerville’s primary retail corridor. The Club will be the first in South Carolina, expanding BJ’s footprint to 16 states and marking club #215 for the company. The Club will also feature a BJ’s Gas® station, saving Members even more.

BJ’s biggest advantage is fresh food – produce, dairy, meat and deli.

A BJ’s Membership is filled with added convenience.

  • BJ’s offers the best value of any supermarket or club.
    • BJ’s everyday prices on the key items that families buy most often are significantly better value than supermarkets, saving families up to 25 percent or more.
    • The company is the only major wholesale club that accepts manufacturers’ coupons, offering families another great way to save.
    • Its own brands, Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms, let families save without sacrificing quality or fun.
  • Members buy 65 percent more fresh food from BJ’s than from other clubs.
  • BJ’s is the only major wholesale club to offer a full-service deli with premium meats and cheeses.
  • Members are able to choose fresh meats cut to their specifications. BJ’s butchers will recut and repackage at no charge.
      • BJ’s offers the most payment options of any major wholesale club.
      • Members are able to research, shop and install electronics with help from BJ’s Tech Advisors.
      • Its new Pick Up & Pay® program allows shoppers to stock up by reserving items online and then picking up in-club.
      • Members can save time and money by filling up their tanks at BJ’s. The company’s gas prices are among the lowest around.

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer surveys on household spending, the BJ’s Wholesale Club could save area shoppers more than $40 million a year.

Shoppers can learn more about BJ’s Wholesale Club by going to www.bjs.com.

Towns funded include: Charleston, Cross, Dorchester, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Huger, Johns Island, Ladson, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, St. George and Summerville.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000 by a Bronx history teacher, DonorsChoose.org has raised over $500 million for America’s classrooms. Teachers come to DonorsChoose.org to request the materials and experiences they need most for their classrooms, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. To date, 2.4 million people and partners have funded projects on the site, reaching 21 million students and making DonorsChoose.org the leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools. DonorsChoose.org is the only crowdfunding platform that vets each request, delivers materials directly to schools, and captures the impact of every funded project with photos, thank yous, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. In 2014, DonorsChoose.org made the top 10 of Fast Company’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, the first time a charity has received such recognition.

For further information:
Jennie Hardin
jhardin@bjs.com
774-512-6978

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Staples funded 214 local classroom projects in the Boston, Cambridge and Metrowest communities as part of its $10m pledge to Think it Up™

Staples Gives 173 Public School Teachers the Supplies They Need through DonorsChoose.org

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & BOSTON, 2015-9-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced that it funded 214 local classroom projects in the Boston,Cambridge and Metrowest communities, as part of its recent $10 million pledge to Think it Up™, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) that seeks to inaugurate a new movement in support of students, teachers and schools, creating a culture of excitement about learning everywhere in America. This fall, Think It Up, in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, will launch a platform to fund student-powered, teacher-led learning projects in classrooms across the country.

Red Sox Pitcher and Think It Up ambassador Joe Kelly attended the announcement in support of Boston’s students and teachers. “It’s great knowing this generous donation will help make meaningful learning projects happen in classrooms throughout the Boston area, thanks to Think It Up, DonorsChoose.org, and Staples’ commitment to supporting students,” Kelly said.

Since its founding in 2000, DonorsChoose.org has helped fund more than 236,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 14 million students. Today, in the Greater Boston area, Staples fully funded every project on DonorsChoose.org in Boston Public Schools, Cambridge Public Schools and Metrowest communities. More than $204,000 was donated to help 173 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 14,063 students across 85 schools in theGreater Boston area.

“We’re thrilled to fund all of the projects in the Boston, Cambridge and Metrowest communities and to work with the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Think It Upinitiative and DonorsChoose.org to ensure classrooms have the supplies and resources they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Through our Staples for Students program, we’re proud to build on our rich history of supporting education with our $10 millionpledge to Think It Up that will make a difference in America’s classrooms.”

A recent survey conducted by Staples found almost three-quarters of parents agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students. Additionally, the survey revealed that 76 percent agree that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend more than $400 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms.

“We are so grateful to Staples for their support of teachers and students throughThink It Up,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “Their incredible gesture today will ensure that Boston teachers won’t have to dig as deep into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, and that students will have the materials they need to start the school year right.”

The flash funding in the Greater Boston area is part of Staples’ $10 million pledge to Think It Up which will inspire students to pursue their passions by working on collaborative learning projects. To help support the Think It Up movement, customers can donate one dollar at a Staples store near them or visit www.thinkitup.org to learn more.

“EIF is truly grateful to Staples for joining Think It Up as its lead corporate donor, and helping the Boston, Cambridge and Metrowest communities get the school year off to a terrific start illustrates how deeply committed the company is to ensuring students and teachers have what they need to create learning experiences that make a genuine impact and prepare students for future success,” said Lisa Paulsen, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About Staples for Students
Staples has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing campaign that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed for a successful education. The Staples for Students campaign includes school supply donations, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests and more than a million people have donated $330 million to projects that inspire them. All told, over 14 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology and other resources that they need to learn.

About The Entertainment Industry Foundation
The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), established in 1942, harnesses the collective power of the entire industry to generate awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), EIF’s largest initiative, helps accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly. Since its founding seven years ago, SU2C has launched 16 collaborative “Dream Teams” comprising over 940 scientists from 123 leading institutions around the world. That research, including 151 planned, initiated or completed clinical trials, has led to Food and Drug Administration approval of two new treatments. In just 15 months, Hunger Is, EIF’s collaboration with The Safeway Foundation, has significantly raised awareness of childhood hunger in the United States and over $10 Million to support breakfast, afterschool and out-of-school meal programs.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Kristine Houston, 508-253-8468
Kristine.Houston@Staples.com
or
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly at the Staples "Think It Up" press announcement held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the W Boston Hotel. Staples announced today that it funded 214 local classroom projects in the Greater Boston area, as part of its recent $10 million pledge to ÒThink it UpÓ, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/Invision for Staples/AP Images)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly at the Staples “Think It Up” press announcement held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the W Boston Hotel. Staples announced today that it funded 214 local classroom projects in the Greater Boston area, as part of its recent $10 million pledge to ÒThink it UpÓ, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/Invision for Staples/AP Images)