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BJ`s Charitable Foundation contributes more than $590,000 to 79 nonprofits


BJ's Charitable Foundation announced today that it has donated $591,600 to 79 nonprofits that focus on providing services in the form of hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, health care or education to those in need that reside in the communities BJ's serves.

'Not only is BJ's Wholesale Club extremely proud to serve our Members, the company believes it's equally important to support the communities in which we have clubs,' said Jessica Newman, manager of community relations for BJ's Wholesale Club. 'BJ's Charitable Foundation will continue to put a strong emphasis on giving back to local communities that support basic needs.' Below is a list by state of the 79 organizations that received grants through BJ's Charitable Foundation.

Malta House, Inc. (Norwalk) - $8,000 to purchase food, baby supplies and provide babysitting associated with the Malta House Resident Program. The Malta House Resident Program houses single, homeless, young mothers who are either pregnant or parenting babies under age three. All of the women are living below the poverty line and are primarily from Southwestern Connecticut.

The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County (Bridgeport) - $5,000 to cover a portion of the non-administrative salaries for two staff members in the Family Strengthening Services Program. The staff members, referred to as Family Strengthening Service Advocates, offer a continuum of care consisting of short-term advocacy and referral services to ensure that domestic and sexual violence victims are safe, housed, fed, clothed and supported along their path to self-sufficiency and healthier living.

YWCA Delaware, Inc. (Wilmington) - $5,500 to support the Home Life Management Center (HLMC) with purchasing food and clothing for clients. HLMC provides temporary housing supported by individualized case management services to set homeless families on the path to independence.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (Sarasota) - $10,000 to purchase food and cooking supplies, as well as fund transportation to restaurants for the Kids Café program in Newtown, that will affect the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club. The mission of Kids Café is to expand nutrition opportunities for children.

Community Connections (Jacksonville) - $10,000 to purchase food staples and afterschool/daycare snacks for the Food Pantry for Family Emergency Relief Program serving homeless and low-income youth ages 6 weeks to 15 years in North Florida.

Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. (Sarasota) - $5,000 to purchase computer supplies and materials for the Texcellence Computer Donation Program. Through this program, students are given a computer that is loaded with educational software that they need for continued learning.

Feeding South Florida (Hollywood) - $15,500 to support the Backpack Program in Miami Dade County. Each child is given a backpack filled with nutritious food to take home on the weekends for consumption. Funding will cover the costs of replacement backpacks and food for 100 children, transportation costs for delivering food and backpacks each week, and for the non-administrative salaries of program employees.

Hillsborough Educational Foundation (Tampa) - $10,000 to purchase school materials for Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools supply store. The supply store offers free school items and learning aids to at risk students in need. More than 2,000 teachers from Title I schools and educational sites are eligible to shop, once a month, and take free school supplies back to their classrooms.

Hope Haven Association: Hope Haven Children's Clinic and Family Center (Jacksonville) - $5,000 to support Hope Academy-Project Search, which provides career development and job readiness for young adults, ages18-29, with cognitive disabilities. Funding would support non-administrative staff salaries, books and instructional materials, and more.

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (Sunrise) - $15,000 to purchase emergency items such as clothing and food for the Children's Emergency Shelter Program, which serves abused, neglected and at-risk children ages 0-12 that live in South Florida.

Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc. (Jacksonville) - $5,000 to pay for non-administrative, program-related salaries and rent, as well as to purchase food for the Emergency Food Pantry. The food pantry provides groceries to families experiencing hunger. Visitors receive a three-day supply of nutritionally balanced non-perishable food. Families may receive food three times per calendar year.

Literacy Council of Bonita Springs (Bonita Springs) - $5,000 to purchase books and materials for the Moms and Tots Family Literacy Program, which serves disadvantaged neighborhoods with a large number of non-English speaking moms and their children. This program teaches English to mothers and their pre-school children. The program helps children begin school on an even level as their peers.

Sheridan House Family Ministries, Inc. (Davie) - $5,000 toward the 'Side by Side,' a component of the Sheridan House Single Parent Division. The program consists of on-going classes that cover topics like résumé preparation, interviewing skills, dressing professionally, parenting, finances, budgeting and meal planning for single mothers in need. Funding would support educational materials and supplies, instructor fees, take home packets, dinner and additionally pay for babysitting so mothers can attend classes.

The Russell Life Skills And Reading Foundation (Davie) - $10,000 to purchase educational materials and student incentives/books for the Russell Reading Room program. The Russell Reading Room is designed to help at-risk, low-income and minority children with literacy and learning challenges become productive and successful citizens.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc. (Decatur) - $5,000 to purchase household supplies and furnishings and defray the cost of utilities and phone service for the Family Transitional Housing program. The program provides families with housing, life skills training and support services needed to move from homelessness to self-reliance within 6 to 24 months. Since it's inception in 1983, more than 70% of the clients have exited the program into permanent housing.

Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta (Atlanta) - $10,000 to cover the cost for truck fuel and truck rentals for the Reduced Fee Delivery Program. This program delivers furniture to clients for a reduced fee of $75. Staff selects furniture for each client based on their request. Funding from the Foundation will help the Furniture Bank provide furniture to an additional 208 families this year. Last year, the Furniture Bank provided free furniture to 3,036 people in 1,144 households, including 1,728 children.

Partnership Against Domestic Violence (Atlanta) - $10,000 to purchase food for the Safety & Shelter for Women and Children program, which offers a safe haven and basic needs services to battered women and their children in Atlanta.

Preble Street (Portland) - $5,000 to purchase food and food supplies for the Preble Street Food Programs that assists impoverished residents of Greater Portland, including homeless youth, elders, refugees and immigrant families.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (Boston) - $12,500 to support the non-administrative salary of a Family Team Case Manager to deliver health-supporting materials for homeless patients. The grant will also cover the cost of materials such as over-the-counter medications, diapers, eyeglasses and transportation support for the Life Essentials for Homeless Families program. The program provides patients with a safety net when they are faced with a need for health-supporting items but lack the resources to acquire them on their own.

Boston Medical Center Corporation (Boston) - $14,900 to pay a Free Saturday Cancer Screening Day program to accommodate working poor individuals. Funding covers staffing, mammograms for the uninsured, security and public safety, supplies, refreshments and more.

Children's Hospital Corporation (Boston) - $50,000 to purchase supplies and support a portion of the salary for the nurse case manager of the Community Asthma Initiative. The initiative focuses on improving asthma management in a child's (ages 2-18) everyday life by preventing and minimizing attacks and other complications reducing emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

Cradles to Crayons (Quincy) - $10,000 to purchase winter clothing and supplies for the Gear Up for Winter campaign, which focuses on keeping children warm and safe during New England’s colder months. Four hundred children will be impacted by this grant.

Elder Services of Cape Cod (South Dennis) - $3,600 to purchase books, provide food and supplies and reimburse volunteer transportation costs for the Senior Service Corps Three R's Tutoring Program. More than 80 volunteers provide literacy, math, science and writing skills, tutoring, as well as mentoring and life skills assistance to students on the Cape in this program. The volunteers give their time at 21 schools and tutor more than 400 students each year.

Generations Incorporated (Boston) - $5,000 to purchase supplies, advertising materials and volunteer-related expenses and support a portion of the non-administrative, program-related salary of the Site Coordinator for the Experience Corps program in Revere, MA. The Experience Corps program brings trained volunteer adults into elementary school classrooms to work with children on improving literacy through one-on-one mentoring sessions or small group sessions focused on reinforcing teacher instruction. This grant will serve 700 children in four Revere schools.

Health Imperatives (Brockton) - $5,000 to purchase bus passes and clothing for shelter residents at Penelope's Place. Penelope's Place provides safe shelter to victims of domestic violence who have fled from life threatening situations. Funding will also support the non-administrative, program-related salary of a Certified Parent Educator and general administrative costs. The Certified Parent Educator provides parents with workshops that help them to understand the effects of violence on their children.

HopeFound (Jamaica Plain) - $10,000 to purchase food, clothing, laundry supplies and transportation assistance through the Shattuck Shelter. The shelter has provided a safe, clean respite for homeless men and women for 27 years.

Lowell Wish Project, Inc. (Lowell) - $5,000 to purchase food, toiletry and personal items for the Emergency Motel Homeless Support Program, which provides emergency food boxes for families that have been placed in a motel after they are suddenly left homeless due to a fire, flood, abuse, or eviction. Funding will also provide non-administrative, program-related salary support for staff members responsible for filling and delivering the emergency food boxes.

Rosie's Place, Inc. (Boston) - $15,000 to purchase food for the Dining Room and Food Pantry programs. The Dining Room provides lunch and dinner 365 days a year. The Dining Room does not require guests to stand in line to get their meal. Instead, volunteers and staff serve guests restaurant style. The Food Pantry allows nearly 1,300 women a month to take home 20-40 pounds of food for their families. Guests are allowed to come into the food pantry and 'shop' among shelves that are set up like a grocery store.

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) (Plymouth) - $7,500 to support annual transportation costs for food delivery to seven councils on aging, for non-administrative costs for bagging food, for the purchase of produce from local farms, for produce transportation costs and for rent and utility fees. SSCAC provides critical services to low-income individuals and families on the South Shore and works to combat the root causes of poverty in those communities.

South Shore Housing and Development Corporation (Kingston) - $5,000 to purchase furnishings, bedding, clothing food and household goods for the Safe Step Transitional Apartment Program, which provides transitional housing and support services to battered women and their children.

The CASA Project, Inc. (Worcester) - $3,000 to purchase materials and supplies required for recruiting and training of volunteers for the Court Appointed Special Advocacy (CASA) Program. The CASA provides court advocacy for abused and neglected children in the Worcester county Juvenile court system through volunteer Guardians ad Litem (GAL). The GAL advocates for educational and medical services while the child is in the care of Department of Children & Families and then assists the Court in determining an optimal solution to the case.

The Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children (Boston) - $10,000 to pay for supplies and non-administrative, program-related salaries and benefits for the ForsythKids Cavity Prevention Program that will help 550 children who cannot afford oral health care in Hyannis and Revere. Dentists and hygienists visit participating schools using portable, state-of-the-art equipment to setup at the school. Children receive a complete dental examination, cleaning, fluoride varnish, sealants, toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Each student also receives individualized oral health information.

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation, Inc. (Baltimore) - $5,000 to purchase food for the CARES food pantry and emergency financial assistance center. CARES food pantry operates three mornings a week with a Program Director and more than 50 regular volunteers. Individuals come to CARES with crisis related to hunger, and last year the food pantry helped more than 7,600 individuals.

Meals On Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. (Baltimore) - $5,000 to purchase food and supplies required for preparing and packaging meals for Home-Delivered Meals Program clients. The program serves more than 2,800 homebound seniors per year.

Child and Family Services of New Hampshire (Manchester) - $5,000 to purchase survival aid materials and personal care items for the Street Outreach Runaway and Homeless Youth Program. The mission of the Street Outreach Program is to build trusting relationships with runaway, homeless and street youth to reduce the risk and incidence of homelessness and to promote healthy decisions and the transition from street life to stable, independent living or family reunification.

Harbor Homes, Inc. (Nashua) - $5,000 to purchase medical equipment and provide offsite medical testing for individuals through the Healthcare for the Homeless program. The Healthcare for the Homeless program provides primary, preventive and supplementary healthcare to homeless men, women and adolescents in the greater Nashua area.

180 Turning Lives Around (Hazlet) - $3,000 to purchase food for domestic violence victims residing in the emergency shelter called the Safe House. The Safe House shelters up to seven families at a time for a period of 30 to 60 days in a confidential location offering counseling, advocacy and assistance in finding housing.

Catholic Charities: Diocese of Metuchen (Perth Amboy) - $5,000 to purchase meals for the homeless at the Ozanam Family Shelter and the Ozanam Inn/Men's Shelter. Funding would service 40 individuals for 49 days.

Dress for Success Mercer County (Hamilton) - $5,000 to purchase office and program supplies for Professional Women's Group program that serves Disadvantaged women trying to obtain and retain employment. The program meets 12 times a year at networking events to give women the opportunities to form alliances with other women and promote leadership and professional confidence.

Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc. (Morristown) - $10,000 to purchase food and household cleaning supplies for Arbour House. The Arbour House is a 24-hour emergency shelter where approximately 150 women and their children seek refuge each year when forced to flee from their homes. It offers up to 60 days of protective housing and includes individual and group counseling, food, access to clothing, parenting classes, legal and social service advocacy, case management and more.

Women Helping Women (Metuchen) - $5,000 to support individual counseling sessions and group sessions for the Domestic Violence Follow-up Counseling Program. The program offers free, consistent, professional counseling services and support groups to women who are residents of the domestic violence shelter, Women Aware, as a follow-up to short-term domestic violence counseling received at the shelter. The funding will pay for a four-month term of individual therapy for 50 women and a 12-week support group for 20 women.

Youth Consultation Service (YCS) (Hackensack) - $10,000 to pay for mentor-child supplies within the YCS Southern Region Mentoring Program. This is a prevention program for children ages 8-17 who have committed juvenile crimes. The program creates a match between mentor and child allowing the two to forge a trusted bond. The program expects to increase the child's access to supportive experiences, job training and education opportunities as well as to redirect children from access to criminal elements/activities.

Be a Friend Program, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (Buffalo) - $5,000 to produce volunteer training and recruitment materials for the Site-Based Mentoring program. The program is one-to-one mentoring that takes place in a structured setting at a local school or community center. Matches meet once a week for 90 minutes during after-school hours and give children the opportunity to establish a friendship with an adult who cares about him or her while building social, emotional, interpersonal and academic skills.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc. (Albany) - $5,000 to support 20 new mentor relationships in the Campus READS program. The program matches a child with a college student mentor every other week where they work to improve academic performance and literacy skills. Funding would support volunteer training materials and background checks, a bus to transport children to and from five different college campuses and snacks for the program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo (Buffalo) - $5,000 for the Bridging the Gap program to purchase educational supplies including science lab kit materials, books, paper and pencils. The program's goal is to help youth become higher achievers in school. Each participant in the program is assigned to a tutoring group based on his or her academic needs from helping youth receive good grades on school and state learning assessments to establishing plans to pursue higher education.

Catholic Family Center of the Diocese of Rochester (Rochester) - $5,000 to purchase supplies, toys, towels and sheets, children's clothing, Sippy cups and children's silverware, hygiene products, and highchairs for Women’s Place and Sanctuary House. Approximately 1,600 women and mothers and 950 children under the age of 16 in need of emergency shelter will benefit from this grant.

Iris House (New York) - $5,000 to purchase food and pay client transportation costs for the Food and Nutrition Program. The program provides nutritional counseling by Registered Dietitians, nutrition education, cooking classes and meals. Iris House provides comprehensive services and advocacy for women, families and communities infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, while providing prevention and education services for clients and at-risk communities.

Pronto of Long Island, Inc. (Bay Shore) - $10,000 to provide quarterly Bilingual Healthy Nutrition Seminars, as well as to purchase food for Family Care Packages as part of the Families Eat Smart Long Island program. The program's goal is to educate needy bilingual families about good nutrition while providing healthy food care packages.

Safe Horizon, Inc. (New York) - $15,000 to purchase food, food vouchers and personal hygiene products for the Emergency Food Program. The program serves victims of domestic violence at three Safe Horizon shelters: Lotus in Brooklyn, Oasis in Queens, and Willow in the Bronx.

Sanctuary for Families, Inc. (New York) - $5,000 to purchase food for three emergency pantries through its Emergency Food Program. The program operates food pantries for clients at all hours when staff is on-site. Legal and clinical staff members accompany clients to the food pantries to track visits, size of family and items in demand. At the transitional shelter, arriving families receive a welcome package of non-perishable food items and then place food orders as needed. Each year the organization serves more than 10,000 of New York City's most vulnerable women and children through clinical, legal, shelter and economic stability services.

Schenectady Community Action Program, Inc. (Schenectady) - $5,000 to purchase classroom supplies for the Career Readiness Program, which identifies and assists low income individuals and families in gaining the technical and soft skills needed to land employment and succeed in the workplace. The program is comprised of various courses including computer training, resume writing, job searching and interview techniques and individual employment counseling. Approximately 203 men and women will benefit from this program.

SCO Family of Services (Brooklyn) - $5,000 to purchase healthy snacks and clothing for youth at the Brooklyn Drop-In Center (BDIC). The BDIC provides homeless and at-risk youth and their families with information and access to a variety of services including emergency shelter, food, counseling, mediation, education assistance and referrals to local resources. Since its inception in 2007, BDIC has served more than 8,000 young people and adults. The grant will be used to support 200 at-risk youth.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas - New York Pennsylvania Pacific West (Buffalo) - $5,000 to purchase educational materials for the Mercy Bridges program that provides basic literacy education and English as a Second Language, to the underserved in Rochester, NY who may not qualify for, have access to or experience success with other literacy programs. There are 110-trained volunteer tutors who travel to the students' communities, making it easy and affordable for them to learn. Students must commit to attend a weekly session of two hours per week for one year.

Sunnyside Community Services, Inc. (Sunnyside) - $5,000 to pay for meals for clients monthly for one year at the Sunday Congregate Lunch at the Center for Active Older Adults. The Center for Active Older Adults serves 4,000 low-income senior citizens in Western Queens, nearly half of whom have annual incomes under $10,400.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York, Inc. (Kenmore) - $3,500 to purchase job preparation and readiness materials for the LIVES-WNY project for low-income, single parents with disabilities seeking employment. The project provides job readiness training, screens for hidden disabilities; gather documentation and links individuals to vocational rehabilitation services. This year, the LIVES-WNY project will support 60 individuals.

Washington Heights-Inwood Preservation and Restoration Corporation (WHIPRC) (New York) - $5,000 to provide emergency food grants to primarily working poor immigrant families and seniors and additionally pay partial rent for the Anti-Poverty Food/Nutrition Program. Each family unit receives one package per month containing ten food items. When families are in dire need of further assistance, WHIPRC provides one-time emergency food grants for the families to purchase food. Grants vary from $100-$250 depending on size of family.

West End Intergenerational Residence Housing Development Fund (New York) - $5,000 to pay for supplies for the Women's Empowerment Program and for the salary of the Women's Empowerment Specialist. The Women's Empowerment Program provides counseling, support services and comprehensive curriculum to teach basic life skills and self-confidence that young homeless mothers need to become self sufficient and create a more promising future for themselves and their children. Because many of these young mothers are victims of violence, the on-staff Women's Empowerment Specialist works with them to provide the social and emotional tools to break the cycle of violence in their families and prepare them for a more independent life.

Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Inc. (Kannapolis) - $5,000 to purchase food for homebound seniors in the Home Delivered Program. The organization serves about 400 seniors daily in Cabarrus County.

Classroom Central, Inc. (Charlotte) - $5,000 to purchase supplies to be distributed through the Free Store Supplies and Distribution program, assisting teachers and students in schools with the highest poverty rates. The Free Store Supplies and Distribution program aims to improve distribution of free supplies to outlying Charlotte Mecklenburg schools through a Mobile Free Store and purchase additional critical supplies such as pens, pencils and notebooks. By increasing product supply and improving delivery systems, Classroom Central anticipates that it will be able to meet the needs of the 86,000 needy students in the greater Charlotte area.

Meals on Wheels of Rowan, Inc. (Salisbury) - $5,000 to provide meals and visits through the Third Party Payer Program. The Third Party Payer Program provides fully subsidized meals to homebound individuals who are unable to pay anything toward the cost of their meals.

Turning Point, Inc. (Monroe) - $5,000 to purchase food for the Shelter Program, which is a safe haven for women and children who are being abused. The Shelter provides a safe shelter, three meals a day, snacks, toiletries, transportation, childcare, laundry facilities, gently used clothes, a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis intervention and referral, women, children and teen counseling, case management and victim advocacy.

Committee for Dignity and Fairness for the Homeless Housing Development, Inc. (Philadelphia) - $5,000 to purchase educational and enrichment supplies for PATHS Toward the Future program that promotes the healthy development of at-risk children and youth. Established in 1988, Dignity Housing is the first housing and supportive services program in the nation to be founded and guided by homeless people and activists. Since its inception, Dignity Housing has successfully provided both affordable housing and quality supportive services to thousands of adults and children.

Crispus Attucks Association of York, Pennsylvania (York) - $10,000 to purchase materials and refreshments for the Rising STARS Education and Career Development Program. The program works with predominantly York City youth to help them attain or maintain academic success and help them identify possible career paths. Homework help is offered five days a week from throughout the school year. In addition, Career Exploration Workshops bring in successful people from various walks-of-life to talk about their job path.

Delaware Valley Association for Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) (Philadelphia) - $5,000 to support family childcare providers in the Accreditation Project with mini grants used to purchase materials, supplies and/or equipment that will promote healthy, safe and developmentally appropriate learning environments for children birth through 8 in Southeastern PA.

Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc. (DAP) (Media) - $5,000 to purchase food, clothing and toiletries for clients of the Domestic Abuse Project Emergency Shelter. DAP seeks to prevent domestic violence by providing the full complement of prevention and intervention programs and services that meet the needs of victims and their minor children and which enable them to move towards self-sufficiency and autonomy.

Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, Inc. (Allentown) - $5,000 to subsidize meal costs for the Meals on Wheels Program, which serves individuals that cannot prepare adequate meals themselves because of advanced age, disability or illness. The program supports elders by helping to maintain health, providing a friendly visit to avert social isolation and a daily well-being check to assure safety to more than 900 homebound residents of Lehigh County, PA.

One House At A Time (Ambler) - $4,800 to purchase 40 new beds for its Beds for Kids Program. Through the program, new twin mattresses and box springs are purchased at discounted prices and delivered to children who are refereed by agencies that serve homeless families or children who are being placed by the Philadelphia Department of Public Welfare.

The Children's Hospital Foundation (Philadelphia) - $5,000 to pay for orientation and teaching materials, videos and medical supplies for use in shelters in the Homeless Health Initiative (HHI). HHI provides free medical and dental services to children in area shelters and assists families in accessing important health care services including health insurance, primary care and specialty care. Hundreds of volunteer healthcare professionals provide free, high quality, on-site medical and dental services, health education and advocacy to 300+ children and families annually at multiple shelters in Philadelphia.

The Presbyterian Home of 58th Street (Lafayette Hill) - $5,000 to purchase food for The Meal Program that serves elderly, low-income residents of Southwest Philadelphia who are patients at the Presbyterian Home of 58th Street. The Meal Program provides three home-cooked meals daily for each resident in accordance with their dietary needs.

YWCA of York (York) - $5,000 to pay for new computers and software for the York Learning Centers. The learning centers provide care to more than 600 children, infants through school age. Located in York County's two poorest school districts, - York City and Northeastern, the majority of children served are low-income and have some form of child-care subsidy.

Meals On Wheels of Rhode Island, Inc. (Providence) - $5,000 to purchase food for the Home Delivered Meal Program. The Home Delivered Meal Program has been in operation for 40 years and currently serves 1,700 meals daily to homebound seniors throughout the state.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank Association (Providence) - $15,000 to pay for non-administrative, program-related costs associated with food acquisition and distribution by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. It is affiliated with Feeding America and serves as Rhode Island’s statewide food distribution center.

RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Warwick) - $15,000 to purchase program supplies for art therapy, childcare, and after school and prevention programming in the Domestic Violence Safety Project. The project is designed to support the programs for children who witness domestic violence. Advocates work to ensure that children get appropriate intervention services to deal with the trauma, stress and emotional impact that the domestic violence has had on them.

Child & Family Services of Eastern VA (Norfolk) - $5,000 to fund program supplies, food and field trip expenses for the Team Up Mentoring Program. The program provides mentors to approximately 132 youth ages 6-17 in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Modeled on Big Brothers Big Sisters of America programming, Team Up offers community-based, school-based and foster-care based mentoring.

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (Norfolk) - $15,000 to pay for food, supplies and staff to run the BackPack Program at three schools. Over 79,600 children in the Foodbank's service area are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school lunches. The BackPack program, a nationally recognized model, distributes nutritious food to these children, who are identified by school personnel, on Friday afternoons in a discreet way (through a backpack).

Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William Inc. (Woodbridge) - $5,000 to purchase training books, materials, and postage for the Literacy Program, which provides tutoring services to adults to help them learn to read and write.

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Inc. (Richmond) - $4,800 to fund expenses related to recruitment materials, orientation and food costs, volunteer background checks and activities for more than 30 new mentoring matches of the Hampton area MentorMatch Program. The volunteer program is designed to meet the needs of children in the child welfare system.

Northern Virginia Family Service (Oakton) - $5,000 to purchase a commercial steamer for the shelter kitchen and new food scale. As well as to pay a portion of non-administrative salaries for the equipment installation and SERVE Food Distribution Center operation. The clients served include seniors, children, families and other vulnerable groups in the community including victims of domestic violence and unemployment.

Project Mend-A-House, Inc. (PMAH) (Manassas) - $5,000 to purchase equipment for home repairs and modifications for PMAH clients in the Living Independently One Step at a Time program. PMAH is committed to improving the living conditions for low-income seniors and or disabled persons in Prince William, Manassas City and Manassas Park by offering no-cost house repairs and modifications to allow residents to remain safely and independently in their own homes.

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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