Thursday, February 28, 2013
Communities In Schools of Dorchester County has been awarded $1,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a new program that lets Staples associates direct donations.
“Communities In Schools of Dorchester County is honored to partner with the Staples Foundation in furthering its goals to reduce dropout prevention and promote the connection of needed community resources with our local schools to help our young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life,” Lauren Bailey, CIS of DC board co-chair said.
The grants are part of a new philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills.
In 2012, U.S. associates directed more than $1.4 million of Staples Foundation grants to 434 local non-profit organizations. The new program, called 2 Million & Change, will award additional funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants for the year.
“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 relations for Staples, Inc. “Through our new program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”
Communities In Schools of Dorchester County strives to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life by providing after-school and summer learning centers at Alston Middle, River Oaks Middle, Spann Elementary, and Joseph R. Pye Elementary. For more information, visit cisdorchester.org.
About Staples Community and Giving
Staples contributes to educational and youth-oriented community efforts, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 6,000 organizations in 2,000 communities across 27 countries. Community and Giving is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.