This year, the Massachusetts-based foundation awarded grants in support of efforts to provide youth with the skills and resources they need to become responsible and caring citizens. While the funding will support a wide range of programs, 70 percent of the recipients will use it for education and literacy efforts. In addition, more than 20 percent of the grants will support mentoring and life skills initiatives, while roughly 10 percent will support environmental efforts and services for youth with disabilities. More than half the grantees were nominated by Staples associates.
Recipients include the D.C.-based National Environmental Education Foundation; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver; Aid for Africain Chevy Chase, Maryland; Unified Theater in Hartford, Connecticut; theLakeside Educational Network in Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania;Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County in Arizona; the Kentucky-based School to Work Council; and Common Wealth Development in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work, and supporting these organizations is making a difference in the lives of young people,” said Amy Shanler, director of community relations at Staples. “Through these grants, disadvantaged youth nationwide have access to innovative, educational programs that help them reach their full potential and prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
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