JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND CHOSEN BY STAPLES ASSOCIATE TO RECEIVE $7,500 GRANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  News Release  Contact: Libby Allen, Junior Achievement of Northern New England 781-373-1170 eallen@janewengland.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND CHOSEN BY STAPLES ASSOCIATE TO RECEIVE $7,500 GRANT
Organization Chosen by Local Associate to Benefit from Staples Foundation Grant

Waltham, MA (January 21, 2016) – Junior Achievement of Northern New England has been awarded $7,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

“We are excited to receive a grant from Staples Foundation to provide young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices,” said Kerry Bedard, President of Junior Achievement of Northern New England.

This grant is part of a 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. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2014, Staples awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 1,056 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, job skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.

“Staples Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Emily McCann, senior manager of community and giving for Staples, Inc.

About Junior Achievement of Northern New England

For the 2014-2015 school year, Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JANNE) implemented 1,560 programs throughout 254 schools and after-school sites, reaching over 38,000 youth through the efforts of 2,289 trained volunteers. Serving students in nine Massachusetts counties and the entire state of New Hampshire, JANNE focuses on impacting economically disadvantaged youth, and reaching optimal students within its territory. All programs are provided at no cost to school and organizations. JANNE is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity and is supported by corporations, individuals, foundations and special events.

About Staples Community and Giving

Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, 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 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

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