Meadowlands Area YMCA Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $3,500 Grant

Author: Teri Festa
Date Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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Meadowlands Area YMCA Selected by Local Associate to Receive Staples Foundation Grant

Rutherford, NJ 12/27/2016 – The Meadowlands Area YMCA has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year.

“We deeply value and appreciate the continued support of Staples as a model YMCA community partner,” said Jane Egan, Meadowlands Area YMCA’s CEO. “Their exemplary contributions; both financial and volunteer resources, enables us to provide essential scholarships, financial assistance and free community service programs that makes Southern Bergen County a healthier and happier place to live.”

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. The program 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 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including job readiness for homeless individuals, career exploration for high school students, academic scholarships, mentoring and more.

“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., "We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associate make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”

Established in 1920, the Meadowlands Area YMCA is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, serving more than 23,000 individuals and providing more than $120,000 in financial assistance each year. Its 35 site locations, located in East Rutherford, North Arlington, Wood-Ridge, Rutherford, Wanaque, Wallington, Lyndhurst, Maywood, Haskell, Little Ferry, Edgewater, and Hasbrouck Heights, are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. They offer an array of programs that build spirit, mind and body for people of all ages and all circumstances.
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 has helped thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit


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