The after-school program at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA in Fairless Hills is getting a boost from retailer JCPenney.
JCPenney, which has over 1,000 retail stores, gave the Y a $5,000 grant which will support after-school programs. The Y said the money will benefit children from the Bristol Township and Pennsbury school communities.
The retailer's recently added charitable giving program, JCP Cares, coordinated the donation.
“As a company founded on the Golden Rule, jcpenney has a strong legacy of giving back,” President of JCP Cares and JCPenny’s Vice President of Philanthropy Miki Woodard said. “We are firmly committed to organizations like the Y, which truly make a difference in their communities.”
“By working together we can not only keep children safer, but also help provide them with lasting benefits, including healthier lifestyles, improved social skills and an enhanced academic performance,” Lower Bucks Y Marketing and Initiatives Director Jennifer Ritorto said.
According to information provided to the Y via the nonprofit Afterschool Alliance, over 15 million children across America are left unsupervised. Data shows that students from disadvantaged households who attend after-school programs tend to have a boost attendance and academics.
The money will provide financial assistance to families of school-aged children unable to afford after-school care to send their children to “life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships and skills kids need to thrive,” the Y stated in a release.
JCPenney featured the Y as their charity of the month in January.
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