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Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC Awarded Staples Foundation Grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Staples Foundation,the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

“BBBS of CYDC is so grateful for the continued support of Staples as one of our community partners and we are thrilled to be a Staples Foundation grant recipient,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC program director Christina Hoffecker.

“Support like this is the reason we are able to continue providing mentors for at risk youth in the Lowcountry.”

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.

North Charleston Staples associate Christopher Scott nominated Big Brothers Big Sisters for the grant award.

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.