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JCPenney customers ‘Round Up’ for Boys & Girls Club

June 7, 2009
Westfield Republican
Thanks to funds raised through a recent “Round-Up” program at the JCPenney in the D & F Plaza Store in Dunkirk, local children in need will continue to have access to afterschool programming at Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, a JCPenney Afterschool Fund partner. From the December Round-Up, JCPenney customers were invited to “round-up” their JCPenney purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a public charity that provides at-risk children access to life-enriching afterschool programs that inspire children to be smart, strong and socially responsible. “We are very fortunate to have the continued support from our local JCPenney store. The associates and store manager hosted Club members with a special visit to the store so they can learn the ins and outs of the retail business. It’s a great partnership, we couldn’t do the work we do without the support from our local businesses,” said Jody Briggs, Executive Director With the $786.07 raised from the JCPenney recent “Round-Up” program, children can enjoy Boys & Girls Club afterschool programming and incentives for active participation. Studies show that 14.3 million children in the United States are unsupervised after school between 3 and 6 p.m. each day. Additionally, studies show that youth are at greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors during these hours. To address this issue, JCPenney created the JCPenney Afterschool Fund in 2001, and together they have contributed more than $70 million to support the afterschool cause nationwide, giving tens of thousands of children the opportunity to participate in essential afterschool programs. The JCPenney Afterschool Fund continues working toward the day when all children in America will have access to life-changing afterschool programs that help them reach their full potential. The Boys & Girls Club offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. The Club is a place where every child gets noticed; where kids who face even the most difficult circumstances of poverty, abuse and neglect learn skills to reach their highest potential. It is a positive place where kids can get help with homework, character and cultural development, health and social skills; and simply a place to play with their peers. For further information contact: Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, 366-1061.


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