Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched its 2017 Back2School cause campaign this week in partnership with more than a dozen retailers around the country. As millions of kids and teens return to school later this month and in August, the youth advocacy organization reminds parents, teachers and community members to remember the critical after-school hours when planning for the new school year.
"After-school programs at Boys & Girls Clubs support the learning kids do during the school day to increase Club members' overall academic success," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "This year's Back2School retail partners and their patrons will help ensure Club members have the resources they need to have a successful school year. Prepared and equipped youth, coupled with a safe, supportive after-school environment at a Boys & Girls Club, will mean even more kids and teens have an opportunity to achieve a great future."
Throughout the Back2School promotion, these partners are supporting Club kids and teens by donating school supplies, galvanizing their employees to volunteer with local Clubs and engaging the public to participate in the cause campaign.
Customers can get involved by participating in the following partner programs:
In New York City and Chicago, NBC and Telemundo stations and Comcast NBCUniversal regional offices are hosting school supply drives and partnering with Clubs to ensure that kids can receive the supplies they need to start off the school year right.
Lowe's will invite customers to support building great futures by donating financially to Boys & Girls Clubs at checkout. Lowe's will host an in-store fundraising campaign at each of its 1,700+ U.S. stores from Aug. 8 – Sept. 5.
This summer, three 2017 Toyota Sienna Minivans will travel the country collecting school supplies for local Boys & Girls Clubs as part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Back2School's Stuff the Bus – Powered by Toyota. At the conclusion of the summer, the vans will be donated to three lucky and deserving Clubs.
Visit a Gap or Gap Factory Store to donate backpacks or school supplies, or make a monetary donation to Boys & Girls Clubs July 17 – Aug. 27, and receive a 10 percent savings on top of any offers. Activation dates vary per market, so check your local store for details.
From July 27 – Aug. 7, visit any Old Navy store or www.oldnavy.com to donate $1/$3/$5 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at checkout to support big dreams and bigger opportunities for the next generation.
During the back-to-school season, Kohl's will sell a collection of boys', girls' and juniors' tees featuring positive messages. The purchase of each shirt will trigger a $1 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Bridgestone Retail Operations
Customers are invited to round up to the nearest dollar at the register during Bridgestone Retail Operations' national promotion Aug. 10-Oct. 8 at all Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works tire and automotive service centers nationwide. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings will donate $1 from every pinup sold and 100 percent of the proceeds from each limited-edition wristband purchased in-restaurant Oct. 1-31. In addition, $1 from every in-restaurant signature sauce or seasoning bottle sold supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America's ALL STARS sports program.
Guests of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can support Clubs by adding a donation to their purchase at check-out both in stores and online until Sept. 5. Build-A-Bear will also donate 20,000 furry friends to Clubs in celebration of their 20th anniversary and National Teddy Bear Day.
During the back-to-school season, customers can visit FamilyDollar.com and donate to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In addition, Family Dollar will proudly share their "Back2School" anthem performed by Lyricism 101 Clubs on Facebook on July 11!
The Back2School campaign aligns with Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Great Futures Campaign, which calls attention to the crisis facing kids and teens and elevates the role after-school time plays in creating opportunities for youth explore their individual voice and the activities that inspire their dreams and passions. For more information about ways to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Back2School campaign, visit http://www.bgca.org/get-involved/b2s-partners.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at on Facebook and Twitter.