Olympia, WA — November 22, 2011 – Macy’s Northwest and Macy’s Southwest, two of eight divisions of the retail icon, announced that together with its customers, it projects raising more than $1 million with its Thanks For Sharing campaign with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
This donation will directly support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County with proceeds funding education programs that enable Club members to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment and embrace technology to achieve a great future.
Through Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaign, shoppers are encouraged to charge a one-time enrollment fee of $25 to their Macy’s credit card, in turn, a portion of this fee will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County plus customers receive a 10 percent reward on most of their credit card purchases.
“We are extremely grateful for the Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaign since so many of the young people we serve need the most, but have the least,” said Joe Ingoglia, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. “We believe there is no better investment than our nation’s youth especially when it comes to ensuring their academic success, so essential to the prosperity of our community.”
According to the Education Research Center, only 69.6 percent of public school students graduate from high school on time with a diploma. BGCA’s graduation strategy – Every Member, Every Year – aims to ensure that all Club members progress on time each year to the next grade level.
Boys & Girls Club staff do this by discussing the importance of education and high school graduation; recognizing academic successes, including homework completion, grade improvement and progression; and implementing educational programming that teaches members new skills and reinforces those needed to be successful in school.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Macy’s share the belief that out-of-school time is an important factor in the overall education equation and the retailer’s donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County will ensure a great future for the community’s young people.
About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC) is a youth development agency serving school-age youth 5-18 years old. Founded in 2001, four Club locations now serve over 2,000 local youth with the mission of inspiring and enabling young people, especially those in greatest need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible citizens, by providing community-based Clubs that are safe and positive places for kids. BGCTC offers programming in five key areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. For more information about BGCTC, please visit www.bgctc.org.
About Macy’s Thanks For Sharing Campaign
Since 2002, Macy’s customers and employees have contributed more than $9 million to local Boys & Girls Clubs in Macy’s Northwest and Southwest Regions. Macy’s Northwest’s and Southwest’s campaign will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs in the states of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Thanks For Sharing Campaign is scheduled to conclude on December 31.