The Milton Family Community Center was awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change.
The program allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year.
The funds support MFCC’s mission to strengthen families and build a stronger community. MFCC will use these funds to purchase school supplies for children in the community, assuring all children can start off the new school year with the supplies they need for a successful year of learning.
“All of us at MFCC understand the value of education in the lives of all individuals,” said Vikki Patterson, MFCC executive director. “It is our belief that supporting children in the early years will give them the foundation they need for a successful future where they themselves become parents raising the next generation of children and become the new leaders for our community.”
Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic or job skills. It encourages community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.
In 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including job readiness for homeless individuals, career exploration for high school students, academic scholarships, mentoring and more.
“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities and around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer at Staples, Inc., in a press release. “We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associates make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”