Boys & Girls Clubs of America Gears Up for jcpenney Fundraiser jcpenney shoppers are invited to show their support at checkout

ATLANTA, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is partnering with jcpenney through its charitable giving program, jcp cares, to help support at-risk youth in communities across the country.  Throughout the month of July, jcpenney customers can round up their store or jcp.com purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to support Boys & Girls Clubs.

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Funds raised at checkout will go toward supporting BGCA's More Members More Often initiative.  The initiative focuses on attracting more young people to join the Club, motivating existing members to increase their participation and retaining youth as members over longer periods of time.

"We are grateful to jcpenney customers for joining us in our efforts to ensure that as many children as possible have access to Clubs across the country," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Our alumni are proof that great futures do start at Boys & Girls Clubs.  With the support of partners like jcpenney, we can continue to provide safe, affordable options for youth during the non-school hours and summer."

"We are proud to continue our support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America," said Miki Woodard, president of jcp cares and vice president of philanthropy at jcpenney.  "We've partnered with this wonderful organization for over 20 years, and we're pleased to invite our customers to round up and positively impact the lives of millions of youth." 

BGCA provides a safe place for children to learn and grow, and  programming designed to develop future leaders.  Education, career, leadership, character development, and sports and recreation are all integral parts of the Club experience. 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America 
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American 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, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter

About jcpenney J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation's largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is undergoing a resurgence to become America's preferred retail destination for unmatched style, quality and value. Across 1,100 stores and at jcp.com, customers will discover an inspiring shopping environment that features the most sought after collection of private, national and exclusive brands and attractions. For more information, please visit jcp.com.

SOURCE Boys & Girls Clubs of America



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