Amazon committed $400,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs throughout New Jersey. The funding to Boys & Girls Clubs in Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, and Passaic Counties will enable the expansion of Club sites to accommodate more kids. It comes at a  time when afterschool and summer camp programming are greatly needed, particularly given the effects of the pandemic. This major gift will also work to build stronger and healthier communities where it’s needed most, fostering educational achievement, healthy living and social-emotional learning.

Amazon’s gift to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, along with other funders enabled the Club to open six new school sites to serve 300 more youth per day this school year. Amazon’s support also provided the Club with the opportunity to provide scholarships to area youth so they can attend the Club’s afterschool programming regardless of their ability to pay.

“Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey is grateful that Amazon is supporting NJ Clubs across the state. This investment will help us continue to provide families with an enriching and safe place for kids after school. Support can’t come at a better time given the escalating need we’re seeing,” said Susan Haspel, State Director of Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey. “Every day, NJ youth numbering in the tens of thousands rely on Boys & Girls Clubs across NJ for hope and opportunity.

Each day, thousands of young people make the decision to come through New Jersey Club doors because of our commitment to provide them with hope and the opportunity to pursue a Great Future. The holiday season approaches, Clubs strive to ensure the families they serve have what they need to make the Thanksgiving season a celebration. To meet this goal, $25,000 of Amazon’s support to Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey will go towards assisting 20 traditional and military Boys & Girls Clubs in providing Thanksgiving holiday meals for hundreds of NJ Club families in need.

Amazon’s Thanksgiving support to local Clubs made a tremendous impact to one particular local family whose three children attend the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. This Club family endured a recent fire in their apartment losing all of their belongings. Thankfully the family was not physically harmed but were greatly impacted by this tragic fire. The support from Amazon will truly help this Club family rebuild their new home, as well as uplift the family during the holiday season.

“Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey is grateful that Amazon is supporting NJ Clubs across the state. This investment will help us continue to provide families with an enriching and safe place for kids after school. Support can’t come at a better time given the escalating need we’re seeing,” said Susan Haspel, State Director of Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey. “Every day, NJ youth numbering in the tens of thousands rely on Boys & Girls Clubs across NJ for hope and opportunity.”