Meijer is donating $1.2 million to dozens of Boys & Girls Clubs.
The clubs that will be receiving $50,000 each in donations span across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, and will be used to invest in educational and developmental programs for local youth, the retailer said.
“As a family-owned business, serving families, and especially children, in our communities is always important to us,” Meijer president and CEO Rick Keyes said. “Boys & Girls Clubs offer safe places for children and teens to grow into the future leaders our communities will need, and we're pleased to support them through this donation.”
The retailer's gift will fund development programs focused on health, academics and leadership for Boys & Girls Club members.
“We know that each of our communities are different and that each of the Clubs understand the wants and needs of their members best,” Cathy Cooper, Meijer senior director of community partnerships and giving said. “We look forward to seeing how they find unique ways to use this gift to help their members learn, lead and grow.”
The $1.2 million donation, which will be divided equally between Boy & Girls Clubs that serve predominantly socio-economically disadvantaged communities, will be given to:
Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, Mich.;
Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, Mich.;
Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, Ind.;
Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland;
Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County, Ind.;
Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne, Ind.;
Boys & Girls Club of Franklin, Ind.;
Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth in Michigan;
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland, Mich.;
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint, Mich.;
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee;
Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis: Wheeler-Dowe Club;
Boys & Girls Club of Kalamazoo, Mich.;
Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, Wis.;
Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio;
Boys & Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb County, Mich.;
Boys & Girls Club of Porter County, Ind.;
Boys & Girls Club of The Muskegon Lakeshore in Michigan;
Boys & Girls Club of Toledo, Ohio;
Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County, Ind.;
Boys & Girls Club of West Bend, Wis.;
Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan: Dick & Sandy Dauch Club;
Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan: Matilda R. Wilson Club; and
This donation is part of the retailer's 2021 end-of-year donation efforts, totaling $6.5 million that will support its key areas of giving — hunger relief, diversity and inclusion, sustainability and local giving.
As part of its year-end giving, Meijer previously announced a $300,000 donation to the National Minority Supplier Development Council affiliates serving its Midwest communities.