Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/ Metrowest has been awarded $7,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year.

“This support from the Staples Foundation will enable our organization to serve at-risk children and their volunteer mentors throughout the Central Massachusetts and Metrowest-Boston region,” said Jeffrey Chin, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sister of Central Mass/ Metrowest. “Through our Community Based Mentoring Programs, Site and School Based Mentoring Programs, and our new MySTEM programs, we reach hundreds of children and volunteers each year. We are proud to have been nominated by a number of passionate and engaged Staples associates for this award through the 2 Million and Change Program. We are  appreciative of the support from one of our long-term partners in Staples.”

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 education or job skills. The program encourages local 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 local 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 around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., “We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associate make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”