SOURCE: Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

July 15, 2014 09:08 ET

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Announces Old Navy's Support Through National Donation Drive

Retailer to Match Customer Donations, for a Potential Total Donation of $1 Million

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 15, 2014) - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) today announced Old Navy's donation drive to support young people in communities across Canada and the United States. The drive will take place in Old Navy stores across North America from July 17th through July 30th, during the brand's school uniform sale. Old Navy will match customer donations made in stores, up to $500K, bringing the potential total donation to $1 million.

Donations support Camp Old Navy, an initiative that invests in summer programs for kids in underserved communities, helping them get ready for the next school year and giving them their first job experience in Old Navy stores. Old Navy has supported Boys and Girls Clubs through Camp Old Navy for 15 years, and over 100,000 young people in North America have participated in the program. Camp Old Navy's 2014 program incorporates 'Play' -- an opportunity to change lives through community involvement by providing kids with access to organized, experiential learning and play, helping drive them towards great futures.

"We are grateful for Old Navy's partnership on Camp Old Navy and their continued commitment to supporting successful futures for young people," said Pam Jolliffe, president and CEO of BGCC. "The donation drive will help us ensure our members thrive in school and are prepared for adult life."

Old Navy stores across North America will amplify the impact of the donation drive through volunteering with local Boys and Girls Clubs. Employees volunteer to give kids in their community experiential learning opportunities that make summer education fun and valuable. The stores also invite teens and young adults to participate in "job shadow" days, offering them a behind-the-scenes look at the retail operation and the chance to build skills that help them prepare for their first jobs. These programs open the door to new experiences for Boys and Girls Clubs' young people and build connections with adult mentors that make lasting impressions.

"Our ongoing partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs underscores our strong belief that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed, whatever their circumstance may be," said Ivan Wicksteed, CMO of Old Navy. "We are very proud of the work that we have done together over the years, and we are excited to show the generosity of our community of customers through our donation drive." 

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and encouraging children and youth as they grow and develop. We are a national charity serving 200,000 young people in 650 locations across Canada. We listen to their opinions and ideas, applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles and provide ways for them to explore their interests and talents. With this encouragement, young people develop the confidence and sense of belonging that helps them succeed in school, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For over 110, years we have welcomed children, youth and their families into clubs that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, rural communities and First Nations reserves. Visit www.bgccan.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/bgccan and www.twitter.com/bgccan.

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    Susan Sullivan 
    Media Relations Manager
    Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
    905.477.7272 ext. 239