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Associate Volunteering, Drives, and Donations

Our Associates routinely give back to their communities and play a key role in our charitable programs, demonstrating the true strength of the Ross community.

As described in the “In-Store Fundraising and Customer Donations” section, our Associates are the force that drives the success of the annual in-Store fundraisers for our national community partners, BGCA and First Book. Though the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed most in-person volunteering efforts with BGCA and First Book in 2020, in past years Ross Associates participated in local BGCA Club events and career readiness workshops and worked with First Book to read and distribute books to children in local educational programs.

Even during the challenges of COVID-19, Ross Associates participated in a variety of fundraisers and volunteering efforts to support local and national charitable organizations.

Examples include:

  • Associates across our Corporate and Buying Offices supported our annual Back to School Drive to give young students across the country backpacks and school supplies.
  • In New York, Associates participated in a virtual fundraiser to contribute to City Harvest and help keep food on the table for New Yorkers in need.
  • Each year Ross holds a Season of Giving that supports charitable partners through fundraisers that provide Thanksgiving meals and fulfill children’s winter wishes for coats and toys.
  • Volunteers gifted their time for several virtual activities with our nonprofit partners, including writing motivational letters for local students and coaching and judging student entrepreneurship ideas.
  • Associates support hundreds of causes each year through the Matching Gift Program.

“Not all superheroes wear capes, some work at ROSS! Year after year, you have continued to rise to the occasion, putting a smile on the faces of hundreds of our members through donating backpacks filled with school supplies and a warm coat for winter. Each member smiles from ear to ear as they try on and model their new coat or backpack. Thank you, Ross Associates, for graciously taking the time to put a smile on a child’s face.”

— Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland