For over a decade, Ross Stores and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have worked together to help children achieve academic success, build confidence and lead healthy lives. Ross believes in BGCA’s mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
POWER HOUR AND SCHOLARSHIPS
For the 2015-6 school year, we "adopted" more than 38 local Boys & Girls Club Organizations, representing approximately 100 Club houses. In the adopted Clubs, the Ross Stores Foundation sponsors Power Hour, an after-school homework-help program. During Power Hour, Club members receive support in completing their homework to improve their academic performance and develop a sense of personal responsibility. During the 2013-14 school year, over 15,000 Club members participated in Power Hour at our adopted Clubs.
Since 2013, we have offered scholarships to college-bound seniors from our adopted Clubs.
2016 OPEN THE DOOR TO GREAT FUTURES CAMPAIGN
In February of 2016, Ross Associates at all of our Ross Dress for Less stores across the U.S. led a fundraiser to benefit BGCA. Thanks to our dedicated Associates and generous customers, nearly $2.7M was donated to support Power Hour at local BGCA Clubs.
CLUB ACTIVITY SUPPORT
Over the years, support has expanded beyond Power Hour. Ross Associates also host picnics, afternoon Club activities, and speak at workshops on career readiness. Volunteering in these ways not only supports youth, but creates a rewarding experience for our Associates. From a volunteer day with his team, a store manager shared the following story: “Today's Boys & Girls Club event made a huge impact on me. I cannot wait for the next one. It’s great to do work for the Clubs, yet it's all about the kids.”
As Ross grows, so does our partnership with BGCA. Whenever we open a new Ross Dress for Less or dd’s DISCOUNTS store, we invite the local Club to join in the grand opening celebration.