University of Phoenix strives to remove barriers to education at all levels
Phoenix Employees Donate 27,000 School Supplies to local Boys & Girls Clubs
For American families back-to-school shopping is the second largest spending period behind the holiday season (RetailSails, 2011). The National Retail Federation (NRF) is forecasting that parents will spend an average of $606.40 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics this year alone (2011). Unfortunately for some families, basic school supplies are a luxury and their children will start the school year empty handed.
“By partnering with the Boys & Girls Club to provide school supplies for Phoenix youth we can materially affect these children’s lives and help put them on the path to education success,” says Pat Gottfried, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Throughout the month of July staff collected 27,000 supplies including more than 160 backpacks, as well as pencils, scissors, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, markers, colored pencils and notebook paper.
“We are tremendously grateful for University of Phoenix, and their ongoing support,” said Amy Gibbons, President & Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. “Their generous donation will ensure that hundreds of children in Phoenix and the West Valley are prepared to return to school not only with the supplies they need, but also the confidence.”
In addition to the donated supplies, the University mobilized more than 70 employee volunteers to organize and inventory the donations. These efforts are a continuation of the University’s long-time support of the Club. This year, University of Phoenix and the University of Phoenix Foundation, together, have contributed more than $2.5 million to local chapters and nation-wide programs, including 30 full-tuition scholarships.