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Associate Engagement

When it comes to the giving back to the community, we’re all in. At Staples, our associates are passionate about getting personally involved in community efforts, and they’re always looking for more ways to reach out. That’s why we’re excited about our 2 Million & Change program as a way for associates to connect with the causes they care most about.

2 Million & Change

In 2012, Staples Foundationsm changed its giving approach by launching 2 Million & Change. This unique program allows associates around the world to direct $2 million of Foundation funding to non-profit organizations focused on education and job skills. The program brings associates into the giving process and encourages community involvement. In the program’s first year, more than $2.1 million was directed to 470 organizations that associates personally care about and support..

Cradles to Crayons

Since 2002, Cradles to Crayons has provided children ages 0–12 some of the most important basics of life, free of charge. Beginning in 2010, Staples has partnered with Cradles to Crayons to make sure the children in Boston have the essentials they need. In 2013, home office associates collected thousands of jackets, scarves and hats for Cradles to Crayons in our 2nd Annual Winter Clothing Drive.

Supporting Our Communities

Associates around the world dedicate their time and resources in many ways, including:

  • Participating in a community day of service
  • Leading school supply and holiday gift drives
  • Mentoring and tutoring students
  • Organizing community events
  • Sharing business expertise and knowledge with local youth
  • Participating in fitness fundraisers in which Staples teams walk, run or bike to raise money for a local cause. To date, fundraisers have taken place in the U.S., Canada, France, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.

2 Million & Change

“I’m so glad that Staples has a platform for associates to share information about the organizations they care about.”
Amy CandelaSr. Copywriter
Nominated Special Olympics Massachusetts

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