From August 4-17, shoppers at JCPenney at the Regency Mall are invited to round-up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the Racine YMCA to support quality afterschool programs in their community. The Y has partnered with JCPenney to provide children in need with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that foster their academic, physical and social development.
“The availability of quality, affordable afterschool programs continues to be an important community objective in order to meet the needs of working families,” said Jeff Collen, YMCA CEO. “The support of JCPenney customers will make it possible for more local youth to participate in the YMCA’s afterschool programming, which includes YMCA School Age Child Care and the YMCA’s Young Leaders Academy.”
According to America After 3PM, a 2009 Afterschool Alliance report commissioned by JCPenney Afterschool, more than a quarter of America’s school children are on their own between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. More parents seek the resources to enroll their children in a beneficial afterschool program that helps kids develop social skills, engage in physical activity and achieve academic success - all within a safe and nurturing environment. JCPenney’s continuing support and commitment to the afterschool cause has made it possible for more children to participate in such positive afterschool environments nationwide.