Madison County Future chosen by Staples to receive grant

Staff report

Madison County Future, Inc. has been awarded a $1,000 grant by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that allows Staples associates to direct donations.

The grant will benefit the Madison County Workforce Readiness Credential, a program that prepares students for jobs in the community.

The program is a partnership among five local school districts and 15 businesses, according to David Kell, executive director of Madison County Future, Inc.

“These grant dollars will go a long way to help us enhance the program for our local students,” Kell said.

The Madison County Workforce Readiness Credential was created locally to encourage high school students to develop soft skills and prepare them for work and life after high school.

This grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to nonprofit organizations that are focused on education or job skills.

The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising — up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2014, Staples awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 1,056 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, job skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.

“Staples Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc.

Madison County Future Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 collaborative economic development organization, dedicated to creatively supporting continued growth for the benefit of business and citizens within the collective community.

The organization works to benefit every citizen and business within the collective community of Madison County while balancing agriculture, business, education, quality of life, and heritage.

Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc.

Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries.

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