When people care, great things happen
Each month, jcp cares supports a new cause, inviting customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar. Whether rounding up in store at the register or at jcp.com, this small amount of change adds up in a big way for our monthly partner. Thank you for making a difference.
Learn about our partners
- No Kid Hungry — Share our Strength
- The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Habitat for Humanity
- Girls Inc
- Crisis Text Line
- Dress for Success
- The YMCA
- The Salvation Army
- No Kid Hungry
- The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- Teach for America
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Partner of the month: USO
The USO is a private, non–profit organization dedicated to lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families by providing a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad along with top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. Providing critical support to those who need it most—including forward–deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and families of the fallen—the programs and services the USO provides are made possible thanks to the support of people across America, corporate partners and dedicated volunteers and staff.
Learn more at www.uso.org
NO KID HUNGRY®—SHARE OUR STRENGTH
No child should grow up hungry, yet one in five children struggle with hunger in the United States. Share Our Strength has made it their mission to end this epidemic by ensuring that all children receive healthy food by 2015. Thanks to generous donations from people like you, their "No Kid Hungry®" campaign is able to provide kids with nutritious food and teach families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Share Our Strength is committed to creating nurturing environments where kids are able to learn, grow and thrive thanks to healthy food choices.
Learn more at www.nokidhungry.org
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) is an independent, not–for–profit organization committed to funding the most advanced scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. With 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs, it remains one of the most fiscally responsible charities in the country. Thanks to generous donations from people like you, JCPenney was able to fully fund ten leading–edge BCRF research projects, led by distinguished investigators from prominent institutions across the United States, with round–up dollars raised in 2012.
Powel Brown, MD, PhD — University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Researching how breast cancer develops and grows, and then working to test methods for future development of drugs for breast cancer prevention and more effective treatment.
Daniel A. Haber, MD, PhD — Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Studying the genetic makeup of breast cancer cells and testing their drug sensitivity patterns in the hopes of one day individualizing therapy for each patient.
Dennis E. Hallahan, MD — Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, American Association for Cancer Research
Creating special drug–carrying antibodies that can attach to and radioactively treat breast cancer cells.
Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, MD and Mien–Chie Hung, PhD — University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Identifying possible causes of triple negative breast cancer and building on earlier discoveries in hopes of developing new therapies for women who suffer from this aggressive type of cancer.
Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD — Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Utilizing sophisticated genetic models to identify and develop targeted therapies for breast cancer.
David Rimm, MD, PhD — Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Identifying mutations in genes in order to predict who'll benefit from certain cancer drugs and utilizing T-cells to attack tumors that previously have been resistant treatment.
Robert J. Schneider, PhD — NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Studying the genetic makeup of advanced breast cancers and developing new treatment strategies, primarily focusing on the role of protein synthesis.
George W. Sledge, Jr., MD — Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
Discovering new connections between specific treatments, breast cancer reoccurrence and survival among 15,000+ breast cancer patients using a research database, Oncoshare, developed by his team.
Jeffrey N. Weitzel, MD, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, CA
Assessing the effectiveness of a low–cost test that is able to detect BRCA mutations in Latin American women at high risk of developing breast cancer.
Gerburg Wulf, MD, PhD — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Building a research infrastructure for early–phase clinical studies focused on identifying the best treatment strategies for triple negative breast cancer.
Learn more at www.bcrfcure.org.
DoSomething.org motivates young people all over the world to take action in their communities—from putting a stop to bullying, starting recycling programs, fighting animal cruelty and more. With more than 2.1 million members, DoSomething.org helps children, teens and young adults make a difference without needing money or even a car. In return, these volunteers are entered to win scholarships, helping to ensure their bright futures as leaders of social change.
Learn more at www.DoSomething.org.
Founded in 1998, AdoptAClassroom.org is a nonprofit organization that gives teachers the necessary tools to successfully educate our children by making it easy for donors to provide funding and support. Inadequate resources in the classroom are undermining the success of our schools. On average, teachers spend more than $1,000 of their own money each year to purchase supplies for their students. In addition to basic materials such as pencils and paper, many teachers are providing their students with toothbrushes, hand soap, warm clothing and other personal care items. Approximately 67% of teachers make sure their students have at least one real meal during the day by purchasing basic food items. Thanks to generous contributions from people like you, AdoptAClassroom.org has raised more than $20 million dollars—helping over 3.7 million students learn, dream and succeed.
Learn more at www.AdoptAClassroom.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America have helped young people realize their full potential as productive, responsible citizens. Affordable, high–impact programs offer life–enhancing experiences with an emphasis on academic success, good character and a healthy lifestyle. With the help of caring adult mentors, Boys & Girls Clubs of America guide kids toward the path to a great future.
Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America at www.GreatFutures.org.
Thanks to your support, jcpenney was able to raise and donate over one million dollars to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2012. Your generous donations fund Club access grants and help promote programs like Tools for Back to School, an initiative that provides kids with the tools they need to achieve academic success. These contributions ensure that thousands of children have the opportunity to benefit from the education, safety and limitless possibilities that the Clubs provide.
At left are examples of how the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America are saying "thank you!"
If I didn't have the Boys & Girls Club my kids would not have a place to go. There is no other program that does what this one does and no other place I would want my kids to be. This place has meant so much to me and my family. My kids get the direction they need and I only wish I could give back to the Club more. I can't afford most of the other programs and grants like this help me and my kids continue to be a part of such a great program. Thank you!
—Club Parent on the positive impact
of grants that pay for Club memberships
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. Partnering with parents, guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children with screened volunteer mentors. The organization monitors and supports these one–to–one mentoring matches throughout their course and holds itself accountable for children in the program to achieve measurable outcomes—including educational success, greater confidence and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity—often those of single–income or low–income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military—with strong and enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters at www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This global nonprofit organization seeks to be a catalyst for transformation by building and repairing homes, mobilizing volunteers and advocating for sound housing policy worldwide. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with individuals, groups and low–income households, so families in need of a decent shelter can participate in their own housing solutions.
Learn more about Habitat for Humanity at www.habitat.org.
Michael Graves supports Habitat for Humanity
World–renowned architect and designer, Michael Graves, will be joining jcpenney in the support of Habitat for Humanity. Graves is a long–standing advocate for the disabled. He and his architecture practice, Michael Graves & Associates, have designed a Habitat for Humanity house that focuses on accessibility and universal design (see the floor plans, left). Habitat for Humanity will use the new design to build homes with low–income families who require accessibly designed houses.
I am very happy to be working on this project with Habitat for Humanity and jcp cares. Our nation faces major challenges related to the aging of our population. I hope to contribute to the solutions with a focus on accessible design. This project shows how one can improve accessibility without increasing costs, which is so important to affordable housing. It is my hope that this design will improve the lives of every family who will live in one of these houses.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through life–changing programs and experiences that help girls overcome gender, economic and social barriers. Research–based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all–girl environment, equip girls with the tools they need to achieve in academics—especially science, technology, engineering and math. The program also offers instruction on how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, manage money and navigate media messages. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6–18 annually across the United States and Canada.
Learn more about Girls Inc. at www.girlsinc.org.
Girls Inc. and The Pearl Fund
The Pearl Fund is a scholarship for Girls Inc. students founded by Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman. Named in honor of Georgina's daughter, Pearl, this scholarship will be awarded to 20 deserving high school and college students who are participants or alumna of Girls Inc.
Crisis Text Line
This is a chance to be part of creating something big—the Crisis Text Line. Teens struggle every day with issues like bullying, homophobia and suicidal thoughts. The Crisis Text Line will be a free text message hotline where teens can reach out to trained counselors 24/7.
Learn more about the Crisis Text Line at www.crisistextline.org.
Dress for Success
February's partner, Dress for Success, is an international nonprofit that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success offers innovative and engaging services designed to help women find jobs and remain employed. Over the past 16 years, Dress for Success has served over 650,000 women around the world through more than 120 affiliates in 13 countries.
The YMCA is one of the nation's leading nonprofits working to strengthen communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the United States, 2,700 Ys connect with 21 million men, women and children, regardless of age, income or background. The YMCA strives to improve the nation's health and well being, while providing opportunities to support the community and nurture the potential of children and teens. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long–standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
The Salvation Army—The Red Kettle Campaign
"Doing The Most Good" sums up the mission of The Salvation Army. The organization operates 7,593 centers in the United States, providing food distribution, disaster relief, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, anti–human trafficking efforts and a wealth of children's programs. Its traditional Red Kettle Campaign is an integral part of the Christmas season, with millions of dollars donated each year to the needy. Nearly 30 million people received help from The Salvation Army in 2011, and the magnitude of the mission to aid communities throughout the United States still remains great.
No Kid Hungry—Share Our Strength
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. By connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, Share Our Strength surrounds children with healthy food where they live, learn and play.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation strives to achieve prevention and find a cure for breast cancer by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness of good breast health. Since its inception, BCRF has raised more than $380 million to support the most advanced and promising breast cancer research across the globe. The Foundation supports dedicated scientists and through their research, BCRF hopes to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.
Teach for America
Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that all kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. The organization recruits a diverse group of leaders who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in urban and rural communities. These leaders, now 33,000 strong, are working at every level of education and across professions to give all kids the education they deserve and opportunity to reach their full potential.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been helping kids reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Through a wide range of programs including arts, education, sports and leadership, young people are given the opportunity to be involved in life–enhancing experiences.
4–H is the nation's largest youth development organization with more than six million young people actively creating positive change within their communities and their world. For more than 100 years, 4–H has inspired young people to step up and make a difference through hands–on science, healthy living and citizenship programming.
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families through highly valued programs, morale–boosting services and engaging entertainment. From South Korea to Germany, from Okinawa to Afghanistan, and here at home in the U.S., the USO continues to adapt to the needs of our troops and their families. Providing the most impactful support possible, the USO continues to say "thank you" on behalf of the American people.
How your round–up dollars help in Puerto Rico
The in–store round–up program in Puerto Rico supports United Way programs in local Puerto Rican communities.
Funds raised in Puerto Rico benefit Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico, an organization that, for over 45 years, has integrated the community by working together with volunteers, charities and partners from different sectors to achieve the common good.