T.J. Maxx celebrated its 36th year of sponsorship of Save the Children U.S. in 2020. In addition to funding Save the Children’s literacy efforts through the year, T.J. Maxx also supported Save the Children’s 100 Days of Reading summer campaign, which was in need of increased support in 2020 following school closures across the nation due to the pandemic. Read more about our partnership below.
At Sierra, we want the outdoors to be accessible to everyone, so we provide support in connection with new store openings through grants to nonprofits that help children in those communities get outdoors. We also partnered with KABOOM! to support programs that are committed to providing safe places for all children to play, which has been of increased importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Open Outdoors for Kids, a National Parks Foundation program that creates opportunities for children to explore nature.
We have a long history of working with underserved youth in cities around the U.S. to help teach them job readiness skills and expose them to career paths in retail. In 2020, we transitioned from managing our own Youth Business Institute to supporting Junior Achievement, the nation’s largest provider of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills for young people. Their goal is to give young people the tools they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. TJX Associates have the opportunity to volunteer in Junior Achievement programs.
In 2019, TJX Canada launched its Find Your Stride community engagement program. The Find Your Stride program endeavors to help vulnerable women achieve economic independence so that they and their families can thrive in life. A key goal of the program is to provide education and job training for women, many of whom are young, single mothers that are preparing for the workforce. Partnerships include WoodGreen’s Homeward Bound program and the Women in Need Society (WINS). Women participating in the Homeward Bound program receive housing and childcare while pursuing a no-cost, two-year college diploma. On completing the degree program, participants also receive internships and job placement assistance. For WINS, in addition to our financial support, we developed the TJX Canada WINS Retail Ready program, a six-week program that provides training and work experience to enable women to find and maintain employment within the retail industry. Our Associate volunteers taught at training sessions, worked with program participants in mock job interviews, and conducted store tours.
In the U.K., TJX Europe engages with organizations that give young people access to broader educational opportunities with a goal of preparing them for employment opportunities. For many years, we have supported The Prince’s Trust through the Achieve and Get Into programs. The Achieve program is a development course designed to help young people aged 11-19 who are at risk of underachieving at school boost their confidence, learn new skills, and collaborate with others. Since 2016, Homesense’s support of the program has helped over 1,900 young people. Get Into Retail provides training, development, and employment opportunities for successful participants. As one of the largest partners of Get Into Retail, we are proud to have engaged with over 1,000 young people since the program began in 2013, with approximately 70% going on to get jobs with us. In addition, our Loss Prevention team partners with The Prince’s Trust in other ways to help disadvantaged young people create new futures for themselves through the Get Into Loss Prevention program.
TJX Europe also partners with Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA in Poland and Children for a Better World in Germany, two organizations that support disadvantaged children and young people. In 2020, our efforts helped provide educational opportunities for almost 2,500 youth in need.
At T.K. Maxx in Australia, we embrace community programs that equip disadvantaged youth with the resources and opportunities to rise up and build a better future. T.K. Maxx is a partner of AIME Mentoring, a global movement that has been working to end inequality using imagination and mentoring in education for youth in need since 2005. The organization aims to build bridges between people of many races and other socioeconomic divides to help create a future that is more equal for all.