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BEST BUDDIES: A WIN/WIN RELATIONSHIP


For more than 20 years, TJX has been committed to providing opportunities to those who face barriers to employment. Last year, we were pleased to begin working with Best Buddies, an organization of volunteers that create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Through the Best Buddies Jobs program, we’ve been able to hire Best Buddies participants to work in our T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and Sierra stores. Our teams partner closely with Best Buddies volunteers and participants to find roles in our stores that match the job seeker’s interests and talents, and we’ve been excited to hire participants in a variety of roles, including cashiers, dressing room attendants, greeters, merchandise organizers, and product assemblers. Bringing on a Best Buddies participant has also been positive for our stores as our Associates share that they feel like they’ve had an impact on someone’s career growth.

Caring for others is an important part of our culture, and we are passionate about supporting non-profit organizations that help provide the resources and opportunities people may need to build a better future. See how our work with Best Buddies is having an impact by reading Darius’s story.

DARIUS'S STORY


In 2018, after searching for a job for more than three months, Darius joined the team at T.J. Maxx. Darius quickly became a valuable resource to the store’s team, processing merchandise and helping to keep the store looking great for customers. As the holidays approached, Darius took on a key role for the store as one of the store’s Customer Brand Ambassadors, greeting customers and assisting them as needed.

For Darius, working at T.J. Maxx isn’t just a job – he says it’s provided consistency and structure in his life, as well as a place where he feels he is valued for his contributions.

”I feel like I’m making a difference,” Darius said. “I put a smile on customers’ faces. ”