Staples, Inc., one of the largest office and school supply retail chains in the United States, used the opening of its first North Las Vegas store as an opportunity to set its community outreach in motion. The company donated $2,500 to Public Education Foundation.

“Staples is committed to building a better community in North Las Vegas by supporting organizations that help local youth succeed,” said Dan Hernon, general manager of Staples.  “Through this contribution, Staples is helping The Public Education Foundation enrich and expand educational opportunities for students in the area.”

The donation is related to Staples Foundation for Learning, which helps fund local programs that provide education or job skills targeting disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning’s mission is to teach, train, and inspire.

The Public Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing community and global resources to meet the challenges of educating a growing and diverse Southern Nevada population. The Foundation’s programs and initiatives are designed to improve student performance and advance quality educational opportunities for all children.

Staples Foundation for Learning furthers their outreach connection through several partnerships, including organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Other beneficiaries include: Ashoka, which empowers youth to act as positive agents for social change in their communities; Earth Force, which trains and supports youth to connect to their communities and address environmental issues; Initiative for Competitive Inner City, which aids business development to accelerate job growth and income for inner-city residents; and Hispanic Heritage Foundation, which focuses on supporting and celebrating Hispanic role models.

The donation provides an excellent example of using an event, such as a store opening, to establish the company's mission, vision, and values through community outreach. The donation also comes at the right time for Nevada, which has been challenged by state education budget cuts. Private donations help fill the financial void.