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Raley's Reach Offers $25,000 in Grants to Local Schools to Inspire Community Action
Five $5,000 Grants Available for Schools throughout Northern California and Nevada
(Tuesday August 16, 2011)
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Just in time for the new school year, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores is partnering with Unilever to provide $25,000 in grants to local schools. Through the Raley’s Reach program, the regional, family-operated grocer is once again placing the money in the hands of the community to determine which schools will receive grants. Through participant nominations and votes, five $5,000 grants will be awarded by region to K-12 schools to benefit their back-to-school needs.
From Aug. 17 - Sept. 2, local PTAs, booster clubs, parents and community members are invited to nominate a deserving school to receive a $5,000 grant at www.raleys.com/reach. Then, beginning Sept. 6-23, it will be up to the online community to log on and cast their votes for the school that they would like to see benefit from one of the grants. Winners will be announced Sept. 30.
The five regions are defined by geographic location:
Region 1 – Northern Region (Nevada): Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Humboldt and Washoe counties
Region 2 – Foothill Region (California): Butte, Shasta, Siskiyou, Nevada, Sutter and Tehama counties
Region 3 – Greater Sacramento Region (California): Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties
Region 4 – Central Valley Region (California): Madera, Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties
Region 5 – Greater Bay Region (California): Alameda, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties
The top school with the most votes in each Reach-Region will receive $5,000 to put toward their stated back-to-school need. Whether it’s filling the school library with new books, providing access to new physical education equipment or purchasing art supplies for classrooms – the possibilities are endless.
With a long-standing reputation of giving back to Northern California and Nevada communities for more than 75 years, Raley’s offers the unique opportunity for grants to go where participants recognize the greatest need. The Raley’s – Unilever partnership offers the perfect opportunity to make a difference in local schools.
“Unilever is thrilled to be partnering with Raley’s on a program specifically designed to help local schools,” said Vinit Patel, Unilever’s Director of Sales. “Children are our future and we are proud to be able to contribute in a way that will help schools continue to shape and enrich students educational experience.”
The Raley’s Reach program was first launched in May of 2010 in honor of Raley’s 75th Anniversary. To date, Raley’s Reach has awarded more than $90,000 in grants to 15 community projects throughout Northern California and Nevada.
“Raley’s has a long history of supporting and giving back to schools in the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Teel-Wolter, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “With so many schools facing budget cuts and reduced resources, these Raley’s Reach grants can make a huge difference in the lives of children and we can’t wait to see how schools will use them.”