Cesar Vargas on The Rapidian
September 26th, 2011
Check out this great article we found on The Rapidian about one of our past Club Members who just headed to the University of Michigan this year: http://therapidian.org/standing-giants-cesar-vargas039-journey-graduation!
A BIG Thank You to our New Donors!
September 26th, 2011
Heading into the 2011-2012 school year, we want to thank and celebrate new donors!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Michigan, The Wege Foundation, Target, and United Way have helped to ignite the academic, environmental, and health goals of over 600 local youth in our community this year. With their support we can shape creative programs for those who need us most.
As a community-driven organization, our vision is shaped by children, their families, and donors committed to providing a positive place for holistic growth and development in our Club-house environment.
Therefore, we extend a huge and heartfelt "thank you" to the following donors: The Grand Rapids Police Department, the Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation, Comcast, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, the VanderWeide Family Foundation, KT Community Foundation, the Sebastian Foundation, and GE.
We cannot express it enough, thank you!
JCPenney Supports BGC After School Fund
September 9th, 2011
JCPenney held a ribbon cutting Friday, September 2, 2011 at Woodland Mall. It was the Grand Re-Opening of its recently renovated store. Acting Exectutive Director of BGCGRYC, Dave Emenheiser, was there to receive the JCPenney's $2,000 dontion to the Clubs' After School Fund. A big thank you to JCPenney and the store manager, Gary Leathers!
Over 1,000 school supplies collected by high school volunteers!
September 9th, 2011
Over 1,000 school supplies were collected by Jack Malley and his team consisting of Matt Campbell, Cameron Allie, Jacob Swanson, Allison Lang, George Malley, Megan Malley, Taylor Smith and Dallas VanBelkum. The school supplies are being distributed among our Club members at both locations. The group members that collected the items are all high school students who wanted to give back to the community by going and securing donations of school items. Jack used the flyer below to just show how far even a dollar can go to help support our youth succeed academically.
ALDI gives back in celebration of new store
September 6th, 2011
Beginning Tuesday, September 13, 2011, ALDI will offer grocery shoppers a smarter alternative as the select assortment discount grocer opens a new location in Grand Rapids at 3101 Knapp Street NE. Known for its premium ALDI select brands, ALDI offers high-quality grocery items at unbeatable prices.
“We are pleased to bring this location to Grand Rapids to help customers stretch their grocery dollars further,” said J.T. Branneman, ALDI Webberville division director of operations. “ALDI consistently delivers value to our customers by providing high-quality products at prices well below the competition. When people try our ALDI select brands, they quickly realize they don’t have to sacrifice great taste for incredible savings.”
ALDI will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Grand Rapids store on Monday, September 12, 2011, in which the public is invited to attend to sample ALDI select brands, tour the new store and shop for their favorite grocery items. Additionally, attendees can enter for a chance to win one of five $100 ALDI gift certificates in an on-site raffle.
In celebration of the new store and the company’s ongoing commitment to the Grand Rapids community, ALDI will be donating $5,000 worth of snacks to the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth to support the organization’s “Family Night” activities at the Seidman and Steil locations on September 27 and October 26, 2011.
“We are excited to be able to support the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth in their efforts to cultivate a developmentally rich environment for our community’s youth,” said Branneman. At ALDI, we strive to provide community members with the best possible value, and look forward to working with an organization that adds value to the lives of our country’s future leaders.”
Customers can expect to find more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased items sold under ALDI select brands for prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets. A model of efficiency, ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart, efficient practices, such as a grocery cart deposit system, through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store layout, open carton displays and encouraging the use of ALDI reusable shopping bags.
ALDI also saves shoppers money by keeping stores open during prime shopping times. The new Grand Rapids store will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. ALDI accepts cash, debit and EBT cards as forms of payment.
A grocery retailer that has grown without merger or acquisition, ALDI plans to open more than 80 stores in the US in 2011.
About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, ALDI is committed to bringing customers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. The company’s exclusive brands meet or beat the national name brands on taste and quality. With more than 1,100 U.S. stores located in 31 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast, ALDI continues to expand, most recently in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and South Florida. ALDI applies smart and efficient operational and business practices to save more than 20 million monthly customers up to 50 percent on their grocery bills. ALDI sells more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased grocery and household items in a simple and easy-to-navigate shopping environment. For more information about ALDI, visit www.aldi.us.