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Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey Awarded $20,000 Rite Aid KidsCents Regional Grant

Grant Will Help Advance Girls on the Run Program in Camden and Ocean Counties  


Somerville, NJ  October 17, 2019 –Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey (GOTRCNJ) has been awarded a KidCents grant from the Rite Aid Foundation in the amount of $20,000 as part of Rite Aid's ongoing commitment to improving the lives of children. In this cycle of KidCents Regional Grants, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 233 nonprofit grants totaling more than $5 million. Grants were available in select counties in the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.


"The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to being a caring neighbor and making meaningful differences for the children and families who live in the communities we serve," said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. "The Regional Grant Program significantly expands the reach and impact of our KidCents program, while enabling our partner organizations to provide critical out-of-school time programs that are vital to keeping children and adolescents on track for future success."


The GOTRCNJ grant from the Rite Aid Foundation is targeted for Camden and Ocean Counties and will provide more girls with the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run. An independent study found that the program is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third – eighth grade girls. 97% of participants said they learned critical life skills such as how to resolve conflict, manage emotions, help others and make intentional decisions at Girls on the Run that they are using at home, at school and with their friends.


"We are grateful to the Rite Aid Foundation for their support," said Donna York, council director. This grant will help move our vision forward by providing opportunities for more girls in Camden and Ocean Counties to participate in this life-changing program."  


Individuals interested in learning more about the program, volunteering or starting a new site should contact Donna York at


About the Rite Aid Foundation

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $63 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994. 



About Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program that is designed to enhance girls' social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program's intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. 


Girls on the Run of Central NJ serves 2,200 girls at 117 sites in Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Camden and Ocean counties. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K race. With Councils in all 50 states. Girls on the Run has now served more than 1.6 million girls.  For more information on Girls on the Run Central NJ go to


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