Ally Teams with Boys & Girls Clubs to Deliver School Supplies to Detroit-Area Students and Kick Off New Backpack Café Program

Company donates backpacks, school supplies and money skills books to kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to start the school year
Aug 25, 2016 9:00 AM ET
Press Release

DETROIT, August 25, 2016 /3BL Media/ - In honor of Back to School season, Ally Financial distributed backpacks and school supplies to 600 Detroit-area students at Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan's annual "Be Fit for School" event, and stocked the Detroit Club's library with 50 books on financial literacy topics and money skills. Ally is also sponsoring the new Backpack Café program, which will allow Boys & Girls Clubs' kids dealing with food-insecurity to take a backpack full of healthy food home with them each weekend. The donations were made in an effort to provide local kids with the support they need as they start the new school year.

"Ally is proud to once again be supporting Detroit children with school supplies as they head back to school, and also sponsoring an innovative new program that provides food for kids over the weekend when they are away from school lunches and after school program snacks," said Gina Proia, Ally chief communications officer and head of corporate citizenship. "We are pleased to join with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to encourage Detroit students in their educational endeavors and remind them that they are supported by a community that cares."

Ally is sponsoring Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan's new Backpack Café program, which will begin this October. All children in the Detroit Public Schools receive free school lunches, and many rely on these meals during the week. The Backpack Café program will provide Boys & Girls Clubs' kids dealing with food insecurity a backpack of food to take home with them over the weekend.

"On behalf of all of us at Boys & Girls Clubs, I want to thank Ally for their support and participation in a very successful Be Fit for School event for our kids and for the support of our new Backpack Café program, which will continue to help these kids throughout the school year," said Len Krichko, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan. "Backpack Café is a brand new program that will help students access the food that they need over the weekend, when they may not have access to consistent meals."

About 600 elementary, middle and high school students received age-appropriate backpacks and supplies at the Be Fit for School event. Ally volunteers helped to run afternoon activities, serve lunch and read books to the younger students on money topics, to highlight the importance of reading and increasing financial literacy. Following the event, Ally donated 50 books on financial literacy topics to Boys & Girls Clubs' library to help students at all grade levels continue to learn good money habits and skills. 

Ally's Back to School efforts in Detroit reflect the company's overall commitment to the community and youth through donations, programs, partnerships with local organizations and volunteerism. Last fall, Ally teamed up with The Detroit Public Schools Foundation to donate 3,000 books on money skills and topics to elementary and middle schools in the city, and surprised all the students at Spain Elementary-Middle School with supplies for the year.

About Ally Financial Inc.
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally's legacy dates back to 1919, and the company was redesigned in 2009 with a distinctive brand, innovative approach and relentless focus on its customers. Ally has an award-winning online bank (member FDIC), one of the largest full service auto finance operations in the country, a complementary auto-focused insurance business, a growing digital wealth management and online brokerage platform, and a trusted corporate finance business offering capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.  

The company had approximately $157.9 billion in assets as of June 30, 2016. For more information, visit the Ally press room at  or follow Ally on Twitter: @AllyFinancial.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan is a nonprofit youth development organization that provides high-quality programs for children, youth and teens (ages 6 to 18; grades 1-12) throughout southeast Michigan. Over 15,000 kids count on their 10 neighborhood Boys & Girls Clubs as a place for fun, learning, leading, and serving during non-school hours and summer breaks. B&GCSM is passionate about providing a safe, productive, and positive environment that leads to academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit

Desirée Chavis