Friendship Place to receive up to $1 million from Amazon

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Homeless services provider Friendship Place recently received its largest single commitment from a private donor, when online retailer Amazon pledged to match up to $1 million in donations to the Tenleytown-based nonprofit through the end of the year.

In 2016, the organization prevented or ended homelessness for 1,372 local residents and placed 249 people into full-time jobs, according to a news release. Friendship Place will use its Amazon donation to help families obtain long-term, stable housing, jobs, medical care and other necessities, the release states.

“Through efforts like these, Amazon is bringing its own corporate values of innovation, operational excellence and consumer focus into the social arena,” Friendship Place CEO Jean-Michel Giraud said in the release.