United Bank Foundation Donates $2,500 to Give “The Gift of Summer” to 50 At-Risk Youth in Worcester
The United Bank Foundation Massachusetts recently donated $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester to give 50 at-risk youth “The Gift of Summer” – their chance to attend a one-week summer program this year, free-of-charge, at the Club which is located in the heart of the Main South neighborhood.
In addition to giving city youth the opportunity to participate in activities that are typically offered at traditional summer programs, the Club’s summer program focuses on providing life-saving activities to prevent local youth from becoming at-risk. This includes at least 20 hours of weekly High Yield Activities (HYLAs) designed to curb summertime learning loss.
“At United Bank, our vision is to achieve excellence in all things, including making the communities where we do business a better place to live and work for residents of all ages. That’s why when we partner with organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester we know we’re making a dramatic difference in the lives of so many children and families who need our support the most,” said Tom McGregor, Senior Vice President & Regional Banking Executive.
“The impact of our $2,500 donation is two-fold: it gave 50 Worcester youths a rewarding and enjoyable place to go this summer while preparing them for the school year ahead.”
Todd Mandella, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker with United Bank, presents Liz Hamilton, Executive Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, with a $2,500 check for Club’s summer program.
“We are so grateful for United Bank’s investment in our Club and kids. Fifty youth, who might have been unsupervised or on the street, were given the opportunity to be in a positive and safe environment where they got to be kids,” Liz Hamilton, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester.
About the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts:
The United Bank Foundation Massachusetts was established in 2005 by United Bank as a permanent source of funding for the communities in the Bank’s market area. The Foundation has identified four primary areas that it supports through its quarterly funding cycles, including education; health and human services; youth programs; and cultural programs. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted more than $2.6 million to nonprofits in the communities served by United Bank. For more information on United Bank and the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts, please visit www.bankatunited.com
ABOUT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF WORCESTER:
The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester is the largest youth-serving agency in central Massachusetts. We serve 6,000 children annually, and close to 400 daily. Our Clubhouses are in 3 of Worcester's most disadvantaged areas, whose populations are at high risk of dropping out of school and of being targeted by gangs. 80% of our Club kids are at or below the poverty line, 83% are minority, and 64% live in single-parent families. We provide a vast selection of programs in our core areas of Academic Success, Leadership & Civicism, Healthy Habits, Family Support, and the Arts. We have a 127-year history of helping Worcester’s disadvantaged youth transform themselves into the adults they want to be.