United Bank Foundation MA Grants $30,000 to Human Resources Unlimited
The United Bank Foundation Massachusetts today announced that it recently approved a $30,000 grant for Human Services Unlimited (HRU), a nonprofit organization in Springfield that provides high quality rehabilitation services for individuals who have disabilities or individuals who are at a disadvantaged when it comes to gaining access to employment opportunities, skills training and supportive community resources.
This 3-year grant from the Foundation totaling $30,000 will be dedicated to constructing new program space at HRU’s building on Dickinson Street in Springfield where they will maintain their ETS Career Services Program and Workforce Alternative Program. When the project is complete, HRU’s Dickinson Street location will provide meeting, training and staff space for over 150 individuals who are involved in individual or group workforce placements.
The ETS Career Services and Workforce Alternative programs currently serve 100 members per day, providing them with an opportunity to gain important vocational skills and social connections so they can achieve the goal of finding meaningful work in the community. ETS members also have access to programs held at local senior centers, the YMCA, community centers and other convenient locations where they can prepare for professional success.
“The wonderful impact HRU has on the Springfield business community is two-fold: they provide a skilled and hardworking pool of workers for local employers to hire while working closely with the area’s business community to create quality and rewarding employment opportunities for HRU members,” said Dena M. Hall, Western Mass Regional President and President of the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts. “And it’s not only about jobs and gainful employment. HRU instills in their members the type of self-confidence and social skills they need to succeed in the workplace and become engaged and relied upon citizens in the greater Springfield area.”
In 2015, Human Resources Unlimited worked with about 150 area employers and placed 246 individuals in local jobs. They also provided on-going support to over 400 members. For more information about HRU, please visit www.hru.org
Pictured from Left to Right for the United Bank Foundation’s check presentation are: Gregg Thompson (HRU’s Social Enterprise Director); Darilynn Nardi (Vice President, Area Branch Manager in West Springfield for United Bank); and Donald Kozera (HRU’s President & CEO).