United Bank Foundation Massachusetts Sends 50 Kids to Camp for Free
The United Bank Foundation Massachusetts announced today that they awarded a $2,500 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester so 50 kids from the area could attend the Club’s eight week summer camp for free.
In addition to providing a safe and fun place to explore and grow, the full-day summer programming, which runs from June 26 to August 18, is designed to address summertime learning loss that frequently occurs when children are away from school for the summer, particularly when it comes to children from low-income families. On average, low-income children lose two months of math and reading skills over the summer while wealthier children make slight gains.
Over the course of eight weeks, the Club implements High Year Learning Activities (HYLAs) which give the kids practice – 20 hours per week – in using literacy, math, science and critical thinking in everyday activities.
The diverse summertime programming includes robotics, digital movie-making, graphic design and computer game design as well as typical summer programs such as swimming lessons, basketball leagues, yoga classes and leadership opportunities. The Club also partners with the Worcester Police Department to offer Gang Awareness for the Next Generation (G.A.N.G.) that allows 300 at-risk youth enjoy three weeks of activities which are aimed at curbing the lure of joining a gang. In addition, the Club offers college prep and job readiness camps for teen campers. The summer camp also creates 30 to 50 local jobs.
Tom McGregor, Senior Vice President and Regional Commercial Banking Executive, and Todd Mandella (Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer) recently presented the $2,500 check to Liz Hamilton (Executive Director) and Carlos Garcia (Boxing Instructor) at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester.
“United Bank has been a longtime, ardent supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Western and Central Massachusetts and this is just another sound investment in giving area youths the opportunity to sharpen their educational skills in a fun, safe and rewarding atmosphere,” said Tom McGregor of United Bank. “By giving 50 kids from Worcester the opportunity to attend the camp for free, we hope this summer will be one they never forget while ensuring they are ready to learn when they return to school in the fall.”
Pictured from left to right are: Tom McGregor, United Bank; Carlos Garcia; Boys & Girls Club; Liz Hamilton, Boys & Girls Club; and Todd Mandella, United Bank.