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United Bank Foundation awards $41,000 to support Springfield, Worcester area nonprofits

United Bank Foundation awards $41,000 to support Springfield, Worcester area nonprofits

Dena M. Hall, president of the United Bank Foundation, announced a total of $41,000 in grants awarded in support of community initiatives in the Springfield and Worcester regions during the Foundation’s most recent round of funding.

Grant RecipientsWomanshelter/Companeras, a Holyoke-based nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence, received $5,000 from the Foundation.

Students will benefit from the Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Springfield School Volunteers to support the Science, Math and Reading Tutoring (SMART) program. A $5,000 grant will provide support to the Enchanted Circle Theater, an educational theater company based in Holyoke that inspires learning through the arts.

The Foundation awarded grants in the amount of  $4,000 each to the Community Adolescent Resource and Education (CARE) Center in Holyoke, to fund a portion of the teen Rowing Strong, Rowing Together program; Noble Hospital  in Westfield, to purchase recliners for psychiatric patients in the Emergency Department; andSpringfield College, to fund the East Campus renovation project.

Additional grants included $3,000 to the Carson Center for Human Services in Westfield, to fund a fully accessible spray park for Kamp for Kids.  $2,500 was awarded to Valley Community Development Corporation to support a foreclosure prevention counseling program for Hampshire County residents.

Grants of $1,000 each went to Domus, Incorporated to support the community youth and adult basic education program in greater Westfield, and the Northampton Center for the Arts, to support Northampton Draws, a free community art festival and workshop.

The Worcester Community Action Council received $4,000 from the Foundation to support its low-income home energy assistance program. Worcester’s Center for Living and Working, an independent living center, received $2,500 to help fund its Transition to Adulthood Vocational Internship Program.

The Foundation

The United Bank Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants since it was established in 2005 as a permanent source of funding to benefit communities in United Bank’s market area. The Foundation Board of Directors meets quarterly to review requests submitted by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in cities and towns served by United Bank branches in the greater Springfield and Worcester regions.

The Foundation’s four primary funding areas of interest are education, health and human services, youth development and cultural programs. Foundation guidelines can be found online at bankatunited.com.

The Bank

United Financial Bancorp, Inc. is a publicly owned corporation and the holding company for United Bank, a federally chartered bank headquartered at 95 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA 01090. The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol UBNK. As of December 31, 2011 the Company had total consolidated assets of $1.6 billion.

United Bank provides an array of financial products and services through its 16 branch offices and two express drive-up branches in the Springfield region of Western Massachusetts, and six branches in the Worcester region of Central Massachusetts. The Bank also operates a loan production office located in Beverly, MA.

Through its Wealth Management Group, the Bank offers access to a wide range of investment and insurance products and services, as well as financial, estate and retirement strategies and products. For more information regarding the Bank’s products and services and for United Financial Bancorp, Inc. investor relations information please visit bankatunited.com orfacebook.com/bankatunited.