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United Bank Foundation pledges $83,500 for youth, family, and education initiatives

United Bank Foundation pledges $83,500 for youth, family, and education initiatives

Dena M. Hall, president of the United Bank Foundation, announced today that the Foundation recently awarded $83,500 to organizations and initiatives designed to benefit children, families, and students and schools in the greater Springfield and Worcester regions.

In Worcester, the Foundation awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, to support the UMass Labs Program for Worcester high school students.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, Inc. received a grant in the amount of $10,000 to support Chicopee youth in the Community-based Mentoring Expansion Project. A $25,000 grant was made to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield for the Club’s Raise the Roof Capital Campaign building expansion plans.

Families will benefit from the Foundation’s $4,500 award to the Community Music School of Springfield for a Family Concert Series. A grant of $10,000 to the Holyoke Community College Foundation will support the Community Technology Center located at the new Holyoke Transportation Center. In Ludlow, the Boys & Girls Club was awarded $5,000 to be used for scholarships and to provide access to subsidized childcare for before- and after-school programs and summer camp for qualified families.

Rebuilding Together Springfield was awarded a grant of $10,000 to support home repairs, modifications, and rehabilitations for low-income Springfield homeowners. The Western Massachusetts Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America received $5,000 for its Scoutreach Initiative for involving low-income urban youth in Scouting. The YWCA of Western Massachusetts was awarded $5,000 to support renovations and the construction of additional rooms at the Clough Street Facility.

Westfield Public Schools received a $2,000 grant. A $1,000 grant from the Foundation to the Springfield Vietnamese American Citizens Association will help the Family Empowerment Program provide educational support to Vietnamese students and families in greater Springfield. With its $1,000 grant from the Foundation, Links to Libraries will provide new books to area pre-schools and elementary schools, to promote language and reading skills.

The United Bank Foundation has awarded nearly $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) not-for-profit 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.