REGION – Main Street Bank continued its efforts to support local nonprofits last month, distributing $20,000 to four groups in the spirit of holiday giving.
The bank made $5,000 donations to United Way of Tri-County, Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts, Thrive Support & Advocacy Inc. and the United Way of North Central MA Youth Venture.
“This has undoubtedly been a challenging year for all our communities, and even more so for the local nonprofit organizations,” said Main Street Bank’s CEO, Walter Dwyer, in a press release. “It makes sense for us as a community bank to use our resources to support the groups that serve our neighbors.”
United Way of Tri-County
The money donated to the United Way of Tri-County will fund its annual Tools for Schools backpack program. These funds will support providing 200 backpacks full of school supplies for students and schools in need.
“With this generous donation we will be able to supply 200 backpacks to the local community,” said Barbara LaGrenade, volunteer center director of United Way of Tri-County. “This gives the students the supplies needed to succeed in the classroom.”
Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts
Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts (NCM) will be using this windfall to support the Critical Home Repair Program, which is a home preservation program that provides needed interior and exterior repairs for low-income homeowners.
The program aims to help homeowners maintain a safe, decent and affordable place to live.
“Main Street Bank is a true community partner, and we are very grateful for their support for our work and mission this holiday season,” said Carolyn Read, executive director of Habitat for Humanity NCM. “Habitat NCM’s Critical Home Repair program helps families in existing affordable homes in urgent need of assistance to keep their homes safe and warm. This grant will help us to help local families in need of these repairs.”
Thrive Support & Advocacy
Thrive Support & Advocacy celebrates and nurtures the abilities of people with developmental disabilities in Metrowest, Central Massachusetts, and beyond.
These funds will help support various programs, including participation in Special Olympics programs.
“Main Street Bank is truly dedicated to making our community stronger,” said Thrive President and CEO Sean M. Rose. “We at Thrive Support & Advocacy are privileged to have their support and partnership.”
United Way Youth Venture
United Way Youth Venture (UWYV) inspires and invests in teams of youth to create lasting social change. Ventures are completely youth-created and youth-led to address a need they see in their community. Through the process of launching a venture, young people learn the important skills of leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship and empathy as well as other valuable life skills.
“This contribution will allow UWYV to provide seed funding to additional Venture Teams this year, as well as innovate ways to connect and engage with youth both in and out of traditional school settings,” said director Lauren Mountain. “Without the support of donors like Main Street Bank, we would not be able to fulfill our mission.”
Main Street Bank is headquartered in Marlborough with branches throughout the Metrowest and northern Middlesex areas of Massachusetts.