Central One donates to African Community Education


Central One donates to African Community Education
Kerry Crutchley, Chief People & Culture Officer, Central One Federal Credit Union; Kaska Yawo, ACE Executive Director & Co-Founder; David Kaiser, Senior Vice President of Retail Services, Central One Federal Credit Union. (Photo/Courtesy)

SHREWSBURY – Central One Federal Credit Union recently donated $50,000 to African Community Education (ACE).

ACE is a community organization in Worcester that is dedicated to assisting African refugees and immigrant youth and families in achieving educational and social stability.

Their programs include out-of-school and family education programs, mentorship opportunities, community outreach and more.

Since ACE moved to the new facility, its programs and services have expanded. ACE now serves over 200 families with outreach services and provides educational programs for over 120 adult learners and over 100 youth.

Central One’s donation was in support of ACE’s Living Together Campaign, which is a fundraising campaign to help renovate its new facility at 51 Gage St., expand its programs and services and increase its long-term sustainability.

“At Central One, we don’t just offer financial services; we invest in the financial futures of those we serve,” said Central One President/CEO Devon Lyon. “We firmly believe that empowering our members with financial education is not just a service – it’s our duty. ACE’s programs have done an outstanding job of building stronger communities. When like-minded organizations come together to create an impact, everyone benefits. It is a privilege to support the tremendous work of ACE.”

Scholarship program

Central One is also accepting applications for their two scholarship programs – the Academic Scholarship and Student Member Academic Scholarships.

Academic Scholarships are available to Algonquin Regional, Auburn, Milford, Shrewsbury, Westborough and Worcester high schools. A total of six scholarships will be awarded.

The Student Member Academic Scholarship will award $1,000. It is available for students who graduate in May and will enter a four-year accredited program in the fall majoring in business and finance. The student will be considered based on their academic merits, school activities, community involvement and need.

Applications must be dropped off by April 13. For more information, visit https://www.centralfcu.com/scholarships.

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