Stoneham Savings Bank Gift Benefits Northeast Arc Families (05-08-13)
Stoneham, MA – Don Fournier, President of Stoneham Savings Bank, is pleased to announce that the Stoneham Savings•Salem Five Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 to Northeast Arc. The gift will fund specialized support services for families of children and adults with disabilities in communities where Stoneham Savings Bank has locations, including Stoneham, Malden, North Andover, Burlington and Tewksbury. Northeast Arc currently supports 432 families from those cities and towns.
“We are pleased to be given the opportunity to recognize and support all the great work that Northeast Arc has done, and will continue to do,” said Mr. Fournier.
Northeast Arc’s family support services consist of an inclusive pre-school and day care center; Early Intervention; Building Blocks, a specialized Early Intervention program for children on the Autism Spectrum; Spotlight, a drama-based social skills program for children and teens; Personal Care Assistance and much more. The Northeast Arc is proud to operate the Autism Support Center for the North of Boston region.
“Our families face more financial challenges than typical families due to the extra costs associated with caring for a child with a disability. Thanks to the generosity of the Stoneham Savings•Salem Five Charitable Foundation, Northeast Arc is there to support them in giving their children the best start possible,” said Jerry McCarthy, Executive Director of Northeast Arc. “We are fortunate to have Stoneham Savings Bank as one of our Corporate Partners and luckier still to have Don as Vice President of our Board of Directors. His time and talent are invaluable in helping us meet our mission.”
About the Stoneham Savings•Salem Five Charitable Foundation
Stoneham Savings is committed to helping build stronger, more vibrant and prosperous communities and we have established the Stoneham Savings•Salem Five Charitable Foundation which helps support important causes.
The Charitable Foundation was created to ensure that our strategic focus for giving has a lasting impact in the communities we service: Stoneham, Burlington, Malden, North Andover and Tewksbury. Accordingly, our focused support falls within three priority areas of concern: Economic Self-Sufficiency, Workforce Development, and Financial Literacy. We do support many worthwhile organizations throughout our communities that fall outside these areas, giving due consideration to all requests. However, as a mutual savings bank our overall sense of purpose is grounded in helping those in our community make smart decisions about financial challenges and opportunities, maintain quality employment, and ultimately, be able to financially sustain themselves and their families.
About Northeast Arc
Northeast Arc was created in the 1950s by parents of children with disabilities who rejected the assumption that their children should be institutionalized. Now serving over 7,000 people annually in more than 150 Massachusetts cities and towns, Northeast Arc is dedicated to helping people with disabilities become full participants in the community, choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play. The agency does this through a variety of programs, including Autism Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential and Transition. The agency also runs the ArcWorks Community Art Center on Foster Street in Peabody. Northeast Arc is the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and the 4th largest Arc in the country.
Corporate Partners – Don Fournier, President of Stoneham Savings Bank, presents a grant from the Stoneham Savings•Salem Five Charitable Foundation to Susan Ring Brown and Jerry McCarthy, Director of Development and Executive Director respectively, of Northeast Arc. For more information, contact: Cheryl French, Director of Events & Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 978-624-2497.
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