Girls Inc. of Holyoke one of three local organizations awarded grants from MBA

Hampden County

Some western Massachusetts organizations received grants from the Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable Foundation on Monday.

It was a record number of awards this year for the foundation– 45 grants totaling $163,000. 22News was in Holyoke Monday morning as the Girls Inc. of Holyoke received $5,000 of that money.

Executive Director Suzanne Parker accepted the check Monday morning. Parker told 22News Girls Inc. was nominated by someone at Westfield Bank because of the work the organization does for the community.

“We’re always looking to meet the needs of girls in our community,” Parker said. “We are serving girls in Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield and throughout the Valley.  By having this additional support, we will be able to reach more girls.”

Girls Inc. is a nationwide organization that prepares young girls for careers that they otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to, for example, jobs in the science, technology engineering, and math fields. 

 “We are thrilled to be able to give these gifts,” said Donald P. Gill, chairman of the MBA Charitable Foundation. “This foundation has done so much good work over the years, yet each gift-giving season we see more need.  That’s why each year, we rededicate ourselves to this effort to help in any way we can.”

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Thrive Financial Success Center in Springfield were also presented with $5,000 grants.

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