Helping Worcester Youth Get Crafty

Helping Worcester Youth Get Crafty

In the photo from left to right: Donald Doyle – Executive Vice President, Webster Five; Sam Bitar - Executive Director of the Webster Five Foundation and Business Analyst, Webster Five; Honee Hess – Executive Director, Worcester Center for Crafts; Richard Leahy - President/CEO, Webster Five

The Webster Five Foundation announced that as part of its Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it will donate a match grant of $2,000; totaling $4,000 to the Worcester Center for Crafts. The Worcester Center for Crafts is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Currently, it serves as the leading center for craft education, exhibition and entrepreneurship. The donation will help establish the WCC: Youth Programming.

Webster Five’s Web of Caring to Make a Difference program reinforces the bank’s long-standing initiative to give back to the community by supporting local organizations that are making a difference. As a well-established non-profit, the WCC benefits all members of the Worcester community, offering over 175 community classes for adults and providing studio classrooms to Worcester State University and its art students by offering an artist in residence program, exhibits and a high quality gallery store representing over 200 artists.

The new WCC: Craft and Creativity Youth Program is currently being organized to ensure that it reflects the latest research in creativity and learning. The center is surveying parents and guardians about their needs, which can be found on the WCC Facebook page. The program will satisfy the need for creative and artistic education amongst the youth in the Worcester community. The funds will support the development of a sustainable business plan for the youth program, marketing and publicity to implement and launch it, and operations to support long-term sustainability.

Richard T. Leahy, president and chief executive officer of Webster Five, stated, “We appreciate what Worcester Center for Crafts has been doing for our community for over 100 years. Through their efforts, they fill an important need for a variety of creative and artistic education services.”

Executive Director of WCC, Honee A. Hess said “We are very grateful to Webster Five for their donation. It is extremely valuable to have partners such as Webster Five who can help us better serve and educate the youth in and around the Worcester community.”

About Web of Caring to Make a Difference

Web of Caring to Make a Difference is a bank-wide community program created by Webster Five as a tangible means for the bank as an organization and its employees as individuals to make a positive impact by supporting local organizations that also are making a difference. Through the Webster Five Foundation, the program has donated more than $2 million dollars to various local nonprofit organizations for programs that support expanding and improving access to education, culture and the arts, social services, charitable activities and community development. Requests for funding through the Webster Five Foundation are reviewed by the board of directors and are awarded to established 501(c)(3) organizations in the above sectors that qualify.
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