Supporting Seniors in Dudley

Supporting Seniors in Dudley

In the picture from left to right: Richard Leahy - CEO/President, Webster Five; Sarah White – Executive Director, HANDS for Help; Sam Bitar - Executive Director of the Webster Five Foundation and Business Analyst, Webster Five; Tracy Burns – Dudley Assistant Branch Manager, Webster Five

The Webster Five Foundation announced that, as part of its Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it will donate $1,000 to Hands for Help in Dudley, Inc. The donation will be added to the funds available for awards to individuals qualifying for assistance.

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. HANDS operates to help senior citizens in Dudley who are on limited fixed incomes and struggle to heat their homes during the winter months, often sacrificing food and medication for warmth.

To receive assistance from HANDS, applicants must reside in Dudley, be over the age of 60, and have an income of $20,000 or less. Awards are mailed directly to their respective home heating suppliers. HANDS is funded solely through donations, so award amounts are determined based on the amount of money available and the number of qualifying applicants. Ninety-five percent of all donations received are given directly to individuals qualifying for assistance. HANDS has not only impacted the seniors positively, but also the Dudley community as a whole. Since its inception in 2008, HANDS has given $27,751 in awards.

HANDS is a grass roots organization comprised of individuals who care deeply about the Dudley community. They wish to serve in a way to improve the lives of those whose standard of living has been compromised due to significantly increased costs in heating, food, and medical expenses at the same time that their fixed incomes have stagnated. The organization hopes to one day award enough money to fill the oil tank or cover the winter months’ expenses of each qualifying applicant, and continue to serve the community in years to come.

Richard T. Leahy, president and chief executive officer of Webster Five, stated, “We recognize the value of what Hands for Help is doing for the senior citizens in our community. Webster Five is honored to support their goal to help people with fixed incomes meet the rising heat and oil costs, without sacrificing other necessities.”

HANDS founder, Sarah White, stated, “We are extremely appreciative for Webster Five’s donation to support our efforts to provide financial relief to our community’s senior citizens, affected by the high costs of staying warm in the harsh winter months.”

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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