(Pictured L-R: Julie Thurlow, President & CEO, Evelyn Friedman, Executive Director of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Maxine Hart, Chief Human Resources Officer)
Reading, MA – Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) recently delivered a $50 thousand check to the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc (GLCAC) for their proposed new childcare center. The GLCAC originated in 1965 as the Lawrence Community Action Council and was established as a means of fighting the war on poverty. The organization’s mission statement is to open pathways to stability and prosperity for people in need, while preparing them to make decisions that will positively affect their lives.
The GLCAC seeks to encourage and promote the improvement of community life in Greater Lawrence with special attention paid to the initiation of programs in education and training, social services, child care, health and nutrition through WIC (Women, Infants & Children), housing, heating and weatherization, youth employment, and related fields. The GLCAC has partnered with local, State and Federal governments, as well as private agencies, in generating opportunities and inspiring hope for those living in poverty. Currently, the GLCAC serves over 25,000 clients in a variety of programs and has an annual operating budget of over $30 million.
“We are very thankful for the investment in the much-needed redevelopment of our child care center,” said Evelyn Friedman, Executive Director of the GLCAC. “It has been a great pleasure to work with Julie Thurlow and Maxine Hart, who both understand the needs of the community and bring the assets of the bank and their personal commitment to improve the environment here in Lawrence.”
“It’s a privilege to be on the board of an organization committed to fighting poverty by offering direct assistance to people who are less fortunate,” said Maxine Hart, Chief Human Resources Officer. “They’re doing amazing work to support and help families ultimately reach financial self-sufficiency.”
For more information, or to donate to the GLCAC, please visit https://www.glcac.org/.
Reading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Woburn, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at www.readingcoop.com.
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