Cornerstone Bank, a community bank with 12 locations throughout Central Massachusetts, has donated $50,000 to two Worcester County nonprofit organizations: $40,000 to the Worcester Community Action Council and $10,000 to the Worcester County Food Bank. The two groups are dedicated to improving quality of life by ending poverty and food insecurity throughout the region, respectively.
“Both of these organizations share our deep commitment to the wellbeing of residents throughout Central Massachusetts, which is why we are supporting them,” said Cornerstone Bank CEO Todd Tallman. “They are each providing the underserved residents of Worcester County with the essentials they need to survive and succeed during a difficult time.”
The Worcester Community Action Council is one of 23 community action agencies in Massachusetts with the mission of helping people toward economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy. To break the cycle of poverty for tens of thousands of people annually, WCAC helps to provide opportunities for energy assistance, early education and care, financial empowerment, positive youth development, and career pathways.
The Worcester County Foodbank is dedicated to engaging and educating the region in creating a hunger-free community through partnerships with donors and volunteers, as well as business and community leaders. Last year, their network of 115 local pantries and programs helped to distribute nearly 6.1 million pounds of donated food to 75,000 people across 60 Worcester County communities.
“As a community bank, we live and work in Central Massachusetts, which is why we are committed to supporting these causes that improve the quality of life for those around us,” continued Tallman. “We are honored to work alongside both these charitable organizations and look forward to the good that will come from these donations.”
“These resources will be used to support some of the most vulnerable households – seniors, disabled individuals, veterans, and families with young children – especially after their federal fuel assistance has been depleted,” noted WCAC Executive Director Marybeth Campbell. “Families across our service area are experiencing a far greater need for WCAC’s services – many for the first time. We are grateful for Cornerstone Bank’s support of our efforts, particularly during these challenging times, and know this will make a positive impact for many, many households this winter.”
WCAC’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), best known as fuel assistance or home heating assistance, helps homeowners and renters pay home heating bills and past due balances on utility bills. Financial assistance is available for income-eligible households to help pay home heating bills between November 1 – April 30 of each year. Additional information, including a new online application for first-time applicants is available on the agency’s website at www.WCAC.net
To learn more about Cornerstone Bank and their charitable work, please visit cornerstonebank.com.