Funds Will Help Foster Kids Get Ready For Return To School
August 26, 2020
Clinton Savings Bank employees raised, with a match from the bank, $1,000 to provide back-to-school supplies for foster children in their area. Every quarter, bank employees are invited to participate in a bank-wide day where they donate to a predetermined local cause and in turn enjoy wearing jeans for the day.
“One of the major components of a child’s success is an education. Without the proper supplies and support, children already will start off at a disadvantage. With the increasing amount of adversity that foster children face, and the stigma surrounding their situations, the struggles are overwhelming for them” said Lindsey English, founder and president of Fostering Change, Inc.
She added, “With this pandemic, we have had an increase in foster families who need our help, but a decrease in the amount of donations due to the financial strain many of our supporters are feeling at this time. With the donation from Clinton Savings, we were able to purchase 20 backpacks, 25 scientific calculators, 55 sets of earbuds, plus other general supplies that were needed. We cannot thank them enough for their support!”
This year is Fostering Change, Inc.’s third year of its Supplies for Success Drive. They service over 300 foster children in Massachusetts, with 95% of those children coming from the North Central and Central Massachusetts regions. They aim to help alleviate some of the struggles that foster children and their foster families face by helping provide adequate school supplies for all foster children from Pre-k through college.
Photo Caption: Lindsey English, founder of Fostering Change, Inc., surrounded by supplies she will provide to foster children with the $1,000 donation provided by Clinton Savings Bank.
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