FRAMINGHAM – The charitable arm of Middlesex Savings Bank is providing a matching grant of up to $ 250,000 to the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, which will support improvements and additional programs at GCOS’s new Framingham Community and Culture Center.
Up to $ 250,000 will be donated by the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation over the next three years, with an equal amount raised by GCOS.
“This is a long-standing and trusting community relationship at its best,” said Susan Gentili, CEO of GCOS, in a statement. “Middlesex Savings Bank has supported our programming at FCCC from the start, and we are deeply grateful for their continued generosity.”
Gentili said GCOS intends to match the funding, “so families in MetroWest have access to high quality and affordable child care, in addition to a wide variety of cultural and recreational programs.”
SMOC acquired the former Suburban Athletic Club building at 10 Roxanna St. in January 2019. The purchase was made as part of a vision to create a transformative community center with a particular focus on reaching families of Framingham and surrounding towns which may have limited access to youth enrichment, recreational and cultural programs.
The FCCC offers a comprehensive set of programs to reach over 3,000 families and individuals each year.
Grant money from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation will go to fundraising plans to complete renovations to daycares and youth classrooms; and modernize the aquatic center, basketball court and indoor and outdoor soccer fields.
In addition to its Head Start, childcare and after-school programs, the FCCC has partnered with Framingham State University to provide 36 preschool students with an innovative social learning mentorship program. emotional.
Another partnership with the prestigious Walnut School for the Arts in Natick allows up to 80 participants of the GCOS childcare system to participate in dance and theater classes.
In January, the FCCC will launch an elite football academy, Inter-Milan Soccer Academy, which will be open to a maximum of 400 young people, aged 4 to 17, in collaboration with Inter-Milan, a football club. world-renowned professional.
Also beginning in 2022, a partnership with Girls Inc. will provide 150 young girls with the opportunity to participate in an innovative, multi-year STEM and leadership program.
Finally, the Joan Brack Adult Learning Center, a long-standing GCOS program that offers free ESL and Hi-SET courses for adults seeking to improve their English skills or preparing for an education equivalency degree. secondary, will be transferred to the FCCC.
“Given the positive impact this project will have on our community, it was only natural for Middlesex to get involved in helping to make it a reality,” said Dana Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation, in a statement. “The planned improvements and innovative programs of the FCCC will improve the lives of our neighbors significantly. We are happy to serve as a catalyst for fundraising for the continued evolution of the Center.
Natick-based Middlesex Savings Bank is one of the country’s largest savings banks. It operates approximately 30 branches in eastern Massachusetts.
The Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation was established in 2000 to help carry out the philanthropic mission of the Middlesex Savings Bank. It has provided more than $ 13 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations, supporting services and programs in various fields, including education and basic human services.
This article originally appeared in MetroWest Daily News: Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation awards $ 250,000 grant to SMOC