December 9, 2017

Inbox [Dec. 9-16]: News and notes from DCU’s Toys for Tots, BayPath Elder Services, Webster Five and UniBank

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DCU branches accepting Toys for Tots donations until Dec. 15

Digital Federal Credit Union wants to make sure that every child age 13 and under has a brand-new toy to unwrap this holiday season. DCU has joined forces with the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program to achieve this mission.

Since its founding in 1947, Toys for Tots has distributed 530 million toys to 244 million less-fortunate children across the United States and its territories.

DCU invites local residents to drop off new, unwrapped toys at any of its 22 branches across Massachusetts and New Hampshire from now until Friday, Dec. 15 – including its three Worcester branches, located at 131 Gold Star Blvd., 225 Shrewsbury St., and 11 Tobias Boland Way.

Please note that toys with candy, weapons, law enforcement themes or experimental labs are not permitted.

Find the nearest DCU branch at this link

Right at Home’s Marshall joins BayPath Elder Services LGBT advisory team

Right at Home of Eastern Worcester County, a private-duty, in-home care and assistance company, recently announced that Senior Vice President Shelby Marshall has been named to BayPath Elder Services’ LGBT Initiative Advisory Team. The team was established last year to make LGBT education, resources and support accessible to older adults in MetroWest.

Shelby Marshall

The advisory team’s objectives to address the needs of the underserved elder LGBT population include training staff, local vendors and community service providers in LGBT cultural competency; to develop a resource guide of services available to LGBT seniors; and to collaborate with area senior centers, LGBT outreach workers and staff to promote informational sessions and activities.

“I am so proud to be part of this initiative. We know that many LGBT elders aren’t even ‘out’ to their primary physicians, which can mean they don’t receive appropriate care. It is our hope that the tools and resources that evolve from our work will further help communities understand the unique needs, address the disparities, and foster a better understanding of LGBT elders and their unique aging experiences,” Marshall said.

Read the full article on the Right at Home website

TEEG draws $2,000 donation from Webster Five Foundation

The Webster Five Foundation has announced that as part of the Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it will donate $2,000 to the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG).

TEEG has been working to meet the needs of low-income families and individuals since 1988. With its own food pantry, diaper bank, case management and adolescent mentoring programs, TEEG offers these and many other services to support area families, particularly those with the most income-based needs.

“Food insecurity is a challenge that faces many low-income families in our communities,” said TEEG Executive Director Anne Miller. “TEEG combats these issues by leveraging community resources to create a food-rescue plan. We are very grateful for Webster Five’s donation to our organization, as it will help broaden our community reach.”

“We are honored to support TEEG and their efforts to provide a reliable support system for families in need in our community,” said Webster Five President and CEO Donald F. Doyle.

UniBank names O’Grady assistant VP and municipal client relationship manager

UniBank Senior Vice President and Director of Government Banking Justine DeNorscia announced that Gary O’Grady has joined UniBank as assistant vice president and municipal client relationship manager. In this role, O’Grady is responsible for the development of new municipal relationships and the management of existing client relationships.

O’Grady has more than 32 years of experience in the banking industry, having worked most recently as government banking officer at Berkshire Bank. He holds a bachelor of science in marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He is a member of the Massachusetts Collectors & Treasurers Association of Berkshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties. He also is a certified official for the Western Massachusetts Women’s Lacrosse Officials Association, and volunteers at the Westfield Homeless Cat Project.

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