HARTFORD, Conn. (June 26, 2018) – On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the United Bank Foundation presented the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center with a $25,000 check to support its Teen Incentive Program (Y-TIP). The grant helps support the program’s ongoing success in benefitting under-served, at-risk teenagers from Hartford's Clay-Arsenal and Upper Albany neighborhoods. Y-TIP helps teens ages 11-18 overcome challenges to their success, including gangs, violence, drugs and other harmful and self-destructive influences.
Harold Sparrow, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford, said, “Thank you to the United Bank Foundation for aiding us in our mission to build strong communities. Supporting our youth is the best way to ensure a positive future for all Hartford residents, and I am proud to help inspire the teens from our community to engage in positive activities, which will aid them in achieving their educational, employment and personal goals.”
”If you have ever visited the Wilson-Gray YMCA and had the opportunity to meet the kids who attend this center, you can attest to the impact this organization and its programming are having on the safety and well-being of youths of all ages in Hartford. The YMCA has always been a strong community partner with United Bank and we know our continued support of their exceptional Y-TIP program is a much-needed investment in Hartford’s future and the families who call this city their home,” said William H.W. Crawford, IV, CEO & President of United Bank.
Students attend the Y-TIP program at least once per week and commit to monthly community service activities. Participants are also encouraged to participate in other YMCA programs and school-based extra-curricular activities.
Teens participating in Y-TIP also receive free YMCA memberships if they maintain good grades and participate in community service and self-improvement programs.
Anthony Barrett, the executive director of the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center, said, “Y-TIP is one of our signature programs at the Wilson-Gray YMCA, and I am grateful to the United Bank Foundation in helping us continue to serve at-risk teens in our neighborhood. I have personally seen the individual growth that Y-TIP encourages, and I am proud of the teens who are currently achieving great things in this program. With this donation, I hope to continue helping generations of teens to come.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured with youth at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center (WGY) are (from left to right) Billie C. Scruse, Senior Program Director, WGY Youth Development Department; Adam J. Jeamel, Eastern Connecticut Regional President, Head of Corporate Communications, United Bank; Kristine Carlson-Koehler, Vice President, Cash Management Officer, United Bank; Gary Wolff, Trustee, YMCA of Greater Hartford Board of Trustee’s; and Harold Sparrow, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Hartford.
ABOUT YMCA OF GREATER HARTFORD:
The YMCA of Greater Hartford is a non- profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization established in 1852 and is one of the nation’s oldest YMCA’s. The YMCA of Greater Hartford builds strong communities by helping individuals reach their fullest potential through transformative programs that promote Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. In 2017, the YMCA of Greater Hartford served more than 108,000 children, adults and families, in 52 towns and cities throughout the Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland and Windham counties. YMCA programs put the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility into practice to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all participants. Ghymca.org
ABOUT UNITED BANK:
United Bank, a $7.1 billion, Connecticut state-chartered bank headquartered in Hartford, Conn. is a full-service bank that offers a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services to customers through its more than 50 branches and loan production offices in Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as online and mobile banking. In 2017, United Bank and the United Bank Foundations made over $1.1 million in charitable and corporate donations in the communities they serve. The holding company for United Bank is United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market: "UBNK"). United Financial Bancorp, Inc. was ranked #39 in Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies list in 2017. For more information on United Bank, please visit www.bankatunited.com.