The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to the Old Colony YMCA in support of the Capital Campaign to renovate the Youth Division building in Brockton.
In addition to this grant, Rockland Trust provided a $1 million construction loan to the Old Colony YMCA to start these renovations. The renovation of this building currently holds a wide range of programming for the youth of Brockton and, once complete, it will provide programming for youth in a state-of-the-art after-school hub serving hundreds of Brockton-area students.
“Now more than ever, families are in need of safe, affordable, quality child care options,” said Vincent Marturano, president and CEO of Old Colony YMCA. “The generous support of Rockland Trust will not only improve access to critical services, but it also represents an important investment in downtown Brockton.”
The renovation project will restructure a ground-level unused pool area into four new communal bathrooms, two new classrooms, and an open floor plan multi-purpose space including a new interactive indoor playground. The project will also allow for upgrades in plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, and electrical that will be replaced with new energy-efficient, code-compliant systems, green materials, and sustainable practices at the Youth Branch site.
“We are honored to support the Old Colony YMCA. At Rockland Trust, we are dedicated to the communities in which we live and work,” said Gerry F. Nadeau, President and Chief Commercial Banking Officer at Rockland Trust, and Director of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation. “By supporting organizations like the Old Colony YMCA, we are strengthening our communities and improving the lives of children for years to come.”
The Old Colony YMCA also received funding from Massachusetts through the Early Education and Out of School Time grant. This grant, along with financing from Rockland Trust and other organizations, will enable the Youth Branch to provide full-time services to 90 percent of low-income youth and expand its program to 192 participants by January 2022.
Rockland Trust’s affiliated charitable foundations focus on giving that supports affordable housing, community development, education, financial literacy, health and human services, and youth programs.