Bank of America representatives Carol Heller, Dalia Borges and Valencia Carter-Dimbo, and Cathy DeCesare of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County present a check to Linda Casey, director of development and strategic planning for Bridgeport Rescue Mission (center).
With the state of the economy and impact of Hurricane Sandy, many more families than usual are in need of assistance this Thanksgiving. To help these families, Bank of America has teamed up with the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County to provide volunteers and funding to local food programs.Bank of America awarded $8,100 in grants to local organizations that serve families in a dozen Fairfield County communities. In addition, food collections have been held at banking centers throughout the area. Employees will also be volunteering their time to sort and deliver food to food pantries.
Local organizations receiving grants include the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County Thomas Merton House of Hospitality, Christian Community Action, Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport Hunger Outreach Network, Home with Hope, Operation Hope and Sterling House Food Pantry
“We are so pleased to be partnering with Bank of America on this Thanksgiving food project,” said Merle Berke-Schlessel, president and chief executive officer, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. “We are grateful to be able to provide the basic need providers in our area some additional help this year.”
“A growing number of individuals and families throughout Fairfield County are facing significant challenges this holiday season,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. “By partnering with United Way and area food banks, we can help to address the growing demand for basic needs.”