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8/1/2014 - People’s awards $5K to Mercy Learning Center

Mercy Learning Center was awarded a $5,000 grant from People’s United Community Foundation. Shown, from left, are Vincent Santilli, executive director of People’s United Community Foundation; Maria Gutierrez, Mari Martinez and Marley Gonzalez Herrera, MLC program participants; Jane Ferreira, MLC president and CEO; and Armando Goncalves, officer of People’s United Community Foundation and Southern Connecticut president for People’s United Bank.

As part of its ongoing effort to enhance the quality of life for residents in the communities where People’s United Bank operates, the People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $5,000 to Mercy Learning Center.

The Mercy Learning Center helps low-income, undereducated women achieve their education and employment goals by providing free adult education programs and ancillary services. Programs offered include English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education and General Education Development, as well as an early childhood education program, vocational counseling, social services and a food pantry.

The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will provide basic education literacy training, life skills workshops and computer classes.

“This support from People’s United Community Foundation really demonstrates what is possible when businesses and organizations come together,” said Jane Ferreira, Mercy Learning Center president and chief executive officer. “People’s United has empowered women and children with their support for Mercy for decades and, as a result, helped to create real, positive change in our community.”

“The programs and services offered by Mercy Learning Center are not only helping women achieve their individual goals, but they are also having a wonderful impact on their families,” said Vincent Santilli, executive director of People’s United Community Foundation. “Mercy Learning Center is building a foundation that is helping generations succeed.”