Liberty Bank Foundation recently made a $20,000 donation to the Naugatuck YMCA. We’ve supported kids programs at Y’s all over the place and have done so for years. This donation, however, was special, helping defray a portion of the cost for a new roof.
Why was this request so compelling? “Y’s require bricks and mortar to uphold their status as community centers,” says Sue Murphy, Director, Liberty Bank Foundation. “Unlike many modern Y’s, the Naugatuck Y also provides affordable housing, and we’re all about helping low-income residents find and keep a safe place to live,” she adds.
Liberty Bank President and CEO David Glidden presented the check at a ceremony at the Y. He noted that some of the residents have lived at this Y for decades. “The idea that those 30 men might end up without a home because of a leaky roof just wasn’t something we could accept. So we’re thrilled to be able to help,” he said.
Other donors included: ION Bank, People’s, and the Connecticut Community Foundation. Murphy also thanks the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development for its role in helping preserve this historic Y. “We look forward to seeing it serve our neighbors for another century to come,” she said.
Pictured left to right are: Jim Mengacci, Liberty Bank Board of Directors; David Glidden, President and CEO, Liberty Bank; Sonia Myers, Sandi Vaz, and Dave Chopak, Liberty Bank Naugatuck; and Mark LaFortune, CEO, Naugatuck YMCA