Wakefield Co-operative Bank President & CEO, Jeff Worth, presented Northeast Arc with a check for $330 from a recent Jeans Day, which included a $165 personal contribution from Worth out of his own pocket, matching employee donations.
Every month, bank employees are encouraged to wear jeans to work on designated Jeans Days in exchange for a small donation to a community organization. April is National Autism Awareness Month, and with a handful of employees having family members and friends with autism, they suggested the April Jeans Day money go to Northeast Arc’s Autism Support Center.
“We are so grateful to Jeff and the employees of Wakefield Co-op for this unexpected donation,” said Susan Gilroy, Co-Director of the Autism Support Center. “The funds will be used to help a local family with advocacy services, so they can feel good knowing they are having a direct impact on a family with a child on the autism spectrum.”
The Autism Support Center opened in 1991 and has been helping parents and professionals in northeastern Massachusetts who need assistance finding information and support about autism spectrum disorder ever since. The Center is directed by a Parent Advisory Committee comprised of parents of children with autism.
Pictured left to right: Jeff Worth, President & CEO, Wakefield Co-operative Bank; Susan Gilroy, Co-Director, Northeast Arc Autism Support Center; Gloria Ricardi-Castillo, Co-Director, Northeast Arc Autism Support Center.