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Charlie Epstein, an area financial services expert known as “The 401k Coach,” recently presented the proceeds of the sales for his new book, Paychecks for Life, to the Square One Children’s Center in Springfield. Square One, a Springfield-based nonprofit established in 1883, provides early education and care to children and access to other services that their families may need to be successful. Epstein’s gift will enable the nonprofit to fund programs that help the community’s most vulnerable children to get ready for school, become life-long learners who succeed in school, and grow into self-sufficient adults. Top, Epstein, center, presents the ceremonial check for more than $17,000, to Kimberly Lee, vice president advancement with Square One, and William Sullivan, vice president of PeoplesBank and Square One board chair. Below, he spends some time with some of Square One’s young clients.
Showing its commitment to the new Chicopee Senior Center on Main Street, the Polish National Credit Union (PNCU) presented a check, the second of two $25,000 donations, to support the construction of the new structure. PNCU wrote the first check in 2012. Pictured, from left, are Richard Kos, co-chairman of the senior center fund-raising committee; Marie Laflamme, a member of the capital campaign; James P. Kelly PNCU president and CEO; and Ernest Laflamme, Jr., co-chairman of the senior center fund-raising committee.
On Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., area pre-school children have been treated to an ongoing Summer Reading program at Eastfield Mall through a collaboration between the mall and the nonprofit group Link to Libraries. The program provides trained readers to share stories with area children. Each child receives a new book following the story hour. Here, Link to Libraries reader David Porter has his audience riveted.