Provident Bank's Michael Petrucci (VP/Market Manager) Darleen Gillespie (FVP/Regional Manager) (third from left) joined The Provident Bank Foundation's Jane Kurek (Executive Director) (second from left) and Samantha Plotino (Foundation Associate) (second from right) to present a Major Grant award to GlassRoots' CEO Barbara Heisler (third from right) and Board President Roger Tucker (far right.)
NEWARK, November 12, 2019—GlassRoots announced it has received a Major Grant in the amount of $15,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their Out-of-School Programs.
GlassRoots was selected to receive the grant based on their successes providing a continuing net of support for disadvantaged students, which is likely to significantly improve their academic outcomes and reduce the wide gaps in achievement that exist. It follows that under these conditions, students will be more likely to graduate from high school and successfully prepare for college. GlassRoots programs use the magic of glass to engage and transform; to bring out talents and creativity, to help students see futures for themselves, to give them important life skills and practical skills, and to create connections with program staff, with social work and other services, and with potential employers and educators.)
Barbara Heisler, GlassRoots CEO, explained, “Through our unique STEAM-grounded glass-art classes and youth entrepreneurship programs, GlassRoots’ students gain hands-on experience in chemistry, physics, math and engineering while becoming entrepreneurs as they create and market their glass products. Consistently, we have seen that participation in glass art directly contributes to the development of students’ intellectual and personal capacities. For those who have failed in school, the experience of success in our studios impresses upon students that they can become agents of their own learning which can lead them to a brighter, more productive future. We can’t imagine more important outcomes.”
GlassRoots received the check during a presentation on November 12, 2019, at their Newark studios. Joining Ms. Heisler to accept the check was GlassRoots board president, Roger Tucker.
“The Provident Bank Foundation is honored to help further initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of residents in our local area,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that contribute to a sense of community and offer a diverse set of programs that make people healthier, happier and safer.”
The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. The Provident Bank Foundation’s funding directly supports efforts to enhance the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank through three Funding Priority Areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families.
For more information about GlassRoots, visit glassroots.org.
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GlassRoots is a Newark-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for achievement to youth and young adults by engaging them in the creation of glass art and the development of entrepreneurial and life skills. For more information, please call 973.353.9555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Provident Bank Foundation
The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $25 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information, visit www.theprovidentbankfoundation.org or call (862) 260-3990.