A recent $10,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Project Just Because will help provide local low-income families with school supplies and holiday items, according to Steven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.
The gift will support the Project Just Because Back to School initiative, which provides children with a backpack filled with school supplies, and its Holiday Wish List program, which distributes basic cold-weather necessities and small gift items to families in need. According to Cherylann Lambert Walsh, president and founder of Project Just Because, approximately 2,000 students received backpacks last year and over 15,000 Holiday Wish List packets were distributed.
“The number of our neighbors struggling to survive paycheck to paycheck is far greater than most of us realize,” said Sousa. “MutualOne is pleased to help provide support for those in the communities we serve when they are facing serious life challenges.”