(Left-right) Jean Mistretta, Northbridge Senior Center patron; James F. Paulhus, UniBank President and CEO; Kelly Bol, Northbridge Senior Center Director; James Gallagher, Friends of Northbridge Elders; and Theodore Haringa, Northbridge Council on Aging stand in front of the new van purchased by the Northbridge Senior Center utilizing $20,000 donated by UniBank to the Friends of Northbridge Elders.

UniBank donated $20,000 to help fund the purchase of the new Northbridge Senior Center van which provides transportation bringing Northbridge residents to and from medical appointments, shopping, and social events.

$20,000 Helps Northbridge Sr. Center Purchase New Van

UniBank is proud to announce that a recent donation of $20,000 helped purchase a new, handicap accessible van for the Northbridge Senior Center. Utilizing the van, the Northbridge Senior Center provides transportation bringing senior Northbridge residents to and from medical appointments, shopping, and social events. The van was recently unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by numerous community officials at the Senior Center.

In total, more than $63,000 was raised to purchase the van. Other contributions making the purchase of the van possible included a donation of more than $12,000 made by the Friends of Northbridge Elders (FINE) and $25,000 in funds that was approved by Northbridge voters at the October 2015 Town Meeting. The remainder was donated by local citizens and businesses.

“On behalf of the Northbridge Council on Aging and Northbridge Senior Center, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the amazing contribution from UniBank to the Senior Bus Fundraising Campaign.  This extremely generous donation has helped us significantly to purchase a new vehicle,” stated Kelly Bol, Director of the Northbridge Senior Center. “The replacement vehicle will allow the Northbridge Senior Center to continue to provide the essential and vital transportation service to the elderly and disabled persons of any age who are residents within our community.”

UniBank President and CEO James F. Paulhus commented, “The Senior Center provides independence to its patrons who depend on the van for transportation – it is an integral part of daily life for many individuals. We’re proud to partner with the Northbridge Senior Center, Council on Aging, FINE and the citizens of Northbridge with this donation. It was a real community effort.”