Mechanics Savings Provides Support for Early Learning Center Building Renovation
Richard Vail, Mechanics Savings Bank President & CEO (Left) and Jeff Gosselin, Mechanics Savings Bank Senior Vice President, Business Banking Market Manager (Right) present a check to Noel Sullivan, Pine Tree Society President & CEO and Karen McClure-Richard, Director of the Early Learning Center.
December 5, 2017 - AUBURN, ME – Mechanics Savings Bank recently contributed $2,500 to Pine Tree Society to help with improvements to their Early Learning Center building, located at 589 Minot Avenue.
The cinder block building was inherited as part of Pine Tree Society’s acquisition of Pathways, Inc. in 2016 and was previously used for work programs for adults with disabilities. More recently, the space was repurposed to house the Early Learning Center, which serves children from age three to six, as well as Pine Tree Society’s adult services.
All of the children who utilize the Early Learning Center programs have special needs. The building requires significant improvements in order to sufficiently serve the children’s needs. The current indoor play space, which is a large, open room, is intended to provide a space for children to participate in active play, regardless of the weather. Unfortunately, the building’s outdated heating and ventilation system cannot be easily regulated, often making the indoor play space too cold to be used during the winter months. The heating system is also very loud, which poses challenges for children who already struggle with sensory issues.
“We are grateful to Mechanics Savings Bank for the generous support of Pine Tree Society’s renovation project,” said Noel Sullivan, President & CEO of Pine Tree Society. “The opportunity to engage in gross motor activity year-round is important for all children, but is especially so for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy or autism. Mechanic Savings Bank’s financial support will have a direct impact on positive outcomes for the children who attend the Early Learning Center and their families."
Pine Tree Society’s goal is to raise enough money to transform the building addressing safety and comfort concerns. Specific to the Early Learning Center, the renovation of the new play space is intended to be a calming, captivating space where children can benefit from imaginative and gross motor play all year round.
“Programs like Pine Tree Society’s Early Learning Center are crucial to the families in our community,” said Rick Vail, Mechanics Savings Bank President & CEO. “We’re proud to provide financial support to ensure children with special needs receive the early education programs needed to lay a solid foundation for a successful future.”
About Mechanics Savings Bank:
Mechanics Savings Bank was founded in 1875 as a mutual savings bank and has branches located in Auburn, Brunswick, Lewiston and Windham. The bank remains committed to giving back to the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteerism. Mechanics supports education, social welfare, arts and community events that positively impact and benefit the residents of Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties. Mechanics Savings Bank is an equal housing lender and Member FDIC.