Pictured in the photo are: Bob Bolduc, Founder, Pride Stores; Kristine Allard, Chief Development & Communications Officer, Square One; Joan Kagan, President & CEO, Square One; Marsha DelMonte, President, Pride
When Pride Stores approached Square One about a fundraising campaign they wanted to engage in for Square One, both organizations were excited about an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of the work Square One is doing throughout the community.
The locally owned chain of gas stations and convenience stores launched a campaign where customers were encouraged to purchase a “square” for one dollar, in support of the work that Square One does with children and families throughout the region. The paper squares were placed on display at stores throughout the region.
Funds raised from the community totaled $7,300 and were matched by an additional $2,700 from Pride to bring the total contribution to $10,000.
“We are proud to be supporting the programs and services that Square One offers to ensure that children and families have the tools they need to be successful,” says Pride’s Bob Bolduc. “Selling squares and displaying them in our stores was a visible and productive way to help raise funds for the organization and create greater awareness of the work they are doing. I want to thank all of the customers who helped make this campaign a success.”
“We are so grateful to the Pride staff and customers for their very generous support of our work,” says Kristine Allard, Chief Development & Communications Officer for Square One. “Many of our children are living in homeless shelters, struggling with food insecurity, have a parent who is in addiction recovery or post-incarcerated, or are in custody of an appointed legal guardian or foster parent. Support from Pride and other businesses is critical to our ability to continue to serve these families.”
“Whether we are teaching children to read and write, inspiring an appreciation of fine arts, providing a nourishing meal, or developing a healthy love of play, everything we do is driven by our vision of a bright future for all children, despite the daunting challenges they face at home,” adds Allard.
Since 1883, Square One has been providing a wide range of education and support services to families in the greater Springfield region. From early learning and school-age programs for children, to case management, workforce development, and recovery programs for families, Square One is the region’s foremost provider of services to at-risk children and families. For more information, visit http://www.startatsquareone.org or call