People's Credit Union staff presenting $5,000 donation check to The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County Pictured left to right: Amy Martel, President, People's Credit Union, Joseph Tomchak, Assistant Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Joseph Pratt, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, and Lori Marshall, Newport Branch Manager, People's Credit Union

People’s Credit Union has announced that they have donated five thousand dollars to the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County through the United Way’s Corporate MyFund™ Program which will go toward funding the efforts that are a strategic part of the Club. The check was presented by People’s President, Amy Martel, with Newport Branch Manager, Lori Marshall to Boys & Girls Club Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Pratt, Joseph Tomchak, Assistant Executive Director along with employees and after school participants.

“We are so grateful to People’s Credit Union for their support of the Boys & Girls Club. People’s Credit Union’s investment in the Club ensures all children will have access to our high quality programs,” stated Joseph Pratt, Club Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Amy Martel, President of People’s noted “People’s Credit Union is thrilled to make this $5K donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. Our deep rooted commitment to enhancing the communities we serve is at the heart of who we are and we are proud to support programs and organizations that share our philosophy of “people helping people.”

The Boys and Girls Club’s programming truly serves its mission to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need help most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

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