Life-Skills, Inc. announced as a “Share the Care” Winner!


In the photo from left to right: Jeffrey Chin – Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest; J. Thomas Amick – CEO, Like-Skills, Inc.; Robb Zarges – Executive Director, The CASA Project, Inc. and Don Doyle – President/CEO, Webster Five

Starting on October 6, 2016 Webster Five launched a customer-centric philanthropic promotion called “Share the Care” as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting the needs of nonprofits within the community. Through this promotion, Webster Five invited customers and members of the community to nominate and vote for three local nonprofits for a chance to receive part of the $5,000 Web of Caring donation. The nonprofit with the most votes receives $2,500, second place receives $1,500, and third place receives $1,000.

The $5,000 donation is a special addition to their Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, which regularly provides grants to local community organizations through the Webster Five Foundation. Webster Five’s Web of Caring to Make a Difference program reinforces the bank’s long-standing initiative to give back to the community by supporting local organizations that are making a difference. The way the bank sees it, investing in their community pays dividends for everyone.

The “Share the Care” promotion was broken into two rounds – a nomination and voting period. Customers and community members had the opportunity to nominate a local nonprofit through Facebook, or in any of the seven Webster Five branches. There were 116 organization names submitted during the nomination period. The top five nonprofits with the most nominations were opened up for voting on November 1st to decide the three winners. The Bank was pleased with the participation, were 567 people who casted their votes to determine the three winners.

Congratulations to the following winners:

1st Place Winner – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest who provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

2nd Place Winner – Life-Skills, Inc. who provides day habilitation programs, residential and vocational services to adults with developmental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.

3rd Place Winner – The CASA Project, Inc. who recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who are appointed by a judge to serve as guardians to abused and neglected children in the Worcester County Juvenile Court System.

Donald F. Doyle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five, stated, “Webster Five has a long standing tradition of focusing on what is important to the customers and the communities that we serve. This promotion is an exciting new way to guide our ongoing philanthropic activities and extend our impact in meaningful ways.”

“Share the Care” Promotion – vote for Life-Skills, Inc.

Webster, MA – Life-Skills, Inc. is pleased to announce we have made it into the finals for the Webster Five $5000 “Share the Care” promotion (which is part of their Web of Caring donation).

Please vote for Life-Skills, Inc. on Webster Five’s Facebook page by visiting and click on “Contest”, or by filling out an entry form in one of the bank’s 7 branches.

The non-profit that receives the most votes will receive $2500, second place will receive $1500, and third place $1000.

The voting phase runs from 11/1/16 – 11/16/16.  Winners will be announced on 11/29/16.

No purchase necessary to enter or win: The Share the Care promotion period begins October 6, 2016 at 9:00AM (EST) and ends November 16, 2016 at 11:59PM (EST). The nomination period begins October 6, 2016 at 9:00AM (EST) and ends October 28, 2016 at 11:59PM (EST). The voting period begins on November 1, 2016 at 11:00AM (EST) and ends November 16, 2016 at 11:59PM (EST), concluding the entire promotion.
How to vote: Voters will select a nonprofit organization from a list of finalists. Voting can be done by visiting Webster Five’s Facebook contest page or by filling out an entry form in one of the bank’s 7 branches.
Prizes/odds of winning: The top 3 organizations with the most votes will be the winners. The organization with the most votes will receive first place and a $2,500 donation. The second place winner will receive a $1,500 donation and the third place winner will receive a $1,000 donation. Prizes are non-transferable. Odds of winning depend on the number of votes received per organization.

Webster Five Donates $3,000 To Life-Skills, Inc.

Webster, MA – The Webster Five Foundation has announced that as part of its Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it will donate $3,000 to Life-Skills, Inc. in Webster, MA. Life-Skills, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides day habilitation program, residential, and vocational services to adults with developmental, emotional and intellectual disabilities. The funds will contribute to purchasing new technological equipment for the individuals that the agency currently serves.

websterfivefoundationWebster Five’s Web of Caring to Make a Difference program reinforces the bank’s long-standing initiative to give back to the community by supporting local organizations that are making a difference. Life-Skills, Inc. aligns with this goal through its efforts to assist individuals in Central Massachusetts in expanding their career and life opportunities. The organization operates several small businesses that provide meaningful employment and vocational and social skills training for these individuals.

The technology purchased will fill a current need for individuals in their Day Habilitation 1 and Fundamental Responding Skills Day Habilitation programs. Access to iPads offers a variety of uses to the individuals involved in these programs, including staff. The latest technology will allow for web-based learning and access to specialty literacy applications, communication apps for those with verbal difficulties, built-in accessibility features to aid individuals with hearing loss and low vision, and with the connection of a switch, individuals with physical and motor difficulties can use the iPad. Additionally, access to iPads promotes community integration, due to its portable nature. Someone with verbal difficulties can use it to communicate with others in public settings; boosting confidence and self-esteem. Access to social media and video chatting removes geographic boundaries and allows these individuals to remain virtually connected to their families and friends, easily exchanging information and sharing life events. Life-Skills, Inc. hopes to make learning stimulating and fun with the addition of this new technology.

Richard T. Leahy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five, stated, “We appreciate what Life-Skills, Inc. does for the disabled adults in our community. Providing access to vocational training and employment through small businesses, along with other educational and learning opportunities is extremely meaningful to the individuals they serve and the community as a whole. Webster Five is pleased to play a role in providing technology to further enhance the services offered.”

Life-Skills, Inc.’s CEO, J. Thomas Amick, said “We are very grateful to Webster Five for their donation, as it generously contributes to our new technology purchases, which will ultimately improve the teaching methods, learning experiences and opportunities for everyone involved.”

About Web of Caring to Make a Difference
Web of Caring to Make a Difference is a bank-wide community program created by Webster Five as a tangible means for the bank as an organization, and its employees as individuals to make a positive impact by supporting local organizations that also are making a difference. Through the Webster Five Foundation, the program has donated more than $1.5 million to various local non-profit organizations for programs that support expanding and improving access to education, culture and the arts, social services, charitable activities and community development. Requests for funding are reviewed by the board of directors and are awarded to established 501(c)(3) organizations in the above sectors that qualify for funding.

About Webster Five
Webster Five is a full-service, $729 million community bank with a long-standing tradition of fiscal strength, personal service and community support. The main office is in Webster, Massachusetts, with branch offices in Webster, Dudley, Oxford, Auburn, Worcester and Shrewsbury.