(Boston, MA - June 14, 2017) – The Blue Hills Bank Foundation, in partnership with Hingham-headquartered UPPAbaby, a stroller and car seat manufacturer, proudly support the Wonderfund, the 501©3 arm of the Department of Child and Families in Massachusetts that provides comfort and dignity to children in traumatic situations.
Through this charitable giving collaboration, the Blue Hills Bank Foundation is granting $5,000 to be used to purchase essential items for foster families, while UPPAbaby is providing $10,000 in strollers for foster parents and caretakers within the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) Coastal Area Office. The office serves the towns of Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, and Weymouth.
“The Wonderfund does a wonderful job in providing necessities as well as opportunities to thousands of children across Massachusetts,” said William M. Parent, President and CEO of Blue Hills Bank. “We’re happy to help the men and women who take in foster children, and collaborating with the people at UPPAbaby gave us that chance.”
“We created the UPPAbaby Gives Back program to partner with companies and organizations that share the same mission of providing funds, services and essential products for families and caretakers in need,” said Bob Monahan, co-founder of UPPAbaby. “The Wonderfund is a tremendous organization that goes above and beyond to support and provide opportunities for children in need. We are happy to help foster families by providing strollers, a necessary item that will help provide safe transport for children they are caring for.”
"The Wonderfund is so grateful to the Blue Hills Foundation and UPPAbaby for providing critically-needed baby equipment to infants and toddlers involved with the Department of Children and Families' Coastal Area Office," said Jennifer Kitchenham, Executive Director of the Wonderfund. "This generous donation of strollers will go a long way to keep our kids safe and comfortable. We sincerely appreciate this vital partnership with the Blue Hills Bank Foundation and UPPAbaby. They are true leaders in the South Shore Community and beyond."
About Blue Hills Bank
Blue Hills Bank is a full service community bank headquartered in Hyde Park, MA. With assets of over $2.5 billion, the bank serves customers in Eastern Massachusetts online and through its 18 offices and branches. Founded in 1871, the Bank is celebrating its 146th year in business. www.bluehillsbank.com
The UPPAbaby mission is to make the smartest strollers, car seats and juvenile gear available: intuitively designed, stylish and sleek, with the features and functions new parents want—plus innovations they never knew were possible. UPPAbaby is committed to providing customer service that is as exceptional as the company’s products. Founded in 2006, UPPAbaby is based in Massachusetts, U.S. with products available worldwide. For more information please visit www.UPPAbaby.com.
The Wonderfund serves as a resource for abused and neglected children in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. The goal of the Wonderfund is to provide basic necessities and enrichment opportunities to the 50,000 children served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. 9,500 of the 50,000 children are in foster care, residential care, and group home settings. The Wonderfund relies on fundraisers including the Annual Rodman Ride For Kids Event and Annual DCF Kids Fund Golf Tournament along with ongoing donations from corporations, foundations, individuals, businesses and the community to maintain and expand our vital programs that are so beneficial to the children’s growth and development.
Photo (L to R): Bob Monahan, Co-Founder UPPAbaby; Ann Marie Lynch, Area Director, Department of Children and Families- Coastal Area Office; David Kilnap, Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager Blue Hills Bank; Jennifer Kitchenham, Executive Director Wonderfund; William M. Parent, President and CEO Blue Hills Bank