First Niagara Foundation Announces $50,000 Grant to Support Mass Mentoring Partnership


First Niagara Foundation Announces $50,000 Grant to Support Mass Mentoring Partnership

Contribution is part of $1 million in mentoring grants announced in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, CT – October 2, 2014 – First Niagara Foundation today announced a $50,000 contribution to Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a non-profitorganization that works to expand quality mentoring programs to children across Western Massachusetts.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with First Niagara in our shared efforts to grow mentoring and the positive impact it has on the young people of Western Massachusetts. Together, our efforts are creating more opportunities for young people to be engaged in the empowering youth-adult relationships that make a tremendous impact on their life and that of their community,”said Marty Martinez, President and CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership.

Over the past three years, First Niagara’s support for MMP has allowed the organization to establish a mentoring hub in the Greater Springfield area, and create marketing campaigns to raise awareness of the need for mentors and the impact it has across the region, and to increase the number of youth served through direct program support in Western Massachusetts. This year’s grant announcement was held at the Marcella Kelly School in Holyoke, a school that was able to implement a mentoring program of its own thanks to First Niagara’s 2013 grant to MMP.With this year’s grant, the First Niagara Foundation has contributed a total of $200,000 in support to MMP.

“First Niagara is proud to support Mass Mentoring Partnership in its efforts to bring quality mentors and mentoring initiatives to the youth of Western Massachusetts,” said New England Retail Banking Director, Marlene Piche. “We are always looking for ways to make a difference in the communities we serve, and hope that First Niagara will stand as an example to other local businesses about the importance of spreading awareness about the value in these mentoring programs.”

In addition to the First Niagara Foundation’s contribution to MMP, it was announced today that 39 non-profit organizations across the bank’s footprint in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut will also be receiving grants totaling $1 million through First Niagara’s Mentoring Matters℠ program.   Mentoring Matters was launched in 2007 with the goal of supporting organizations that help children improve their grades and school attendance, build self-esteem, and avoid the dangers of substance abuse. First Niagara has provided more than $6.25 million to nonprofits and mentoring programs over the past six years. 

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First Niagara recently presented Mass Mentoring Partnership with a grant for $50,000 in support of its mentoring programs throughout Western Massachusetts. The check was presented at the Marcella Kelly School in Holyoke, which was able to implement a mentoring program between third and eighth grade students thanks to First Niagara’s 2013 grant to Mass Mentoring Partnership. Pictured in the photo L-R: Marlene Piche, First Niagara’s New England Retail Banking Director; Hector Suarez, First Niagara’s Holyoke Branch Manager; Will Carlino, Eighth Grade Teacher at Marcella Kelly School; Rebecca Masters, Project Manager at Marcella Kelly School; Jacqueline Glasheen, Principal at Marcella Kelly School and Marty Martinez, President and CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership.

About The First Niagara Foundation

The First Niagara Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable entity. Founded in 1998, the First Niagara Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which we live and work, with specific focus on Youth and Education, Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. In 2013, First Niagara contributed more than $9.0 million in charitable grants to community partners across the bank’s four-state footprint.  For additional information on First Niagara, visit us at, follow us on Twitter @FirstNiagara, or like us on Facebook at FirstNiagaraBank.


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