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MassDevelopment TechDollars Loan Supports Technology Upgrades for the Whitin Community Center

October 2, 2017


Meggie Quackenbush, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2011 & 857-208-2777 (cell)

Heather Elster, Whitin Community Center, 508-234-8184 Ext. 112

Whitin Community CenterMassDevelopment has provided a $100,000 TechDollars loan to the Whitin Community Center (WCC) in Whitinsville. The WCC will use loan proceeds to update its computer hardware and software systems; enhance its financial and general ledger accounting system; add online registration and payment processing; and upgrade its membership and volunteer tracking systems.

“The Whitin Community Center provides Blackstone Valley with access to important services and recreational activities that allow individuals and families to engage with their community,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “I’m pleased this MassDevelopment loan will help the Center upgrade its technology systems for the next generation of Blackstone Valley residents.”

The Whitin Community Center is a private nonprofit in Whitinsville that was founded in 1922 by the Whitin family. The WCC serves more than 5,000 members, from pre-school children to active seniors, through a variety of health and wellness, recreational, social, and family-based programs, services, and events. The WCC offers both member-based and community programming at low or no cost to those who use its services.

“The Whitin Community Center is very thankful to MassDevelopment for providing funding for projects that we could not otherwise afford as a nonprofit,” said Whitin Community Center Executive Director Heather Elster. “We cannot wait for our customers to experience all the benefits of these exciting changes.”

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2017, MassDevelopment financed or managed 377 projects generating investment of more than $4.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 9,488 jobs and build or rehabilitate 1,863 residential units.