April 26, 2019
 
Aaron’s Presents Gets $35K and Services as a 'Citizen in Action'

January 18, 2019 — Citizens Bank and NECN recently announced that Aaron’s Presents, an Andover-based nonprofit which helps young people in eighth grade and below to build leadership skills, has been named a 2019 Champion in Action, which brings with it $35,000 in funding and promotional and volunteer support.

“By asking how they wish to contribute to their communities, Aaron’s Presents helps young people become leaders as they discover and use their talents,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “Aaron’s Presents inspires youth to use their creativity for the good of others, making them our Champion in Action for Youth Leadership.”

Echoing the sentiment, Mike St. Peter, president and general manager of NECN, NBC10 Boston and Telemundo Boston, noted, "Aaron’s Presents helps even the youngest children make the world a better place,” said.

Leah Okimoto, founder and executive director of Aaron’s Presents, said, “The recognition and support of this award will help us further our mission of helping youth build the empathy, self-worth and passion for helping others that they need to become our next community leaders. We could not be more grateful for this generous gift.”

In addition to the unrestricted funding, Aaron's Presents will receive:
  • Media coverage from NECN, including features and public service announcements

  • Volunteer support from Citizens’ employees

  • Complimentary membership to the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

  • Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action in Citizens Bank branches

  • Exposure on the Citizens Bank and NECN websites
To date, 52 Massachusetts nonprofits have named a Champions in Action.

Okimoto started Aaron’s Presents in 2014 to honor the memory of her son by creating an opportunity for other children to help others through projects they conceive and execute. During the year ending June 30, 2018, 299 children conducted 149 projects that impacted more than 5,000 people and animals.

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