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Saint-Gobain Corporation Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Worcester YouthBuild

GREAT BIG THANKS to Saint-Gobain Corporation (SGC) for their recent donation of protective masks and gloves to Worcester YouthBuild students and staff!

Their generous donation has helped protect students and staff as Training Resources of America, Inc. (TRA) gradually reopens Worcester YouthBuild worksite training activities that have been stymied by COVID-19.

In accordance with the United States Center for Disease Control and state and local government pandemic health and safety recommendations, until recently, all student education and training had been conducted via virtual, distance learning. With a lessening in restrictions, and a phased-in approach, going forward TRA has developed a hybrid learning experience for students with a combination of onsite and virtual, distance learning classes.

Worcester YouthBuild students are thrilled to be back on the worksite where they are learning construction skills through the building of a new 790 square foot home at 12 Forbes Street, Worcester. This project is a result of a partnership with Worcester East Side Community Development Corporation (WESCDC). Upon completion, the home will be sold to a low-income, first-time homebuyer.

TRA and Saint-Gobain have enjoyed a long-term partnership that spans over 45 years. In the last 10 years, Saint-Gobain has focused their support on Worcester YouthBuild, providing funding, high-end building supplies, employee volunteers, building technical assistance, and enhancement of STEM training through the “Scientists in the Classroom” series.

According to Brenda A. Heller, Manager, Communications and Community Relations for Saint-Gobain, “TRA/Worcester YouthBuild’s dedication and commitment to impact the lives of countless disadvantaged youth is such an inspiration to all of us. We applaud their efforts to continue their programs during these unprecedented times. Saint-Gobain is thankful to provide masks and gloves to help the students go back to work safely and resume their efforts in making a difference in the communities in which we all work and live!”

And Saint-Gobain, we at TRA are grateful to you for the support you continue to provide in so many ways!

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