Thanks, Westerly Lions!

Westerly Lions Club donated $15,000 to Westerly Education Center for the addition of a conference space and offices at the Friendship Street location. Club members Jeff Sorenson, Paul Kuhn, Dan Marantz and Celeste Santilli presented the check to Amy Grzybowski, executive director and Kasim Yarn, executive director of the Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs in early June.

Opened in 2017, Westerly Education Center is expanding so it can add more workforce development programs and a Pearson testing site. The construction of a mezzanine area in the hands-on side of the building will feature additional office space and conference areas. With the added capacity at the center, the veterans affairs office will be able to provide services to local veterans and eliminate the need to drive to Warwick.

“I’ll remind all that this is the second significant fundraising effort by the Westerly Lions Club for Westerly Education Center, and we’re grateful to Westerly Lions Club for their ongoing generosity to us and the community that will benefit from a wider choice of workforce development training options,” said Amy Grzybowski. “Only three in 10 Rhode Islanders hold a postsecondary degree, certification or credential, and we know that nine out of 10 jobs created after the last recession will require postsecondary education. Helping the workforce acquire the education and training they need to be prepared for those jobs is absolutely critical, and our center is doing all it can to help people get good jobs.”

“The Westerly Lions Club is proud to continue our support of the Westerly Education Center,” said Paul Kuhn, the Westerly Lions Club president. “Our motto is “We Serve,” so we are happy to help the education center grow and fulfill its mission.

“The Westerly Lions Club’s donation will provide greater access to veteran services, including educational opportunities, to our veterans living in this area of the state. On behalf of the Office of Veterans Affairs and all veterans, I want to thank members of the Westerly Lions Club for their generosity and commitment to those who have served,” said Yarn.

The Lions Club hosted a fundraiser at Knickerbocker Music Center in April. The fundraising sponsors were SeaSide Pharmacy, Ocean House, Royce Family Fund, Weekapaug Inn, the Sorensen Family, Grey Sail Brewery, EVAS, Westerly Lions Club, Sorensen & McCuin Contracting, Fenner Hill Country Club, Elmridge Country Club, Cranston Country Club, Pequot Golf Course, Richmond Country Club, Misquamicut Club, Shelter Harbor Golf Club, Stonington Country Club, Lake Of Isles Golf Course, Weekapaug Golf Club, and Winnapaug Country Club.