Union Bank Is Corporate Partner of New Central Library

| October 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

The San Diego Public Library Foundation recently announced that Union Bank has pledged $300,000 to support construction of San Diego’s New Central Library, scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. The New Central Library’s full-service homework center will be named the Union Bank Homework Center in honor of this gift. Built in the heart of downtown San Diego, the nine-story library will be a regional center for learning and literacy, featuring a cutting-edge technology center, vibrant community gathering spaces, a museum-quality art gallery, performance auditorium and expanded access to books, information and digital resources.

Union Bank Homework Center, located on the second floor, will promote student success with test preparation books, reference materials, computer workstations and access to quality, online databases. The Center will offer after-school tutoring and a volunteer program will help students with their homework and project needs.

Funding sources for the project include private donations, Centre City Development Corporation funding, a California State Library grant and a lease agreement with the San Diego Unified School District for an onsite charter high school.

According to Marla Black, Union Bank Senior vice president and regional manager, “We’re thrilled to be a partner with the Library Foundation. As she added, “I used to think that libraries were a thing of the past. Now I believe they are a part of the future.”

In addition to the donation for the New Central Library, the bank is also continuing its financial literacy program for youth and adults in San Diego where bank executives teach courses throughout the year to various community organizations, including Junior Achievement.

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