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Community Good Works

April 25, 2014

Florence Savings Bank, Mills42 Federal Credit Union, SpencerBANK and many others are featured in this week's roundup of local banks and brokerages giving back to their communities.


Bay State Savings Bank

Bay State Savings Bank on March 14 conducted its 10th annual $5,000 Dig for Cash. The event benefited the bank's Champions for Children initiative, established in 2004 to support local organizations that provide aid and opportunities for the community's youth.

This year's recipient of the proceeds is Worcester Junior Sharks Youth Hockey Pre-Concussion Testing Program, a computer-based test that provides doctors with a baseline to help determine if a player is suffering from a brain injury after a collision.


Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Bank and its two charitable foundations contributed $196,599 to 15 separate local United Way organizations across the bank's geographic footprint.  The money raised includes corporate donations from the two foundations of $77,500, employee contributions of $85,390 and matching donations of $33,709.


Clinton Savings Bank

On April 4 and 5, Clinton Savings Bank employees participated in "Jeans Days for a Cause," raising more than $425 for Item Appeal, a charity that collect money from local people and donates it to those in need. To raise the money, employees donated cash to wear jeans to work on Friday and/or Saturday.


Florence Savings Bank

Florence Savings Bank will hold a free "shred day" on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the bank's office at 85 Main St. in Florence. For the past eight years, the bank has hosted two "shred days" annually, when local residents can bring up to five shoeboxes worth of personal paperwork to have shredded.


Greylock Federal Credit Union

 Ten employees of Greylock Federal Credit Union will participate in Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program next month. Maureen Phillips, Terry Ziemba, Grace Vallone, Marissa Kirchner, Lisa Trybus, Pam Dolle, Sharon MacEachern, Amy Porio, Shenna Bradford and Stephanie Carlson will work at Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's 27th Home Build on Goodman Lane in Pittsfield. The credit union has also donated $1,000 to the program.


J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan has named BUILD and the Greater Boston Food Bank as the beneficiaries for its 31st annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge race in Boston.

The race is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24. The two organizations will receive a donation from J.P. Morgan on behalf of the participants.


Middlesex Savings Bank

Middlesex Savings Bank recently presented Julie A. Balunas, a legal officer in the bank's Westborough operations center, with its annual Heart award, which recognizes bank employees for their volunteerism outside of work. Balunas has been with the bank for five years and volunteers an average of 20 hours per month to local causes, including Dress for Success, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Massachusetts and the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.


Mills42 Federal Credit Union

Lowell-based Mills42 Federal Credit Union has recently received several awards, including the 2014 Best of Lowell Award for design, which recognizes the most beautiful businesses in Lowell, as selected by a panel of local design and marketing experts, and the 2014 CUNA Diamond Awards for Brand/Corporate Identity, Website and a Category's Best Award for Point of Sale Display & Retail Merchandising. The mission of the Diamond Awards is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the industry of credit union marketing and business development professionals.


MutualOne Bank

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to St. Bridget's Food Pantry in Framingham.



SpencerBANK recently donated $1,750 to Abby's House, a local organization that provides emergency shelter, affordable housing, and advocacy services to homeless women and children. This donation will support the organization's Buy-A-Campaign, which provides these women and children a warm and safe place to sleep.

The bank has also donated $2,000 to Worcester Community Action Council, an antipoverty agency in Central Massachusetts to benefit the agency's job and education center.


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