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Community Good Works

Aug. 15, 2014

Pan Mass Blue Hills BankBlue Hills Bank, CPCU Credit Union, The Savings Bank and more share the spotlight in our weekly roundup of banks and brokerages giving back to their communities.


Blue Hills Bank

The Blue Hills Bank's team raised an estimated $217,000 in the Pan Mass Challenge to benefit the Dana Farber Institute last weekend. Earlier this year, the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation donated $50,000 to the Pan Mass Challenge to kick off the team's fundraising efforts. 


Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank employees, along with 600 volunteers, participated in a "Backpack-A-Thon" in Boston City Hall Plaza on Aug. 8. At the event, participants stuffed new backpacks with school supplies for more than 3,000 Massachusetts students to use this fall. The Backpack-A-Thon was coordinated by Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that helps children who are in homeless and low-income situations succeed at home and in school.

The bank also recently presented Boston Summer Arts Weekend, which raised $1,920 for the Greater Boston Food Bank.


CPCU Credit Union

CPCU Credit Union and its scholarship committee awarded four scholarships of $1,000 each to local students at a scholarship award ceremony dinner.

Scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 school year were Lauren Lappas of Maynard, Sienna MacArthur of Cambridge, Gianna Scioletti of Melrose and Meghan Sullivan of Stoughton. Scholarship recipients are selected based on financial need, scholastic merit and community and school involvement.


Leominster Credit Union

Leominster Credit Union donated $1,000 to the YWCA of Central Massachusetts for its Dance for Peace event. Funds raised at the event will support the YWCA's BWR program to end domestic violence.

The credit union contributed another $1,000 to the Community Harvest Project, which provides more than 100,000 residents in the Worcester area with access to healthy food. 


MutualOne Bank

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Greater Framingham Community Church. The donation will support renovations currently underway at the church, including roofing, exterior repairs and major accessibility upgrades.


The Savings Bank

The Savings Bank recently awarded $50,000 to the board of directors of the Wakefield Main Streets Inc. program to help the organization revitalize, rejuvenate and promote Wakefield's downtown area.

The Savings Bank also plans to donate a matching amount of $10,000, up to $50,000, for each additional $10,000 that other businesses, landlords, vendors and individuals give to Wakefield Main Streets Inc. The matching funds, to be awarded in increments of $10,000, will begin in 2015.


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