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Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation Awards $344,300 In Grants to 43 Area Non-Profits

TAUNTON, MA, January 17, 2019 — Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its charitable foundation, awarded grants totaling $344,300 to 43 non-profit organizations in the Taunton-Attleboro, Southcoast and Rhode Island areas during a ceremony which took place on January 11th at White’s of Westport in Westport, Massachusetts. Since the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF) was formed in 1996, close to $20 million has been committed to hundreds of different non-profit organizations. In 2018, the Foundation awarded $1.9 million to various 501(c)(3) organizations.

The organizations that received grants from the Foundation are as follows:

Taunton-Attleboro area, $132,000 – ARC of Bristol County ($15,000); Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative ($10,000); Boys & Girls Club of Taunton ($10,000); Coaching4Change ($15,000); Girls Incorporated of Taunton ($7,500); Greater Taunton Community Services Center, Inc. ($10,000); Hockomock YMCA ($12,000); Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen ($7,500); Pro-Home, Inc. ($20,000); Rehoboth Antiquarian Society ($7,500); St. Vincent de Paul Society – Attleboro District Council ($5,000); St. Vincent de Paul Society – Taunton District Council ($5,000); and The Literacy Center ($7,500).

Southcoast area, $139,800 – Alma del Mar Foundation ($5,000); Atlantis Educational Foundation ($5,000); Child & Family Services ($4,000); City on a Hill Charter Public School ($5,000); Coaching4Change ($7,500); Family Service Association ($5,000); Global Learning Charter Public School ($5,000); Healthfirst Family Care Center, Inc. ($10,000); Katie Brown Educational Program, Inc. ($4,000); the Lynch Leadership Academy ($30,000 – $10,000 per year for three years); New Bedford Art Museum ($7,500); New Bedford Festival Theatre ($5,000); New Bedford Women’s Center, Inc. ($10,000); People Acting in Community Endeavors, Inc. ($4,000); Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School ($7,500); S.T.E.A.M. the Streets ($4,800); Steppingstone Incorporated ($7,500); The Holocaust Center at Bristol Community College ($3,000); and Thomas Chew Boys & Girls Club of Fall River ($10,000).

Rhode Island area $72,500 – Comprehensive Community Action ($5,000); Day One ($4,000); Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England ($2,500); Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island ($5,000); Local Initiatives Support Corporation ($15,000); Leon Mathieu Senior Center ($2,500); Providence Children’s Museum ($7,500); Reach Out and Read Rhode Island ($7,500); St. John Paul II ($2,500); Sojourner House, Inc. ($3,500); The Learning Community Charter School ($7,500); and the YMCA of Pawtucket ($10,000).

Patrick J. Murray, Jr., President of the BCSCF and President & CEO of BCSB, awarded the grants to the organizations. Also participating were Thomas Hoye, Mayor, City of Taunton, Kristine Arsenault, Assistant Chief of Staff for Jon Mitchell, Mayor, City of New Bedford, and representatives of the BCSCF advisory boards and the Bank’s area branches.

“We look at these charitable organizations as 43 beacons of light in our community and it is our hope that these grants will help make those lights shine as brightly as possible,” said Murray. “As a community bank, a core principle of ours is to support the neighborhoods where our customers live and work. So, we look forward to seeing firsthand the positive impact these organizations make throughout the local area.”

Bristol County Savings Bank is an active supporter in the communities in which it serves. The Foundation was established in 1996 as part of the Bank’s 150th Anniversary celebration. Its purpose is to fund needs that contribute to the economic and the social well-being of the people and institutions located in the greater Taunton/Attleboro Region, the greater New Bedford/Dartmouth Region, the Fall River Region and the Pawtucket, Rhode Island Region, with particular emphasis in the areas of education and literacy, economic development and housing for the low- to moderate-income population.