Community

Involvement in our Communities

At Bristol County Savings Bank we encourage our employees to give back to our community. Many of our Directors, Officers and employees donate their time, financial resources and expertise to numerous organizations throughout our communities. In fact, a large majority of our involvement is in the form of leadership roles within these communities and by being actively involved, we are aware of critical issues that need our support. Each year we devote thousands of volunteer hours to assist local organizations carry out their missions. As we continue to grow and expand our employee base, the number of employees involved and our total volunteer hours continues to grow as well.

Scoutreach

While limited finances, transportation, and family time often prevent youth from participating in enrichment programs, Boy Scouts of America allows none of these factors to stand in the way. The Bank’s commitment to Scoutreach is demonstrated by the Foundation’s $30,000 grant and in its involvement, as President & CEO Patrick Murray and CFO Dennis Leahy serve as Board Members, while EVP & Community Relations Officer Michele Roberts is a part of the nominating committee. This scouting program delivers unparalleled opportunities to boys from low-income and underserved families.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

The United Way of Greater Attleboro and Taunton (UWGAT) and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMBMV) announced a merger in 2018, allowing the two chapters to leverage each other’s strengths and resources to create the most beneficial impact in the communities they serve. As a member of the UWGAT Board, BCSB President & CEO Patrick Murray was influential in the unification of the organizations, and will continue his Board membership. We will also have local representation on the newly formed Regional Advisory Board, which focuses on resource development, community investment and volunteer recruitment with Dennis Leahy, EVP/Treasurer & CFO; Jeff Bradley, VP/Community Relations; and Mark Cuddy, EVP, FBinsure. Bristol County Savings Bank was the top funder of UWGAT annual campaign, facilitated by Jeff Bradley and SVP Human Resources Jim Ferrara, who served as Co-Chairs.

Zeiterion Theatre - New Bedford

Serving host to over 100,000 patrons each year, The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center has been a staple attraction in the revitalized Downtown New Bedford area. The Z inspires the community by using performing arts to connect generations and unite diverse groups while opening a world of creativity and new possibilities. The Bank’s Jack Silva served six years on the Theatre’s Board of Trustees, and was granted emeritus status after his final term in recognition of his efforts towards the Z’s development. Our involvement with the Z will continue with Lou Riccardi and Joe Nauman as members of the Z’s Board of Directors.

HealthFirst - Fall River

Since 1971, Healthfirst Family Care Center, Inc. has provided high-quality primary and preventative health care to the Greater Fall River Community. Healthfirst continues to find new and innovative ways to service its patients. This year’s $10,000 grant went towards an upgrade to their IT infrastructure. This upgrade was critical in improving Healthfirst’s efficiency, ensuring that their systems remain secure and functional on a day-to-day basis. In addition to the financial support, SVP/Commercial Lending Team Leader Roger Cabral serves on its Board of Directors.

Pictured L-R are Joan Medeiros, VP/Commercial Lending; Michael patacao, VP/Commercial Lending; Elizabeth Soares, VP/Network Administrator; and Timothy Chaves, SVP/Commercial Lending.

Prince Henry Society - Taunton, New Bedford & Fall River

The Prince Henry Society focuses on promoting the cultural, economic, educational and social betterment to individuals of Portuguese descent. The Bank is involved with all three chapters of the Society, with Michael Patacao a member of the New Bedford Chapter, Joan Medeiros the Fall River Chapter and Elizabeth Soares and Tim Chaves as members of the Taunton Chapter. In October 2017, Elizabeth was elected the President of the Taunton Chapter, becoming the first female president in Society history. Through her leadership and support from community partners like BCSB, the Taunton Chapter has raised over $10,000 in scholarship funding for local high-schoolers of Portuguese decent.

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