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.
Southcoast Health is a not-for-profit healthcare network that depends on the support and involvement of the communities it serves. The Bank is doing its part as Julie Chapman, EVP/COO and Dr. Jean MacCormack, Chairman of the BCSCF-SAB, have been involved in the $25 million Campaign for Southcoast Health as both are members of the President’s Council for its Southcoast Hospitals Group. Specifically, the extensive renovation of the integrated Women and Children’s Center at St. Luke’s Hospital has been a focus for the Bank as it has contributed $250,000. The Center’s new pediatric and maternity renovations will help improve the hospital’s ability to provide the highest quality healthcare for mothers and their newborns and to truly welcome the entire family during this special time in their lives.
The Pawtucket Foundation/Pawtucket Proud Day
Pawtucket Proud Day, sponsored by the Bank, was created by The Pawtucket Foundation to bring the local business community together to help beautify and showcase the city’s public spaces, neighborhood parks and “gateways”. A team from the Bank donned their green t-shirts and made Pawtucket and all of the Bristol County Savings Bank community proud.
Adult Financial Literacy
The more people know about how to manage their finances, the more likely they will be responsible members of the community. That is why the Bank is a strong proponent of FDIC’s Money Smart financial curriculum designed to strengthen their financial skills, create positive banking relationships and forge good habits that are sustainable going forward. Bank employees, including Rick Clark, Taunton Branch Manager, led these Money Smart Program seminars on a wide range of topics for local residents. One of the primary goals of the program is to foster collaboration between financial institutions and organizations within the communities we serve to deliver meaningful classes that are appropriate for the audience.
The United Way improves lives by mobilizing caring people to become involved in the community where their resources are needed most. The Bank has taken a leadership role with three local United Ways. Senior Vice President Kevin McCarthy oversees the Bank’s annual United Way campaigns, working with the United Ways of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Greater New Bedford, and Greater Fall River. In addition to the financial support provided by the Bank and our employees, Joan Medeiros has been serving on the Board of the United Way of Greater Fall River since 2004 and currently serves as Finance Chair on their board of directors.
Community Development of Attleboro
The Bank was lead sponsor of the 8th Annual Summer Expo for the Senses, collaboration between the City of Attleboro, the Attleboro Arts Museum, the local jewelry community, artists and crafts persons, entertainers and area restaurants to celebrate the vibrancy of the City. Bristol County Savings Bank awarded a grant totaling $17,000 to support the business building activities of the Community Development of Attleboro and help fund the family fun celebration of music, food and art while a number of Bank employees volunteered their time and talents throughout the event.