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.
The Bank continues to provide support to UMD, both with our ﬁnancial investments and community involvement. We committed $250,000 to help construct The Charlton Learning Pavilion which opened this year and adjoins the existing Charl-ton College of Business building. The Pavilion provides new technology-enriched classrooms, meeting spaces, a business innovation center and a 165-seat audito-rium for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Joan Medeiros, BCSB’s Vice President, Commercial Lending, has been a long-time supporter of UMD and was named Chair of the UMass Dartmouth Foundation. Michele Roberts, EVP & Community Relations Officer at the Bank, recently received the Community Member Civic Leadership award from UMD which recognizes a community member who has demonstrated sustained civic leadership and positive community impact.
Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
The world we live in is becoming increasingly more technology dependent. However, the youth served at the Boy & Girls Club of Pawtucket do not always have the resources they need to fully access that world. Michele Roberts, EVP & Community Relations Officer at the Bank, has been an active member of the Board of Directors for the Club for many years and recently, Jeff Bradley, the Bank’s Digital & Event Marketing Manager, has joined the Club’s Technology Committee. With funding from the Foundation, the Club purchased Chromebooks for their teen members and Jeff helped implement the project. A Chrome lab will be in keeping with the technology plan adopted by the Pawtucket School Department, allowing members to easily transition from the school day to the Club’s out-of-school time programs and help these young members to be successful in school and in life.
Associates for Human Services, Inc. (AHS) - Taunton
AHS provides the greater Taunton area with support services for children, adults, and seniors experiencing medical needs, developmental delays and/or disabilities, economical disadvantages or educational risk factors. Len Sullivan, First Executive Vice President & Senior Loan Officer for the Bank, has been an active AHS Board Member for over 20 years, including formerly serving as Treasurer. Recently, the Bank assisted AHS with a tax-exempt bond to fund the construction of an addition to their existing facility which will help house their growing programs. The Foundation has also provided over $25,000 to support their annual programs.
United Way of Greater New Bedford
Bristol County Savings Bank is a key supporter of its local United Way organizations. The Bank’s employees not only contribute ﬁnancially, but each year many volunteers give their time to participate in the organization’s Day of Caring. In 2016, several employees volunteered to assist the United Way of Greater New Bedford who brought together individuals, businesses and organizations to assist several non- proﬁt organizations in New Bedford with the completion of an array of projects, including painting, landscaping and organizing.
Old Colony Habitat for Humanity - Attleboro
Habitat for Humanity is known throughout the world for its unique “partnership housing” model which strives to provide quality, affordable housing in partnership with families in need. By working together with volunteers, corporations, individual supporters and homeowner families, the cycle of poverty can be broken, neighborhoods rebuilt, and a community revitalized. About a dozen volunteers from the Bank had the opportunity to assist with an Attleboro home build and provided some ‘sweat equity’ to help make the homeowner, Sandra Hovigimian’s dream a reality. In addition, the Foundation provided a $5,000 grant that went toward supplies for the project and also supported Old Colony Habitat for Humanity’s Brush with Kindness program which focuses on home repairs for eligible families.