Community

Partnering in our Communities

Sometimes it takes a collaborative effort to achieve the greatest results. Bristol County Savings Bank realizes this and continues to seek out opportunities to partner with organizations that have the ability to maximize the funding they receive, work collaboratively with other community organizations, schools and government agencies, and clearly demonstrate that their programs and efforts are being used to meet the growing needs of the populations they serve. Collaborative efforts, sometimes involving multiple partners, have proven to be an effective and efficient method of creating the greatest impact for our local communities.

Pictured with children at the Y are (L-R): Jann Alden, VP, BCSB and Y Board Member; Dennis Kelly, Chairman of the Board of Directors, BCSB, Chairman, BCSCB and Y Board Member; Michele Roberts, EVP & Community Relations Officer, BCSB and Clerk, BCSCF; Lou Ricciardi, President & CEO, Bristol Wealth Growth and Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services; Robin McDonald, CEO, Attleboro YMCA; Patrick Murray, President & CEO, BCSB and President, BCSCF; Mark Cuddy, EVP, FBinsure, Corporator, BCSB and Y Board Member; and Alissa Hall, VP/Commercial Lending, BCSB and Y Board Member.

Attleboro YMCA

Bristol County Savings Bank and the Attleboro YMCA have developed an extensive relationship, establishing both as community leaders. The Bank supported the Y’s 150th Anniversary Gala with a $25,000 grant which helped celebrate a true milestone for the organization. The Attleboro YMCA also received $22,500 in funding from the Foundation in support of its Student Leadership Collaborative and its Annual Best Friends Campaign. BCSBCF’s assistance goes towards deferring the membership costs for low to moderate income families, allowing all youth and adults to participate in YMCA programs and services.

New Bedford Fire Department

New Bedford’s Student Awareness of Fire Safety Education (SAFE) Program has served as a model to the entire state of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 1995, the SAFE program has reduced the number of fire related deaths in children by 72% statewide. The Foundation supported the SAFE Program by assisting the New Bedford Fire Department with the conception of its new Fire Safety Education Vehicle. The specially designed vehicle is used to transport materials and supplies to schools, senior centers and community events, providing New Bedford with unsurpassed fire safety education.

Boys & Girls Club of Taunton

The Boys & Girls Club has been a pillar in the Taunton community for over a century. With an array of services and programs, the Club’s mission is to give all Taunton youth a sense of hope, belonging and purpose, as well as the skills they need to overcome life’s challenges and give back to their community. The Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of the Club not only financially, but with community involvement from the Bank’s board members and staff. This past December, the Boys and Girls Club of Taunton recognized the Bank’s long time support with by renaming the newly renovated child care center in the Bank’s name.

Pictured Back Row L-R: Joan Medeiros, VP/Commercial Lending, BCSB; Frank Wilhelm, AVP/Fall River Branch Manager, BCSB; Marquis Taylor, CEO, C4C; Dr. Aimee Bronhard, Principal, Hdnry Lord Community School; Jeff Bradley, VP/Community Relations, BCSB; along with C4C participants from the Henry Lord Community School in Fall River.

Coaching4Change - Fall River

Coaching4Change (C4C) believes in the ability of youth leadership, a prominent factor in the success of their mentor driven organization. In Fall River, C4C enables off track middle school students to participate in academic and physical activities led by Durfee High School students, who are mentored by UMass Dartmouth students that aspire to be educators. Not only does C4C assist teachers with the development of their students, they also provide them with professional development opportunities. In 2018, Bristol County Savings Bank supported C4C’s Fall River program with a $7,500 grant. With this funding, C4C was able to impact the lives of high needs students through personalized learning environments and school-based mentoring community service opportunities.

Pictured L-R are Michele Roberts, EVP & Community Relations Officer, BCSB and Clerk, BCSCF; Hollie Lussier, EVP/Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, BCSB; Nelson Braga, SVP/Residential Lending, BCSB; Hasan Ali, SVP/Commercial Lending, BCSB; Linda Weisinger, Executive Director, Pawtucket Central Falls Development; and patrick Murray, President & CEO, BCSB and President, BCSCF.

PCFDC - Rhode Island

Bristol County Savings Bank partnered with Pawtucket Central Falls Community Development (PCFCD) to purchase a 14-unit apartment building on Webster Street in Pawtucket that will be converted to affordable housing units. The Bank’s $250,000 equity investment will provide capital for the project while preserving its purpose as affordable housing for low to moderate income individuals. The Bank worked closely with PCFDC to advance community revitalization efforts in the area and has developed a first time home buyer program for the building’s tenants to assist in the purchase of the units.

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