Donation part of $325,000 in total – representing 13 grants in the amount of $25k awarded to each
fire department in the communities where the Bank has a branch office.
TAUNTON, MA, February 3, 2022 —The Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation marked its 25th Anniversary with a $25,000 grant to the Cumberland Fire District during a check presentation ceremony held recently at the station.  The donation, which the Department will use for general public safety equipment, is part of $325,000 in grants currently being awarded to fire departments in the 13 communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island where the Bank has a branch office location.  Since the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation was formed in 1996, more than $25 million has been committed to hundreds of different local non-profits.  In 2021, the Foundation awarded $2,280,000 million to various 501(c)(3) organizations, many of whom were assisting local communities in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
“For the past 25 years, our Foundation has been supporting the neighborhoods where our customers live and work.  This grant is our way of celebrating that accomplishment and thanking the brave men and women of the Cumberland Fire District who consistently put themselves at risk on our community’s behalf,” said Patrick Murray, President of the Foundation and President & CEO of the Bank.  “We hope the funds will assist the fire departments in their critical, life-saving efforts throughout the communities we serve.”  Murray added that the Foundation’s first donation 25 years ago was to the Taunton Fire Department to assist them in the purchase of thermal imaging cameras.  Founded in 1846, the Bank is also celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year.

The Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation’s 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 Northern, Rhode Island Region, with particular emphasis in the areas of education and literacy, economic development and housing for the low- to moderate-income population.  In 2020, the Foundation added an additional area of focus supporting organizations that are on the frontlines of the pandemic or experiencing hardship as a result.