Community Involvement

We are committed to participating in various activities and events to give back to the communities in which we serve.

Orient Heights 40th Anniversary

EBSB Celebrates 40 Years in the Orient Heights Neighborhood
On Friday, November 20th we celebrated 40 years within the Orient Heights Neighborhood. The anniversary celebration was held at our Orient Heights Branch in East Boston. Local businesses and customers of the Bank were invited to join in on the festivities between 11am and 2pm. Guests also had the chance to meet and speak with EBSB's Chairman, CEO and President, Richard J. Gavegnano. "We are more than happy to be celebrating our 40th anniversary with the Orient Heights neighborhood. As a bank, we have established strong roots in this neighborhood through our continued commitment and dedication in providing quality products and service to our customers. In result, we can celebrate this anniversary with customers who have remained committed to East Boston Savings Bank, and for that we are very grateful," said Gavegnano. Vice President Regional Manager, Kim Altschul, Vice President Branch Manager, Felicia Puopolo and staff greeted guests with giveaways and treated them to an array of food some in which were donated by local businesses in the area. State Representative, Adrian Madaro, along with Officers from the East Boston Chamber of Commerce, attended the celebration and presented the Bank with citations for our continued success and commitment within Orient Heights. A special thank you to the Orient Heights community for celebrating this anniversary with us!

South Boston Community Health Center Fundraising Victory

Supporting South Boston Community Health Center Harvest of Hope
East Boston Savings Bank presented a check to the South Boston Community Health Center (SBCHC) for their annual Harvest of Hope event on November 10th. The SBCHC is a full service health care facility that has been serving the South Boston community since 1972. This year’s Harvest of Hope honorees were Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans for their tireless contributions within the community. The event benefitted the continued efforts of the SBCHC’s health care facility, whose mission is to provide accessible, high quality care to all patients, regardless of status and ability to pay.

Photo L-R: Margaret Lynch-Director of Marketing and Development of SBCHC, Edward Merritt- Executive Vice President of East Boston Savings Bank

Castle Island Association Fundraising Victory

Castle Island Association Fundraising Victory
On November 16th, East Boston Savings Bank presented a check to the Castle Island Association for their second place victory in the EBSB 5K Bay Run/Walk Non-profit Challenge. As part of the fundraising efforts for the race, EBSB presents local non-profit organizations with the challenge for registering the most runners. In this challenge we awarded cash prizes to both first and second place to their organizations, Congratulations Castle Hill Island Association!

Photo L-R: Mary Chichester- AVP, Branch Manager for EBSB, Bill Spain from the Castle Hill Island Association and Edward Merritt, Executive Vice President EBSB

EBSB 5K Bay Run/Walk

EBSB Hosts the 10th Annual 5K Bay Run/Walk Road Race benefiting the EBSB Charitable Foundation
October 4th runners/walkers took part in EBSB 10th annual 5K road race. Adults and children of all ages and from various parts of the city and the region enjoyed the event which included a scenic race route, a prize ceremony, and family fun activities for everyone. They also contributed to over 65,000 raised from the event, which will go to the EBSB Charitable Foundation in support of various educational programs in the communities that the Bank serves.

For the tenth year in a row, we are thankful to have received such wonderful support from our communities and the hundreds of people who participated in this important and fun filled family event” said Ed Merritt, Executive Vice President of East Boston Savings Bank. “Both the number of registered runners/walkers and the money raised reflect the highest totals we have ever experienced making this the most successful race to date.

“We are very grateful to our top sponsors, Platinum Sponsor Auburn Construction, and Gold Sponsors Bernkopf Goodman LLP and CAM Media, for their contributions in making our annual road race a success and for helping us give back to our communities,” said Ed Merritt.

The overall top male winner was John Stansel of Somerville with a time of 16.20, and the overall top female winner was Courtney O’Connor of Somerville with a time of 21.47. Both individuals received $250 for being the first male and female to finish. Other top winners from their respective age group received $50 each for their achievement.

1st Photo L-R: John Stansel, men’s overall winner and Edward Merritt, Executive Vice President of East Boston Savings Bank.
2ND Photo L-R: Courtney O’Connor, women’s overall winner and Edward Merritt, Executive Vice President of East Boston Savings Bank

Community Scholarship Reception

EBSB Community Scholarship Reception
EBSB awarded scholarships to local students from the communities of Allston, Dorchester, Roslindale, South Boston and West Roxbury. Scholarships were presented by James Morgan, Senior VP of Retail Banking, at the Annual Community Scholarship Reception in August, held at our Gallivan Blvd branch in Dorchester. Congratulations to all scholarship recipients, and best of luck in the new school year!

Scholarship Recipients: Arianys Diaz, Roslindale; Lance Dorgan, Allston; Iyla Driggs, Dorchester; Matthew Flaherty, South Boston; Rushieka Gordan, Dorchester, Mollie Mannion, Dorchester; James O'Loughlin, South Boston; Anthony Morales, Roslindale; Julie Casallas, West Roxbury & Victor McCall-Scott, Dorchester.

West Roxbury Movie Night

EBSB Hosted a Summer Movie Night in West Roxbury
On August 13th, We hosted another successful summer movie night in West Roxbury.  Many came out to watch the movie for the night, Disney's Big Hero 6, while enjoying free popcorn and snacks.  We also took the opportunity to present a donation to the Jason Robert Challenger League owners, Billy Hubbard and Kerry Ann O'Shea.  The donation will go towards equipment needed for their baseball league, which focuses on kids with special needs.  Scholarship presentations were made to local West Roxbury students Julia Casallas, who will be attending Merrimack College in the fall and Anthony Morales, who currently attends Catholic Memorial High School.

Mayor Coffee Hour

EBSB Volunteers at the Dorchester Mayor's Coffee Hour Series
East Boston Savings Bank joined Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for the 17th Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide from May 6th - June 17th. Employees volunteered at community parks around Boston to help beautify the city's greenhouses. While volunteering, they enjoyed coffee and breakfast treat provided by Dunkin' Donuts.

East Lynn Little League

EBSB Supports East Lynn Little League
East Boston Savings Bank heard the sad news that on July 27th the East Lynn Little League Clark Park was vandalized. Along with the vandalism there was a significant amount of damage to their equipment. In hopes of rebuilding their field and replacing their equipment we presented the league with a donation. We wish the East Lynn Little League a successful season.

South Boston Catholic Academy

EBSB Presented Five South Boston Catholic Academy Students with Scholarships
East Boston Savings Bank presented five students of the South Boston Catholic Academy with generous scholarships for their hard work, diligence and commitment to their continued education. The awards were presented at the 2015 end of year school mass at the St. Brigid Church in South Boston.

South Boston Farmer's Market

EBSB Headline Sponsor for 2015 South Boston Farmer's Market
Mary Lou Rosher, founder of the South Boston Farmer's Market in 2002, was honored this year by Mayor Walsh's office. Councilor Bill Linehan presented her with the award. EBSB is the headline sponsor for the 2015 South Boston Farmer's Market. Ed Merritt, Executive Vice President of EBSB attended the event of behalf of the bank.

Lauren Forbes receives Scholarship

EBSB Presents Scholarship to Lauren Forbes
On Tuesday, May 19th, we presented a scholarship award to UMASS Boston student, Lauren Forbes. Lauren is from Peabody and this scholarship will help to aid in her continued success, diligence and hard work in her education.

Sandra Cotterell and Ed Merritt

EBSB Supports Men of Boston Cook Event
Ed Merritt- Executive Vice President of East Boston Savings Bank, presents a Sponsorship Award to Sandra Cotterell, CEO of Codman Square Health Center, towards their Men of Boston Cook event which will be held in October. Codman Square Health Center is the community’s first choice of comprehensive, holistic and integrated services and empowers individuals to lead healthy lives and build thriving communities.

Nativity Prep

EBSB Educates Nativity Preparatory Students About Savings
Ed Merritt, Executive Vice President of EBSB, joined students at the Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain on May 3rd to speak to them about the importance of saving. Each child received a piggy bank with four quarters to start them towards their savings goals. Nativity Prep is the only tuition-free school for boys in Boston, it offers a rigorous Jesuit education to students from low-income families residing in the city's neighborhoods. It is an accredited school that serves boys in grades 4 through 8, preparing them for academic success in high school and college, and for lives of service and purpose long afterward.


Danvers Food Pantry

EBSB Supports the Danvers Food Pantry
The Danvers People to People Food Pantry located at 12 Sylvan Street Danvers, MA is going green! They are eliminating the plastic bags that are used to bag groceries. EBSB’s AVP, Danvers Branch Manager, Nancy Hathaway presented 140 reusable grocery bags to Florence Woods, Betty Thomson and Barbara Remon of the Food Pantry. Using the reusable grocery bags can save 100 billion single-use plastic bags a year and will save the food pantry money, which can use to better serve its clients.

The Danvers People to People Food Pantry was created by the Danvers Community Council to help Danvers families needing assistance. The pantry is operated by a team of volunteers who are dedicated to community service. These volunteers collect food, stock shelves, interview clients as well as shop, distribute and deliver food.

Mario Umana Students

EBSB Sponsors Mario Umana Academy
Mario Umana is a bilingual school where 70% of its students are of Hispanic origin. The students celebrated their roots with music, art and crafts and dance. The event was supported by parents and sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank. The event will be moved to a bigger place next year because of the high attendance and participation of parents and students. East Boston Savings Bank donated electronics and gifts that were raffled to students and parents. More than 50% of the students are learning English and the school has a known great academic level recognized by the Boston Public School System. East Boston Savings Bank is committed to supporting the Hispanic Community in East Boston which represents a very high percentage of our clients at the Central Square location. Click here to read the article published in El Mundo.

Towslee, Vieira & Sobers Photo

EBSB Featured on "Our House"
On April 21st, Andrew Sobers, AVP, Residential Sales Manager appeared on "Our House" a radio program which airs on Our House is a show designed to enlighten the community about buying and selling real estate; as well as letting the community know about events happening in their area.

"Our House" is hosted by Jonathan Towslee, VP, Branch Manager of our South End branch and Melvin A. Vieira Jr., your local Real Estate Concierge from RE/MAX Destiny's Jamaica Plain Office. During the show Andrew discussed the various lending programs EBSB offers to our customers, the importance of reviewing your credit annually, how to fix your credit so you can be eligible to purchase a home and how a community bank differs from a larger bank with lending practices.

"Our House" airs on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month from 8AM - 8:30AM as part of station owner, Charles Clemons TMS: The Morning Show.

Photo: Jonathan Towslee, AVP, Branch Manager of our South End branch, Melvin A. Vieira Jr., your local Real Estate Concierge from RE/MAX Destiny's Jamaica Plain Office, Andrew Sobers, AVP, Residential Sales Manager

Shamrock Shootout

Shamrock Shootout
Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, and members of East Boston Savings Bank attend the 8th Annual Shamrock Shootout held in West Roxbury.  The event was started in 2008 by Dave Tracey, Michael O’Brien and Mark Sanders for neighborhood kids who had school off for Evacuation Day. What began with 100 participants has grown into a 650+ player tournament that stretches nearly 1/3 mile along Temple Street and includes music, food and other activities. The tournament is FREE.

Photo (L-R): Mike O'Brien; Robert Jubinville of the Governor's Council; Sheriff Steve Tompkins; Edward Merritt, EVP of East Boston Savings Bank.
Medford 5K Photo

Medford Branch helping Boston Children's Hosptial
We sponsored the Medford's 2nd annual Running Leprechaun's 5K to help benefit Boston Children's Hospital on March 14th.  Our Medford branch not only set up a table with give away items but they also participated in the 5K! 

Photo (L-R): Mayor McGlynn, Sandra Youssef, Branch Manager Susan Hubbard & Stephanie Bourque.
Picture of Gage Desmond

EBSB helping Gage replace his missing presents
We held a surpirse birthday party for Gage Desmond, 5, of Peabody.  A family friend accidently placed all of his presents into the wrong car after his part of Metro Bowl in Peabody.  After we saw this story we wanted to help.  We got him a cake and new presents. 

Students playing instruments

EBSB is a proud sponor for The Powers Music School
We have sponsored the neighborhood concert series.  There is a total of nine concerts presented through May 2015.  Powers Music School is a not-for-profit institution established in 1964 to provide superior music instruction and performance opportunities to all interested students.