We are committed to participating in various activities and events to give back to the communities in which we serve.
Maureen Gillis named Danvers' Citizen of the Year
The Danvers Community Council has named Maureen Gillis Citizen of the Year. Maureen is our Regional Manager for nine branches. She is also a board member of the Community Council, a member and past president of the Danvers Kiwanis Club, a co-chair of the "Freedom to Move" fundraiser, a member of the Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership, a member of the DanversCARES, a committee member for the Party with a Purpose, and active member of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce among many other volunteering efforts. Congratulations Maureen!
Mt. Washington Bank Supports Codman Square Health Center
Mt. Washington Bank presented a check on March 4th to the Codman Square Health Center in sponsorhip of their annual Valentina Service Award. These awards were developed to honor staff members at the Codman Square Health Center that exhibit characteristics around providing excellent service. This year's 1st place winner was Patricia Marshall John and the 2nd place winner was Lisa Hamblin.
Photo: Gabriel Vonleh, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Michaud, Nichelle Hodge, Branch Manager at Mt. Washington Bank; Lisa Hamblin, Executive Assistant to CEO; Ed Merritt, President of Mt. Washington Bank.
The Paraclete Foundation Presents Ed Merritt, President of Mt. Washington Bank with 2014 Paraclete Founders' Award
Edward Merritt, President of Mt. Washington Bank, has been named this year’s recipient of the Paraclete 2014 Founders’ Award. The Paraclete Founders' award is given in honor of Sister Ann Fox and Barry Hynes, Co-Counders of the Paraclete. It is awarded annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the Paraclete –"called to one's side" – an individual who gives of oneself to advocate for and help enrich young lives.
The Paraclete Academy is an after-school educational enrichment program for disadvantaged, urban youth in South Boston. Students are taught to be independent self-advocates who take charge of their education through active pursuit of both aid and opportunities to challenge themselves.
Presenters for this year’s award included Christine McConville (Event Co-Chair), William Kemeza (President, Boston College High school Board of Trustees), Joseph D. Harney (Chair, Board of Directors Paraclete), Eileen DeMichele (Executive Director, Paraclete), and Thomas Gunning (Event Co-Chair).
PHOTO CREDIT: John McCabe, XtraVision Photography
EBSB hosts Junior Achievement Skills to Achieve sessions.
With a grant from the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Junior Achievement New England is using the funds to hold several JA Skills to Achieve seminars throughout greater Boston. Recently, EBSB hosted a seminar at the Bank's headquarters in Peabody. Guided by Pamela Leins, Sr. Education Manager for JA New England, ten students from Mr. Harris' East Boston High School class attended the skill sessions that included; Know Your Personal Brand, Communication and Conflit Management Skills, Your Credit, Your Future and Know who's Hiring.
Each lesson was instructed by EBSB volunteers from the Bank's executive, security, retail, human resources, training and lending divisions. Group discussions and role playing were all part of the experience for lessons in financial literacy and workforce readiness.
EBSB's Annual Holiday Auction Raises $55,000 for Five Local Charities
East Boston Savings Bank’s Annual Holiday Auction raised $55,000 through the sale of employee- and vendor-donated items, including tickets to sporting events, restaurant gift certificates, homemade arts and crafts, and toys.
“The auction is an event that our employees look forward to every year,” said EBSB Sr. Vice President and Auction Chair Keith Armstrong. “We’re proud of the role we play as a good neighbor in the communities we serve, and our employees continue to be supportive of those efforts.”
The five area charities benefitting from the event were Crossroads Family Shelter, East Boston; East Boston Social Centers; Bread of Life, Malden; Haven From Hunger, Peabody and the Greater Medford Visiting Nurse Association. Each of these organizations received a check for $11,000.
The photo shows: Front: Kathleen McKenna (Bread of Life), Christina Larcombe (Crossroads), Alyse Barbash (Haven From Hunger), Marissa DePietro (EB Social Center), Deb Jackson (EBSB President).
Back: Keith Armstrong (EBSB Auction Chairman), Mark Golub (Bread of Life), Dick Gavegnano (EBSB Chairman & CEO), Bill Connors (EBSB & Greater Medford VNA), Anne Powers (Greater Medford VNA)
Danvers Holiday Festival
The East Boston Savings Bank sponsored photos with Santa at the 15th Annual Danvers Holiday Festival on December 7th in Danvers Square. The children got their photo taken with Santa by our Danvers branch elves as well as handed out giveaways. It was a fun time for all ages to enjoy.
EBSB Charitable Foundation
The East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation has made grants totaling $208,500 for the 2013 distribution year. EBSB Chairman & CEO and EBSB Charitable Foundation President Richard Gavegnano recently hosted a breakfast for the 50 deserving non-profit organizations at the Bank's headquarters in Peabody. For a list of the 2013 recipients click here.
Cooking for a Cause
Celtics legend JoJo White and Ed Merritt lend their support for the Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health 16th annual event. Men of Boston join some of Boston's finest restaurants with local celebrities to help raise funds for critical women's health programs.
Revere Columbus Day Parade
After a 4 year hiatus, Revere re-instituted its Columbus Day Parade. With support from EBSB and other community establishments the parade was a success. Floats, marching bands, community sports organizations and various non-profits were among the many participates.
FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Mt. Washington Savings Bank, in partnership with Touch 106.1 FM joined Restaurant Laura in Dorchester for their 3rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Over 70 people within the community were served a free Thanksgiving meal.
2013 Dorchester House Multi-Service Award
The Dorchester House Multi-Service Center held its annual gala in Novemeber, which recognized institutions working to better the neighborhood and the lives of its residents in the community. Mt. Washington Savings Bank was honored for its philanthropic work.