#Giving for Good

As a mutual savings bank, the Institution for Savings has always believed in dedicating a part of its assets toward making the communities it serves better places in which to live and work. Our three charitable foundations –Institution for Savings, 2 Depot Square Ipswich and Main Street Rockport—were established as vehicles to guarantee for future generations the charitable giving that has been the Bank's hallmark since 1820.

Our newest program, #Giving for Good, highlights Bank’s volunteerism as well as the non-profit partners that have been recipients of its charitable grants and do so much in our communities. Bank employees are given up to 10 personal time off hours annually to volunteer in our communities. In addition, "green teams" of Bank employees will go out into the community quarterly armed with cash to 'pay it forward': buying someone's lunch, paying for an hour of free coffee at the local coffee shop, purchasing supplies for a local school, and more.

Meet this month's #Giving for Good Hero

Our Neighbors' Table

Our Neighbors' Table (ONT) is committed to establishing a community that provides for the whole person with nourishing food, kindness and dignity. Its programs deliver food assistance to individuals and families living in Amesbury, Boxford, Byfield,Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, South Hampton, and West Newbury. ONT’s primary programs include Wednesday evening meals at the Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury; grocery distribution at several locations including the Jardis-Taylor Center, a state of the art food market that opened in 2016; a Summer Lunch Program for families with school-aged children through July and August; holiday meals programs; and more.

ONT commemorated its 25th anniversary in 2017, celebrating 5 million meals and 10,000 neighbors served. Last year the organization served four percent of the population in the communities it serves. Its clients cross all demographics; for the last four years, one of every 12 people living in Amesbury consumed food from one of ONT’s programs, according to its 2017 Annual Report.

“Putting food on the table for someone today helps curb their hunger, but guaranteeing that food will be on their table every day creates food security,” said ONT’s Executive Director Lyndsey Haight. “That is our goal at Our Neighbors Table. We are proud to say that we have brought that security to Amesbury and hope to replicate it in our surrounding cities and towns because no one in our community should go hungry. For years the Institution for Savings has supported our efforts. Their investment in the construction of the Jardis-Taylor Center enabled us to more than double our impact and set a new standard of service with dignity and their support of our Fill ‘Em Up Fest helps raise awareness of hunger in our own backyard.”

For more information, visit ONT's website: www.ont.org.