#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 Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation was established as a vehicle to guarantee for future generations the charitable giving that has been the Bank's hallmark since 1820.
Our newest program, #Giving for Good, highlights Bankís 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
Community Service of Newburyport (CSN) is a local non-profit organization that for many years has quietly provided a plethora of important services for local residents. A privately funded social service agency established in 1912, CSN serves children, individuals and families from Newburyport, Newbury and West Newbury. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals in need by providing economic assistance in a caring environment.
In 2018 CSN relocated to a new, expanded location in the annex of St. Paulís Church on Summer Street. The new facility was made possible by donations from the Institution for Savings, along with the Provident and Newburyport Banks, and SPS New Englandís Wayne Capolupo.
CSN provides many critical resources to those in need including: diapers, personal care products, pet food, clothing, blankets, towels and sheets. It also provides transportation vouchers, utility assistance; and heating and medical bill assistance. A photo ID and proof of address are required to sign up for services. Every Thursday CSN also hosts Our Neighbors' Tableís Mobile Market of both fresh and non-perishable food. The Market is open from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Special programs are also offered throughout the year:
GIFT BAGS FOR CHILDREN AND SENIORS. During the holiday season, CSN collaborates with local businesses, civic clubs, schools and businesses to fill gift bags for children and seniors. Sign up for the gift bags takes place from October 15 through November 30.
TREES FOR CHRISTMAS. Vouchers are available for Christmas trees which are provided by Christmas Tree Santas of Newburyport. Sign up for vouchers is in October and November, and trees are available for pick up the first Saturday in December.
CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS. Vouchers for two weeks of summer camp are available to eligible children from Newburyport, Newbury and West Newbury. Sign up begins in the Spring.
Making It Personal! Donations of personal care items will allow CSN to increase the number of essential products provided to residents from Newburyport, Newbury and West Newbury. The most needed items are: toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, band-aids, incontinence products (men and women), laundry detergent, dish detergent, and cleaning supplies.
Volunteers and assistance are always welcome! For more information, visit their website: www.communityserviceofnewburyport.com , call 978-465-7562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.