#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
Founded in 2011 as a plant donation/swapping website, Generous Gardeners has grown over time to become a philanthropic organization of volunteers, Since it was reincorporated in 2014 Generous Gardeners has furthered its mission by beautifying 29 public spaces in Gloucester with gardens. The organization’s efforts are made possible by plant donations from volunteers, private donations, and funds raised by the annual Gloucester Garden Tour.
Generous Gardeners’ hard work can be seen and enjoyed throughout Gloucester, such as behind the police station, at various traffic islands, at the Sargent House Museum, and surrounding the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial.
If you are looking to support Generous Gardeners, cash donations can be made through the organization’s website or by mail. In kind donations can also be made if you have plants or material that will fit within the organization’s designed spaces and needs. You might also consider joining Generous Gardeners group of over 50 volunteers, who take care of the organization’s gardens from early spring to late fall.
The Gloucester Garden Tour is Generous Gardeners’ primary annual fundraiser, which began in 2013 to raise funds for flowers at the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial. The tour takes place in a different part of Gloucester each year, where generous garden owners open their private spaces to the public for one day to benefit all the public gardens in Gloucester. In past years, the Gloucester Garden Tour has been held in Annisquam Village, the historic neighborhood of Magnolia, and Lanesville neighborhood, just to name a few locations. This year, the tour was held on Saturday, July 6th in the Good Harbor Beach Back Shore neighborhood, and featured hidden backyard gardens and beautiful ocean vistas. The Institution for Savings, through its Main Street Rockport Charitable Foundation, donated $1,000 to Generous Gardeners as a platinum sponsor for the tour.
For more information on donating, volunteering, or attending the Gloucester Garden Tour, visit the Generous Gardeners website here.