Pelican Intervention Fund receiving big check

#Giving for Good

As a mutual savings bank, we have always believed in helping others in our communities. In addition to our charitable foundation, our #Giving for Good program highlights Bank’s volunteerism as well as our non-profit partners that help so many in our communities.

Every Bank employee is given 10 paid hours each year to volunteer in our communities for causes that are near and dear to them. In addition, "green teams" of Bank employees go out into the community every month  to 'pay it forward’ by bringing snacks to senior centers, delivering lunch to first responders, purchasing supplies for local schools and shelters, and more.
Community Service of Newburyport logo

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.

Community Service of Newburyport business signIn 2018 CSN relocated to a new, expanded location in the annex of St. Paul’s 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 England’s 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' Table’s 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 & 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:, call 978-465-7562 or email

2021 Donations

Fostering Care employee receiving check donation

In January, employees from our Main office presented Tara Driscoll from Fostering Care in West Newbury with a generous donation to purchase personal care items for children in their care.

DenMar Rehab  employees receiving gift bags

In February, our Rockport office employees donated Market Basket gift cards to the staff at the DenMar Health & Rehabilitation Center in Rockport. Assistant Manager Kelly Nappa presented the gift cards to Executive Director Derek Moore and his staff.

Doyon and Winthrop Elementary employees receive gift cards
In March, employees of our Ipswich office surprised the hard working staff at the Doyon and Winthrop Elementary Schools with free lunch.
Each staff member received a gift card to a local restaurant.

To the left is Doyon Elementary School Principal Sheila Halloran (middle), along with Brooke Sweeney and Shelly Gauthier from our Ipswich office.

Below is Winthrop Elementary School Principal Sheila McAdams (middle), along with Jenn Velez and Christine Allen from our Ipswich office.

Conley Pharmacy employees receiving gift bags
Also in March, employees of our Ipswich team surprised community hero Alex Doyle of Conley’s Pharmacy with a gift card to the Hart House in appreciation for his tireless efforts coordinating COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites within multiple towns in our area.

Eliot House  employees receiving gift bags
In April, employees in our Gloucester office allocated their funds to three terrific groups. Residents at the Eliot House in Gloucester (left) received gift cards, the staff at Urgent Care in Gloucester were treated to lunch and essential workers in the community received gift cards in appreciation for all that they do to help others.

Runway for Recovery employee receiving donation
In May, our Storey Avenue Newburyport team presented Runway for Recovery Founder and Executive Director Olivia Achtmeyer Boger with a generous donation to help support families of those affected by breast cancer.

Ipswich YMCA employees receiving camper backpacks
In June, employees in our Hamilton and County Road Ipswich offices donated backpacks full of supplies for the Ipswich YMCA's summer campers.

North East Educational & Development Support Center staff and members with Bank employees
In July, employees in our Rowley office donated funds to the North East Educational & Development Support (NEEDS) Center's Community Based Day Support program, which helps individuals develop their communication and socialization skills.  The funds will be used to purchase educational and recreational materials for this vital program.

In August, employees in our Lending office donated funds to two worthy organizations.

Lydias Kids representatives with Bank employees
The Lydia’s Kids Foundation is a charitable foundation in Newburyport that provides funds for children in need for short term items such as eyeglasses, clothing, snow boots or summer camp expenses that may not be satisfied by other agencies. 
One Wish Project representative with Bank employees
The One Wish Project is a nonprofit that provides a birthday cake and presents to children on their birthday that are in foster care homes and homeless shelters in Merrimack Valley. Hannah Finn, the founder of the project, started when she was 14 years old with the hopes “they remember how even a stranger like me, recognized and celebrated each of them individually and made them feel deserving of all the joys of a birthday celebration regardless of their circumstances.” Recently, she has broadened their footprint into the North Shore and Boston area. The project is truly one of a kind and with the help of her mom Claudia Mintz and many volunteers, they have been able to celebrate about 400 birthdays since the nonprofit’s start.

In September, employees in our Boxford office provided lunch to the Boxford Fire and Police departments. The Boxford office is so proud and thankful to have both the PD and FD keeping them safe. Lunch was prepared by the Boxford Community Kitchen.

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In September, employees in our Topsfield office provided lunch to the Topsfield Fire and Police departments.

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Wrapping up our September Giving for Good activities, our Middleton office employees provided a hot lunch to the members of the Middleton Fire and Police departments.

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