Giving for Good at Salisbury Boys and Girls Club

#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.

Check out this short video highlighting #Giving for Good and our generous charitable giving!
 
Boys Girls Club Lower Merrimack Valley

The Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley provides important resources for the youth in our communities and has become a critical resource for local families, providing a safe, affordable and nourishing ‘home away from home’ for children and teens.  Its mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

The Club promotes the social, educational, health, leadership, and character development of boys and girls during critical periods of their growth and does so in a big way. They have become the largest youth serving organization in the Lower Merrimack Valley with over 3,000 members serving Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury, Seabrook, N.H. and Hampton, N.H. The Club offers programs in five core program areas; arts; health and life skills; character and leadership development; education and career development; and sports, fitness and recreation.

The Institution for Savings has been a long-time supporter of and partner with the Club, most recently donating $100,000 to its capital campaign. Volunteers and assistance are always welcome!  For more information, visit their website:  bgclmv.org, call 978-462-7003 or email Kathy Webber at kwebber@bgclmv.org.



















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.

Boxford Fire department with Bank employeesBoxford Police with Bank employees

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

topsfield police departmenttopsfield fire department

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.

middleton fire departmentmiddleton police department

In October, employees from the Amesbury office chose two great organizations to support.

amesbury council on aging donation
The first donation to the Amesbury Council on Aging funded the bagged lunch program for Seniors for the remainder of the year.

James place in Amesbury donation
James Place provides before and after school care for children in kindergarten through age 13 in the Amesbury community. Funds will be distributed in the form of scholarships for families experiencing hardships.

In November, employees from our Salisbury office presented the staff at the Salisbury Senior Center's new food pantry, Joanne's Market, with 60 Market Basket $25 gift cards to be distributed to those in need.
Salisbury Senior Center food pantry




In December, our Salem office donated personal care items to the Healing Abuse Working for Change(HAWC) organization in Salem.  HAWC provides services to victims of domestic violence residing on the North Shore.
Healing Abuse Working for Change nonprofit in Salem

In December, the Beverly office donated funds to Express Yourself, an inspiring organization that provides creative arts programs for the youth in the Beverly area.
Express Yourself youth program in Beverly



2022 Donations


rowley senior center gift bag donation

In January, our Rowley office and commercial lending department assembled grab & go bags for the Rowley Senior Center. The bags, which included an assortment of treats, personal care items and activities, were distributed to Rowley seniors.


Habitat for Humanity family donation

In February, Residential Lending office employees surprised families in the Habitat for Humanity program with drawstring backpacks for the children filled with all kinds of fun items and a gift card to a local sporting goods store.






Rest Stop Ranch donation
In March, employees from the Topsfied, Boxford and Middleton offices presented Rest-Stop-Ranch in Topsfield with a donation to fund wheelchair accessible healing gardens which help provide a place for respite, peace and tranquility to those with Dementia, Alzheimer’s or other illnesses.

amesbury public schools teacher appreciation lunch
In April, the Amesbury office partnered with the Amesbury Educational Foundation Inc. and hosted a teacher appreciation day at all five Amesbury public schools.


In May, a crowd of cheering youngsters greeted our Giving for Good crew when they visited the Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley in Salisbury to deliver two truck loads of sporting goods for their summer programs. An ample supply of fun was unloaded, including two full-size soccer goals, an assortment of playground balls, lawn games, slip ‘n slides, frisbees and more!

presenting donation to NAGLY
In June, the Beverly and Salem offices donated to NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ+ Youth). NAGLY has daily programs/events centered around fostering children’s individual identities and teach them skills on how to remain safe and healthy through a variety of programs including leadership training, a program with the North Shore Rape Crisis Center, tutoring, fitness, game nights, health clinics, counseling and more. The offices donated about $300 in snacks to feed the children while at these programs. The remaining funds were a monetary donation.

presenting check to NYS
In July, our Main Office employees presented Newburyport Youth Services (NYS) with a donation to help launch the NYS Family Club.  NYS is a municipal department founded 16 years ago with the mission to create quality programs, events, and services for Greater Newburyport Area youth and families in safe and supportive environments that encourage growth, self-exploration, empowerment and community. The funds will be used to sponsor future events and speakers hosted by the NYS Family Club.