(Ware) – February 5, 2021 – Country Bank, a full-service financial institution serving central and western Massachusetts, announced a $25,000 donation to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC) to support various programs to help local communities in the region.
A portion of the donation will be used towards a matching grant for a senior citizen outreach program. This project was funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development, Massachusetts CDBG Program. Projects are developed and administered by the local officials with the assistance of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC). Services for the outreach program include grocery shopping and prescription pick-ups for low-income seniors in Ware, Hardwick, Belchertown, and Warren. “At highest risk are seniors with underlying medical conditions and a population who has been urged to shelter in place if possible. These two factors have significantly impacted their ability to get out safely to meet their everyday needs. The deliveries allow them to remain safely at home while addressing their critical needs,” stated Shelley Regin, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Country Bank.
The QVCDC also offers various programs to assist businesses in the region with navigating these unchartered times. One of the latest programs includes companies with up to five employees that could be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in grant funding through a Microenterprise Assistance Grant.
“Thank you for the generous donation from Country Bank to support the activities of Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation. This donation represents Country Bank’s continued investment in the economic growth and stability of the Quaboag Region. It will help provide matching funding for initiatives to support the needs of our community, including the Senior Outreach Program, the rural transportation initiative, and work with microenterprises impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic,” stated Sheila Cuddy, Executive Director of the QVCDC.
To learn more about the various support programs the QVCDC offers, visit www.QVCDC.org.
About Country Bank
Country Bank is a full-service mutual community bank serving central and western Massachusetts with 14 offices in Ware, Palmer, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Leicester, Paxton, Charlton and Worcester. Country Bank is a member of FDIC, DIF and the SUM network. Country Bank can be reached at 800-322-8233 or online at countrybank.com.