(Ware/Springfield) February 3, 2021 – Country Bank, a full-service financial institution serving central and western Massachusetts, proudly reported donations and sponsorships for 2020, totaling $1.3 million. Through the bank’s philanthropic efforts, it provided support to local non-profits throughout the communities it serves; in 2020, more than 400 of these organizations received generous donations.
The pandemic has left businesses and individuals facing continued looming uncertainties. Many non-profits struggled from the economic fallout, and they looked to community partners like Country Bank for assistance. Country Bank donated over $500,000 to area hospitals and first responder housing efforts to provide the financial and tangible emergency resources needed to support their mission during the pandemic.
“We are so grateful to Country Bank for its most generous support and appreciate its continued partnership during this unprecedented time. This gift will directly support resources needed at Baystate Health as we continue to address the care our community needs as we face this worldwide pandemic,” stated Scott Berg, Vice President of Philanthropy, Baystate Health, and Executive Director, Baystate Health Foundation.
Other organizations receiving support included the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation, Christina’s House, The Springfield Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House, and Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
Recognizing the importance and overwhelming need to help organizations that address hunger, Country Bank provided monetary donations to food programs throughout the region that exceeded $100,000. The recipients of these funds included Friends of the Homeless, Rachel’s Table, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and many local food pantries.
“As a community partner, we care deeply about the sustainability of our communities. As such, and in recognizing the burdens that our communities have experienced throughout this year, we were honored to offer support during what has been the most stressful time in our history. Supporting and enriching our communities is not only a part of our mission; it’s simply who we are as an organization,” stated Paul Scully, President and CEO of Country Bank.
2021 will continue to provide challenges to the non-profit sector, and they will once again rely heavily on their community bank partners to help them with their mission to help those they serve. Community banks are a critical resource and will be called upon to continue with much needed additional assistance in 2021.
To learn more about Country Bank’s charitable giving program, visit www.countrybank.com/about-us.
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.