Monson, MA – In the spirit of their 150th Anniversary, Monson Savings Bank launched their 150 Build-a-Bike campaign this year, with more than $20,000 worth of bikes being purchased and donated to local children. The Bank continues to partner with various Western Massachusetts non-profits to host Build-a-Bike events throughout the year. Most recently, Monson Savings team members visited the Springfield Housing Authority with non-profit, I Found Light Against all Odds, to build bikes for local children.
Lynne Cimino, Springfield Housing Authority’s Robinson Garden Outreach Coordinator, expressed her gratitude for Monson Savings Bank and I Found a Light Against all Odds, commending their commitment to helping kids in the community.
“We are so grateful to Monson Savings and I Found Light Against All Odds for putting on this event,” said Robinson Garden Outreach Coordinator, Lynne Cimino. “I look forward to seeing the kids enjoying some carefree time riding their very own bicycle around the neighborhood. This event will have a lasting positive impact on them.”
Members of the Monson Savings Bank team helped the children assemble their new bikes with Ray Plouffe, owner of Family Bike Shop in East Longmeadow. Many members of the Monson Savings team expressed feelings of gratitude at the end of the evening.
“All of us were really looking forward to coming together for this Build-a-Bike event. Our team had a great time getting to know the children in the neighborhood and building bikes with them,” said Dan Moriarty, President and CEO of Monson Savings Bank. “It was wonderful to see the excitement and joy this brought to everyone involved, but especially the children riding their new bikes.”
Stefan Davis, CEO and President of I Found Light Against All Odds, was thankful to both Monson Savings Bank and the Springfield Housing Authority for their assistance in coordinating this Build-a-Bike event.
“Putting a smile on a child’s face is one of the most fulfilling feelings for me and tonight I saw many smiling children,” said Stefan Davis, CEO and President of I Found Light Against All Odds. “I am thankful for the partnership that we have with Monson Savings Bank and Springfield Housing Authority. Monson Savings Bank brought us all together for this great event that gave us an opportunity to make a difference for these children.”
Throughout the summer, Monson Savings Bank will also partner with the South End Community Center and Educare Springfield to host more 150 Build-a-Bike events, continuing to spread happiness to children and families throughout the Springfield community.
To learn more about Monson Savings Bank’s 150th Anniversary, the Bank’s historical timeline, and to view a full schedule of events visit www.monsonsavings.bank/anniversary
To learn more about I Found Light Against All Odds visit www.ifoundlight.com
To learn more about the Springfield Housing Authority visit springfieldhousingauthority.org
About Monson Savings Bank
Incorporated as a mutually chartered community bank in 1872, Monson Savings Bank has one of the longest tenure of service and stability in its market. Civic leaders chartered the bank with the intent to give working men and women the opportunity to save, which – incredibly, they could not do prior to the bank’s inception. Today, Monson Savings Bank retains its legacy of empowerment through savings, but has expanded to serve its customers with a variety of innovative financial services, including digital banking, online mortgage applications and business banking, and commercial lending. The bank has expanded on its promise of “where people save, businesses prosper, and communities benefit” by opening offices in Hampden, Wilbraham, Ware, and most recently East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The bank also opened a retail and business Loan & Operations Center in Wilbraham in 2020. Member FDIC, Member DIF, Equal Housing Lender.