Bristol County Savings Bank awards $346K to nonprofits in R.I., Mass.

GAIL AHLERS, third from the right, executive director of The Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket, receives a grant from the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation. From left: Dennis Kelly, chairman of Bristol County Savings Bank and BCSCF chairman; Dan Sullivan, Pawtucket advisory BCSCF board member; Jack Partridge, Pawtucket advisory BCSCF board member; Patrick J. Murray Jr., BCSB president and CEO and BCSCF president; and Dennis Leahy, BCSB executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer and BCSCF treasurer. / COURTESY BRISTOL COUNTY SAVINGS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

PAWTUCKET – Bristol County Savings Bank, through its charitable foundation, recently awarded $62,760 to nine nonprofit organizations in Pawtucket and Providence, part of $346,160 worth of grants awarded this year to 43 groups in the Attleboro, Taunton, New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fall River areas.

In addition, the bank announced its foundation has now surpassed $20 million in giving since the charitable arm was established in 1996.

The Rhode Island organizations that received grants from the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation and their grant amounts are:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket received $15,000.
  • The Capital Good Fund received $10,000.
  • Books Are Wings received $7,500.
  • Children’s Friend & Service received $7,500.
  • Housing Network of Rhode Island received $7,500.
  • The Empowerment Factory received $6,000.
  • Young Voices received $5,000.
  • Junior Achievement of Rhode Island received $2,260.
  • Pawtucket Soup Kitchen received $2,000.

“Reaching $20 million in donations to hundreds of deserving nonprofits in the communities we serve is quite a milestone for the bank and our foundation and one in which we are extremely proud,” said Patrick J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of the bank and president of the foundation. “As a mutual community bank, we believe that the neighborhoods we serve are our stakeholders. This allows us to place a premium on being actively involved in the community. In fact, our mission is to support the communities by making them a better place to live and work. Through our community partnerships and volunteer activities, combined with our investments in charitable organizations [such as] the nine in Greater Pawtucket, we do our best to carry out that pursuit every day.”

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The foundation was established in 1996 as part of the bank’s 150th anniversary. The charitable giving has been focused on areas of education and literacy, economic development and housing for the low- to moderate-income population.

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