TAUNTON, Mass. — Mechanics Cooperative Bank, and president and CEO Joseph T. Baptista Jr., recently announced the winners of the first annual “Let’s Keep it Local! Community Grant Program!” The bank, as part of its annual 10 percent Net Income Pledge, is donating $25,000 to these local non-profit organizations who received the most votes from customers.
Thousands of customers voted through the bank’s website to voice their opinion on which local non-profit organization deserved a share of the $25,000. It was an extremely tight race right down to the finish and the winners were:
First place: Forever Paws Animal Shelter, $15,000;
Second place: Kids Kickin’ Cancer, $7,500;
Third place (tie): Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, $ 2,500;
Third place (tie): St. Vincent’s Home, $ 2,500.
Voting began in February of this year and was open to all Mechanics Cooperative Bank customers who had a loan or deposit account. Mechanics Cooperative Bank wanted as many local non-profit organizations included in the Community Grant Program as possible, so to get included on the list, each non-profit had to join on social media.
All four of the winning organizations were added to the list by posting a photo to social media and using the hashtag #LetsKeepitLocal; and then continued to promote the program and encourage support for their cause.
Baptista said, “That is what the bank was hoping to accomplish. To get people involved and talking about these great local non-profits; and to encourage and highlight the great work they do. I was impressed with the strong effort our winning organizations made through social media in support of our program and I am thrilled that their hard work paid off. I want to thank all of our customers who participated and voted, and all of the great local non-profit organizations that participated but did not win. We will continue the Let’s Keep it Local! Community Grant Program in 2016 and thank you for sharing in its success.”
Jack Weldon, executive director of St. Vincent’s Home, said, “Mechanics’ continued and sustained support of St. Vincent’s over the years speaks volumes to their commitment to the youth and families of our community. We are extremely grateful to Mechanics Cooperative Bank for its support of our mission of giving children and families in need what they need most. We are also extremely grateful that the bank created this program in support of local non-profits that desperately need additional funding. The process to be added to their list for consideration was easy and the promotion provided additional exposure for our organization and the wonderful work our employees do each and every day. A sincere thank you to Mechanics Cooperative Bank, its executive vice president and St. Vincent’s board member Deborah Grimes, and its president and CEO Joseph Baptista.
“Funds were used to purchase holiday gifts for many of the local children in our care that don’t have a family to celebrate the holidays. These funds help provide a small piece of hope and joy to children.”
FALL RIVER, Mass. — St. Vincent’s Home has received another round of funding from the Northeast Mercy Ministry Fund Council of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in the amount of $9,000. Youth in St. Vincent’s Life Skills Program will directly benefit from the grant award through assistance with transitions to independent living and young adulthood, specific school-to-work experiences, and opportunities to learn independent living skills in addition to completing their education.
St. Vincent’s youth participate in an assessment of interests to better identify strengths and weaknesses. Youth receive job coaching, career development and learn valuable employment skills at work-based learning sites throughout the community. Youth are encouraged to establish meaningful, sustained connections with supportive adults and community organizations which promote a successful transition to independent living.
St. Vincent’s board member Sister of Mercy Catherine Donovan was pleased with the grant award saying, “The mission of the Sisters of Mercy addresses the needs of those who experience life’s limitations, empowering them to achieve lives of dignity. It is only fitting that the Northeast Mercy Ministry Fund Council would fund St. Vincent’s Life Skills program.”
The Northeast Mercy Ministry Fund Council funding will provide youth with vocational stipends for work completed at work-based learning sites throughout the community.