Commitment to Community
WCB operates differently than many banks by placing greater emphasis on its efforts within the community.
Winchester Co-operative Bank continues its 125th Anniversary Celebration of Community with a donation targeting education. The YMCA Power Scholars Academy in Woburn was established in 2017 to assist students in Grades K-2 for whom an academic achievement gap has been identified. When School is out for the summer many youth experience learning loss due to limited or no access to books or classroom instruction. The North Suburban YMCA has partnered with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) to help fill that gap by offering a unique learning experience with a proven track record of success. WCB is proud to help sponsor this program designed to help children in the community reach their full potential.
Pictured (left to right) Coley Carden, VP, WCB; Bobbi Williams, Ex. Director Woburn YMCA; Mark Kellett, President, WCB; Aline Dallaire, Program Executive for Dept. of Child Development; Joanne M. Reese, SVP, WCB.
Winchester Co-operative Bank (WCB) is honored to participate in and sponsor events at this year’s Winchester Town Day as the Bank celebrates our 125th year of service to the local community. The day starts with the Winchester Town Day Road Race to benefit the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence (WFEE). WCB is proud to sponsor this year’s Road Race in support of WFEE’s efforts to foster innovation and excellence in the Winchester Public Schools. After the race please stop by the Bank to get your 125th Anniversary T-shirt which you are welcome to wear when visiting the Petting Zoo on the common later in the day. WCB is pleased to once again sponsor this traditional family activity.
Pictured (left to right) Mark Kellett, President, WCB; Ceci Cordeiro, Co-President of the WFEE; Heidi Driscoll, Co-President of the WFEE; and Joanne Reese, Senior Vice President, WCB.
During the 2017 holiday season, Winchester Co-operative Bank partnered with the Watertown Police Department and the Whooley Foundation, a non-profit founded in the memory of John Whooley, a Watertown Police Officer, to serve as a drop-off location for gifts to be donated to children in the surrounding communities. The Whooley Foundation mission is to ensure no child in the surrounding communities goes without the joy of opening a present during the holidays.
WCB was pleased to serve as one of the drop-off locations for the second year in a row and this year, almost 500 unwrapped gifts for children were collected. The expectations of children during the holiday season are high, and one of the greatest joys is to see a child’s face when they open a gift. WCB is pleased to be part of this worthwhile project and to be able to experience the true spirit of the season through the eyes of a child.
Pictured (left to right): Detective David Collins, Watertown PD; Christopher Irving, WCB VP – Operations; Mark Fisher, WCB Sr. VP and Chief Lending Officer; Mark Comeiro, Watertown Veterans Agent; Michel Lawn, Chief - Watertown Police Department.
On Thursday, March 22, 2018, the Winchester Cooperative Bank had a team of employees volunteer to help this most noble cause. The event, hosted by the Winchester Rotary Club, saw WCB employees, along with others from our community, package over 12,000 meals bound for Africa. Those who participated said that it was quite rewarding to be involved in such an effort; another example of our employees always willing to lend a hand to help others.
Winchester Co-operative Bank (WCB) kicks off its 125th Anniversary Celebration of Community with recognition of a local, community-focused charity. For over forty years Minuteman Senior Services has helped meet the challenges of aging, disability and caregiving, through a variety of programs and services. As both Minuteman and WCB strive to serve our community, WCB is pleased to help support this mission.
Pictured (left to right): Mark Kellett, President of WCB; Patti Dubielak, Director of Marketing for Minuteman; Kelly Magee Wright, Executive Director for Minuteman; Kara Clark, SVP/CFO for WCB; Joanne M. Reese, SVP for WCB.
WCB once again supported the “Buy-A-Bed” campaign for the Mission of Deeds. Every year, the Mission of Deeds in Reading asks participation of surrounding towns to provide beds for needy families. There are many families in our area who face difficult circumstances. Providing them a bed at a difficult time offers both help and hope when they need it the most.
Our participation in the “Buy-A-Bed” Campaign this year was a great success. In fact, it was our highest collection for this program to date! Donations from customers and staff totaled $1,386.38. The Bank has generously matched this amount, for a grand total of $2,772.76.
Winchester Cooperative would like to thank the customers, staff and so many others of our community for their support of this worthwhile project and for reminding all of us of the true meaning of charity.
Pictured (left to right): Winchester Co-Operative Bank President Mark Kellett; Paula Gross; WCB Senior V.P. Joanne Reese.
Winchester Cooperative Bank donated $5,000 to Megan’s House to support young women in recovery. Megan’s House is a comprehensive residential substance abuse treatment home for young women between the ages of 18 and 26 who struggle with addiction and other co-occurring disorders.
Pictured (left to right): Winchester Co-Operative Bank V.P. of Commercial Lending Laurie Leahy; Megan's House Foundation Executive Director Kathleen McDonald; President Tim Grover; WCB Senior V.P. Joanne Reese; and WCB President Mark Kellett.
Pictured: Deborah Ruhe, Executive Director of Just-A-Start; Coley Carden, WCB Vice President.
Pictured: Pam Hallett, Executive Director of Housing Corporation of Arlington; Coley Carden, WCB Vice President.
WCB Donates to Hurricane Relief
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought substantial destruction to Texas, Florida and the Islands; the toll of lives lost, hurting communities, and destruction of homes and businesses is widespread and still unfolding. The recovery is going to be long and hard. WCB sent generous monetary gifts to The American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Save the Children in order to aid in relief efforts.
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