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PeoplesBank Again Named a Top Corporate Charitable Contributor

HOLYOKE — PeoplesBank was honored by the Boston Business Journal with a “Top Corporate Charitable Contributor” award for the eighth time in a row. The bank was recognized along with other recipients at the publication’s annual Corporate Citizenship Summit on Sept. 17 at the Westin Waterfront hotel. The award was accepted by Janice Mazzallo, executive vice president and chief Human Resources officer, on behalf of the bank’s more than 260 associates.

“By highlighting those in industry who go above and beyond, the Boston Business Journal provides a benchmark for others to strive for, and a forum in which to have the discourse needed for all of us to continue improving,” said Gale Murray, the magazine’s publisher.

According to Susan Wilson, first vice president of Corporate Responsibility at PeoplesBank, “through our Community Care Program, we have contributed more than $6.5 million dollars in recent years to local nonprofit organizations that provide services to the residents of Hampden and Hampshire counties. Our bank associates are committed to the community through their own generosity as well. They enthusiastically volunteer their time to help local schools, teach financial-education classes, clean up parks, plant trees, and help revitalize neighborhoods.”

Wilson added that the bank’s charitable-giving program focuses on academic excellence, community vibrancy, and environmental sustainability. She also noted that PeoplesBank associates devote an average of 6,000 hours to volunteer work each year, and 48 of the bank’s officers serve on the boards of directors and committees of 115 area nonprofit organizations.

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