EASTHAMPTON — bankESB recently donated $5,000 to the Hampshire Regional YMCA to help fund continued wellness programming and family services in Hampshire County. This brings the bank’s total contributions to the organization over the past two years to more than $20,000.
The Hampshire Regional YMCA aims to strengthen the community by fostering healthy living, the development of young people, social connection, and responsibility in a welcoming environment for all. Each year, it serves more than 10,000 people through membership and programs. The funds donated by bankESB will provide scholarships to camp, childcare, and other programs for those who otherwise would not be able to attend.
“We greatly appreciate bankESB’s partnership, which helps us to expand our reach and impact to those in need,” said Julia Bianco, CEO of the Hampshire Regional YMCA. “Participants utilize these scholarships for a variety of programs, including providing care for their children while at work or in school, participating in a Parkinson’s program to help quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s, attending our Livestrong at the Y cancer-survivorship program, and much more. Without the help of community organizations like bankESB, our YMCA would not be able to offer these life enhancing opportunities to all.”
The donation was made as part of bankESB’s charitable giving program, the Giving Tree, which reflects the roots the bank has in its communities, its commitment to making a real difference in the neighborhoods it serves, and the belief that everyone’s quality of life is enhanced when organizations work together to solve their communities’ biggest problems.
“The Hampshire Regional YMCA provides such important programs that are vital to the health and well-being of those in our community,” bankESB President and CEO Matthew Sosik said. “We are proud to support them as they continue to foster a welcoming environment for community members to unlock their health and wellness potential.”