Eliminate the clutter – eBills Are Coming on April 1st!

Effective April 1, 2015, Hometown Bank loan customers (mortgage, home equity, consumer, commercial, etc.) may receive their monthly loan payment notices, or eBills, electronically in place of paper statements sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

Hometown Bank customers who are already signed up to receive eSatements online, will be automatically enrolled to receive  monthly loan payment notices, or eBills online the next time they log in to view their eStatement on or after April 1, so long as their loan accounts appear in their online account.

Loan customers who have not yet created an online banking account, but would like to receive their monthly loan payment notice online, may sign up now, but first they will need to create an online banking account.

Customers who sign up between April 1 and June 30 to receive their monthly account statements and loan payment notices electronically will be automatically entered to win an iPad Mini3.

Check your April loan payment notice for full details, or drop by your local Hometown Bank office. Questions? Call our Customer Service Department at (508) 499-1846.

Community Shredder Days are Back!

Hometown Bank has scheduled another round of its popular Community Shredder Days, beginning on April 18 according to Vice President of Communication, Joe Klimavich.

On Community Shredder Days, a Shred-it truck with a built-in industrial paper shredder is parked in the bank’s parking lot for an entire morning. Local residents are encouraged to bring up to 3 boxes of confidential documents to be shred on-site as they look on.

The first Community Shredder Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18 at the newest Hometown Bank office at 9 Sack Boulevard, in Leominster. A second Community Shredder Day will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the bank’s offices at 4 Gore Road, in Webster. On May 2, a Shred-it truck will be at the Auburn office located in the Heritage Plaza at 569 Southbridge Street on 9 a.m. to noon in conjunction with the Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s annual town-wide cleanup day.

“Identity theft is a growing concern,” said Klimavich, “so we want to do what we can to assist local residents in properly shredding and disposing of the kinds of confidential documents that can accumulate around the house in a safe and permanent way.”

Hometown Bank Community Shredder Days are open to all residents of local communities as a public service. You do not need to be a Hometown Bank customer to participate.

Hometown Bank is a $400 million mutual bank with offices in Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, South Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster.

Hometown Bank Promotes Three

OXFORD, MA – Hometown Bank has announced the following promotions:

Jennifer Laffond has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Collection according to President and CEO, Michael D. Hewitt. Laffond began her banking career with the former Athol-Clinton Co-operative Bank (ACCB) in 2000 and has served in a variety of positions, including ATM/debit coordinator, customer service representative and bookkeeper. When ACCB merged with Hometown Bank in 2011, she was appointed collection administrator and, in 2012, she was promoted to collection manager.

“Hometown Bank is very fortunate to have Jennifer on staff,” says Hewitt. “Her professional demeanor and the empathy that she demonstrates in the day to day management of the collections and loan modification process results in better relationships between the bank and our customers.”

Ms. Laffond and her family reside in Athol, where she volunteers as secretary for the Mahar Regional Middle and High Schools parents group. Her other activities include running, cycling, soccer and deck hockey.

Susan Collins has been promoted to Branch Manager of Hometown Bank’s Sturbridge office. Collins joined the bank as a teller in the Webster office in 2000 and has served in a variety of positions, including head teller and customer service representative. She has served as assistant manager of the Oxford office since 2012.

Ms. Collins has twice been recognized by Hometown Bank for her efforts in providing superior customer service. She and her family reside in Webster, where she is a member of the Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce.

Sabrina Grillo has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager of Hometown Bank’s Oxford office. Grillo joined Hometown Bank as a teller in the Sturbridge office in 2009, and in 2011, she was also appointed levy coordinator. She was recently selected to be the 2015 participant in Hometown 360, the bank’s employee development program, and she has twice been recognized for providing superior service to Hometown Bank customers. A frequent participant in the United Way of Sturbridge, Southbridge and Charlton’s annual Day of Caring program, Ms. Grillo resides in Southbridge.