OXFORD, MA – Hometown Bank concluded its 12th annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign, an initiative to raise funds to support local food pantries, with a holiday breakfast at which checks for $3,000 were presented to each of the seven participating agencies. Bank customer and employee donations surpassed records, totaling at $10,500. Hometown Bank matched the donation for a campaign total of $21,000.

“It is heartwarming to watch neighbors come together to help those in need. Though unfortunate, hunger is a prevalent issue within our community, but these organizations are making a significant impact for the better,” stated President and CEO, Michael Hewitt.

Since Hometown Bank began Neighbors Helping Neighbors 12 years ago, a total of $101,700 has been distributed to participating food pantries. Each year, the Bank’s customers are invited to be a Hometown Hero for a $1 donation or a Hometown Superhero for a $5 donation.  The Bank also sends letters to business customers inviting their help and encouraging them to make contributions. Hometown Bank matches all donations, dollar for dollar, and splits the funds among food pantries that serve the areas surrounding each of its eight offices. Participating food pantries include Ginny’s Helping Hand, Auburn Youth & Family Services, Athol Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry, Wheat Community Services of Clinton, Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf, Southbridge Food Share and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry of Webster.

“This is an event we look forward to every year,” said Hewitt, “The need is great but agencies and donors alike are up to the challenge. Everyone here at Hometown Bank considers this collaboration with our customers to be an important expression of who we are as a community bank.”

Area businesses contributing to the 2015 Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign include:

Accord Elder Care Properties LLC
All Phase Dental Lab Service Inc.
Arland Tool & Mfg Inc
Auburn Chamber of Commerce
Balian Family Dental Inc
Big I’s Inc.
Blackstone Properties LLC
Broton Corporation
DID Realty, LLC
Double G Enterprises LLC
Dr. Antoinette D. Parvis PC
DRL Corporation
E & M Slater Street LLC
EPV Plastics Corporation
Floor Source Inc.
G R F Inc. General Rubber Fabrics
Giguere Lumber Sales Inc.
Jezierski Plumbing & Heating Inc.
JK Lake Realty, LLC
Keith J Doyle & Associates Inc.
KLMB Properties LLC
Knapik Builders Inc.
Krisko Vinyl Siding LLC
Liv Inc
M & M Excavators Co. Inc.
Mac Joly Corp
Mass Ten Enterprises, LLC
Morin Jewelers
Nordic Shield Plastics Corporation
O’Connell & O’Connell , P.C.
Oxford Class of “65”
Paradis-Givner Funeral Home
Pro Automotive LLC
Rollie’s Variety LLC
Soper’s Landscape Company
Standard Source Inc.
Stearns Electric Inc
Sturbridge Direct LLC
T & S Inc.
Tyler J M Latour
Vandi Auto Supply, Inc.
Webster Railroad Realty LLC
Woodstock Golf LLC


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

Group Picture

Photo Cutline: (back row – left to right-back row) Paul Mina (United Way of Tri-Country on behalf of WHEAT Food Pantry), Lynn Ellis, Bob Moffatt, Sally D’Arcangelo (Auburn Youth & Family Services), Ed Wentland, Richard Nolin (St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry of Webster), Lt. Michael Buzzard, Linda Seco, Carlos Seco (Athol Salvation Army Food Pantry), Catalino Alicea, Jerry LaFleche (Southbridge Food Share).

(front row – left to right) Michael D. Hewitt, President & CEO, John Kneeland, Jr., Christina St. Martin (Oxford Ecumenical Food Share) and Susan Chalifoux Zephir (Ginny’s Helping Hand).