The United Way of Tri-County honored bankHometown with the Good Neighbor Award on Thursday, April 6th in Framingham. The Good Neighbor Award was created to thank and honor local businesses, their leadership and employees who together make an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life within their communities, as well as inspiring others to take action.
“We are truly grateful that bankHometown has taken a leadership role and made a commitment to raise funds and awareness for the many United Way of Tri-County programs and services in our local neighborhoods,” said Paul Mina, President and CEO of United Way Tri-County. “From feeding hungry families, to preparing children to enter kindergarten ready for success, to ensuring no one is alone in times of crisis, your support has helped to improve lives of others.”
Jo-Ann Bussiere, Manager of the South Lancaster branch, was at the ceremony to accept the award on the bank’s behalf. “It was so inspiring, to see volunteers of all ages making a difference in our communities through their volunteer work. It shows that at any age, one can have passion and drive to better our local neighborhoods,” said Bussiere.
Guests receiving awards from United Way of Tri-County were invited to the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham for an award ceremony, followed by a catered breakfast.
OXFORD, MA: Michael D. Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced the bank has donated $250,000 to The Friends of Chester C. Corbin Library towards the Capital Campaign to build the new Webster Public Library. Hewitt stated, “We are excited about this opportunity to support the Webster community in which we have been an integral part since our founding in 1889. As a community bank we strive to support the communities we serve and this is a great investment in the future of Webster and the surrounding communities.”
Thomas Klebart, President of Friends of Chester C. Corbin Library said, “I am delighted to be able to thank bankHometown for the significant donation made to the Friends of the Library. Your gift will allow us to help the town pay for the construction of the new library and to create an endowment to provide funds for future library programs.”
Paul LaFramboise, Vice President of Friends of the Chester C. Corbin Library, added “I don’t think you can measure the impact a donation like this will have on our community. I find it so impressive that a bank has not lost sight of the importance of a community library. From its founding here in Webster, bankHometown really is a hometown bank and
a great part of our town.”
This contribution is particularly meaningful to the bank as bankHometown, a mutual bank chartered in 1889,opened its first office in Webster, MA under its original name, Webster Cooperative Bank. For more than a century it operated as a small one-branch bank and in 1997 changed the name to Hometown Bank. Soon, branches in Oxford and Sturbridge were added. In 2011, bankHometown acquired Athol-Clinton Cooperative Bank thereby expanding its presence into Athol and South Lancaster followed by second branch in Webster and new branches in Auburn and Leominster. And most recently bankHometown acquired CNB thereby expanding the branch network south, down the 395 corridor, with 5 branches in Connecticut.
Sam Pappas, Chairman of the Board for bankHometown said, “bankHometown has its roots in Webster and there is no better way to show our appreciation for the community support we have received over the years. Now it is our turn to provide support for the library which will educate people and support democracy by providing our community with the
tools and access to explore and make informed decisions. I truly believe that the library will strengthen neighborhoods and champion the cultural lives of our community which are big responsibilities, and bankHometown prides itself on being part of this important community process. I, and the entire Board of Directors, feel strongly that a library is essential in building a community with long term prosperity and sustainability.”
The new library will better meet the needs of the community and will contribute to the revitalization of downtown Webster. The improved space layout will be more functional for the numerous current programs as well as enable the library to add new services and programs such as school and library coordinated activities for children and job readiness classes for adults. The Friends of the Library will recognize this generous gift with the dedication and naming of the bankHometown Lobby in the new library.
OXFORD, MA: Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced “We are pleased to announce the promotions of our Hometown team members listed below. We are proud of their performance and accomplishments.”
He added, “Hometown is a community bank with a focus on providing the best customer service and truly caring about the communities we serve. All of the individuals below have earned recognition of execution of that charge and we look forward to many more years of their exemplary service.”
Norma Collins was promoted to Senior Vice President Operations. Collins joined Hometown Bank in 1987 as a teller. She was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 1992 and has held the position of BSA Officer since 1999. Collins was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2008 and Senior Vice President in 2016. She recently celebrated 30 years with the bank. Collins resides in Webster.
Susan Collins has been promoted to Hometown Bank’s Cash Management Officer. Collins joined Hometown Bank in 2000 as a teller. She has worked as a Head Teller, a Customer Service Representative and an Assistant Manager. Collins attends Bay Path University. She is a board member of the Central MA Chamber of Commerce and has been Secretary/Treasurer for Business Networking International. Collins lives in Webster with her husband and children.
Matthew LaFlamme has been promoted to Branch Manager of Hometown Banks’ Killingly Office. LaFlamme has been with Hometown Bank since 2015 as an Assistant Branch manager. He was promoted to Branch Supervisor in June of 2016. LaFlamme is currently working towards his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He is an active volunteer for many organizations. LaFlamme resides in Chaplin, CT.
Jo-Ann Bussiere was recently hired as a Branch Manager of Hometown Bank’s South Lancaster Office. Bussiere has many years of experience in the banking industry, as a Branch Manager. She attended Monroe Community College and is a Board Member of Youth Ministry for St. Isadore and St. Elizabeth. Bussiere resides in Stow, Ma.
bankHometown is a full-service community bank with 13 offices in Central MA and Northern CT.
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