East Cambridge Savings Bank and our proud team of employees can think of no better way to celebrate this season of gratitude and Thanksgiving than by giving back to the communities we serve. In the last two weeks, employees have volunteered at several nonprofit organizations that are working to ensure that our neighbors have a great Thanksgiving.
On November 10, we kicked off the month by volunteering at the annual Town of Belmont Veterans Breakfast. Hosted by the Beech Street Senior Center and the Belmont Veterans’ Services Officer, this event celebrates Veterans Day and those who live in Belmont that have served our country. The Bank both purchased the breakfast and sent a team of volunteers to serve breakfast and welcome the Veterans.
Employees and Board members served a homestyle meal to senior citizens at the Cambridge Community Center Thanksgiving Senior Lunch on November 17. Located at 5 Callendar Street in Cambridge, the Center was established in 1929 and provides many services to nearby residents, including afterschool programs, programming for teens, a food pantry and free hot meals weekly to community members in need. The Bank’s Charitable Foundation has supported the Cambridge Community Center for many years.
Just steps from the Bank’s Main Office in East Cambridge, several employees helped out at the East End House on November 17 and 18, preparing Thanksgiving meals for local families in need. These bags of food included all the sides and fixings needed for a great holiday meal. 650 bags were prepared, and $32,500 worth of food will be given out as part of this annual effort.
In Chelsea, The Neighborhood Developers (TND) also prepares bags of food for nearby families to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Bank employees volunteered on November 18 to unload truckloads of food and bag the items up for distribution. The Bank also recently supported TND with a $10,000 donation.
In Somerville on November 19, one of our employees volunteered on her own time to support the Elizabeth Peabody House. Bank employee Alison Keating passed out Thanksgiving food bags to nearby residents in need. They support low-income and immigrant families in the Boston and Somerville area.
And back in Cambridge, employees on the Bank’s Community Cooks team of volunteer “chefs” prepared homestyle Thanksgiving sides and main courses on November 22 for the Cambridge Women's Center. In recent months, Bank employees have been preparing bagged lunches for the Center and made things a little extra special for the holiday.
For more photos of these volunteering efforts, please visit the Bank's Facebook page.
Wishing all of our customers, neighbors and community members a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!