BSB Charitable Foundation Donates to Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund

BSB Charitable Foundation Donates to Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund

March 30, 2017

Raynham, MASSACHUSETTS, March, 30, 2017. Bridgewater Savings announced that its Charitable Foundation has made a donation of $2,500 to the Massasoit Foundation to support the Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund.

The Massasoit Community College Homeless Student Emergency Fund was established in December 2015 with a donation from a faculty member. At that time, in keeping with the recommendations of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Massasoit designated a Single Point of Contact to help our homeless students by making quick connections and referrals to resources and support services at the college and in the community. Massasoit’s Single Point of Contact is Patty Lynch, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, , extension 1018, Room SC1883.

In the fall 2016 semester, the fund provided 432 Massasoit cafeteria vouchers worth $10, 31 31-day BAT bus passes, 5 bags of personal grooming supplies, and 11 referrals to support services both within and outside the College. All students who sought assistance were introduced to the Massasoit food pantry. Additionally, the food pantry has reported 119 visitors since the start of the academic year.

Bridgewater Savings is active in supporting the community. “We believe in giving back to the community and being able to help students and families that are struggling is very important to us,” said Peter Dello Russo, President and CEO of Bridgewater Savings. “We are proud to service the financial needs of the people in our communities, but to also play a role in offering support to students that are enduring hardships means a lot to all of us here at the Bank.”

A 2016 Massachusetts Department of Higher Education survey revealed that 45% of Massachusetts public colleges have experienced an increase in student homelessness, and 25 out of 29 campuses reported operating food pantries or mobile food markets for students facing food insecurity. Massasoit is among the 88% of public campuses offering community resource referrals and the more than 50% of campuses offering food vouchers and drives to assist students who face food insecurity.

About Bridgewater Savings Bank:

The Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation was established in 2003. Bridgewater Savings is a full service financial institution offering commercial, consumer and residential loans as well as business and personal banking. Please visit or call 508.884.3300 for additional information. Bridgewater Savings is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a member of the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). Bridgewater Savings is an Equal Housing Lender.

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