We’ve happily greeted spring and the cold is finally departing. In this new season, our commercial and mortgage rates remain low. We always strive to offer competitive rates and superior services, and we credit our continued growth to this commitment. In light of this growth, Bridgewater Financial Advisors will be moving into our Main Office at 756 Orchard Street in Raynham, MA on May 10th. This move will allow the Trust Services Department to continue expanding and also increase the availability and accessibility of our professionals.
I am pleased to report that our employees have logged 294 community service hours within the first six months of our fiscal year. Engaging in our community is important to us, and it is our goal to continually increase our impact.
Coming up, we will support the Jimmy Fund with a Dress Down Day in honor of the Red Sox home opener on April 9th. Later in the month, our team will send volunteers to the Special Olympics Swim Meet again this year on April 28th at Bridgewater State University. Additionally, the 17th Annual Golf Classic is scheduled for June 10th at LeBaron Hills in Lakeville. Volunteering at these events is a welcomed tradition at BSB.
BSB will also be participating in the Credit for Life Fairs at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Brockton High School, and Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School. At the events, students will be given hypothetical jobs and salaries, then they will be tasked with choosing what life expenses they can afford. This role-playing activity will help students recognize the importance of anticipating post-graduation financial situations.
Zelle® is officially here! We have implemented this innovative person-to-person payment service into our suite of digital services to add more convenience to your everyday life. While People Pay has been discontinued, Zelle® provides the same conveniences as well as noteworthy differences like immediate payment receipt and direct payment to the recipient’s bank account. Zelle® is accessible through the Bridgewater Savings Bank mobile app.
On May 7th, the theme of our “Breakfast with Your Banker” workshop will be the Jobs Act and how it affects your business. Our previous workshop addressed what to anticipate before the law was in effect, and now we will discuss its implementation and advise on how to keep your business running successfully.
In June, we will be hosting a joint business after-hours event with the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to coming together with these organizations and the community.
As 2019 continues, we look forward to assisting you in your endeavors no matter what opportunities or obstacles are ahead. Thank you for your continued support.
Peter Dello Russo, President and CEO