Westfield Bank and Customers Raise Funds
Bank Announces Benefit Dance for Hurricane Maria Relief
Westfield Bank has presented a donation for $8,000 to the Westfield Spanish American Association and the Western Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico coalition to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The funds were raised during the Bank’s “Casual for a Cause” event held earlier this month, in which employees could earn the privilege of dressing casually by contributing to the fundraiser. Bank customers were also invited to drop contributions in collection boxes located at the Bank’s 21 branch offices. Together, employees and customers donated $4,000 and Westfield Bank matched their efforts with an additional $4,000.
According to Ed Diaz, Co-founder of the Westfield Spanish American Association (WSAA) and Chairman of the Association’s Hurricane Relief Fund, the Bank’s donation will be sent directly to the United for Puerto Rico relief fund. Together, the WSAA and Western Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico (WMU4PR) form a coalition of community groups, civic and business leaders, volunteers from Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield and Chicopee, and others in Western Massachusetts working to bring relief to the people of Puerto Rico. “Over $100,000 has been raised thus far,” said Diaz, “and we have collected other items such as batteries, water, sanitary products, canned foods and radios at drop-off points at the Westfield Boys & Girls Club, the Westfield YMCA, and the Westfield School Superintendent’s Office. We have shipped over 250 boxes of goods to Puerto Rico and we thank Westfield Bank and everyone who donated to this cause and volunteered their time and talent for this effort.”
Westfield Bank President, James C. Hagan said, “Our employees and our customers have been eager to support this critical humanitarian effort. Their generosity and that of others in our region, along with the diligent work of the WSAA and Western Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico will send comfort and compassion to the people of Puerto Rico as they recover and rebuild. Westfield Bank is proud to support the WSAA and Western Mass United in this time of great need. And, I’m personally proud of Westfield Bank employees, who keep asking what more they can do and how they can help.”
Benefit Dance announced
Both Westfield Bank and the WSAA plan to continue their efforts on behalf of Hurricane Maria relief. With significant support from the WSAA and the Portuguese American Club in Chicopee, MA, a group of Westfield Bank employee volunteers is organizing a benefit dance on Saturday, December 2. The dance will be held from 6 p.m. until midnight at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange Street in Chicopee. For more details, the public is invited to visit any Westfield Bank office.