Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

WESTFIELD BANK FUTURE FUND AWARDS $10,000 GRANT TO FRIENDS OF THE SOLDIERS’ HOME, INC. IN HOLYOKE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Cathy Jocelyn, Vice President of Marketing
(413) 572-4224 / cjocelyn@westfieldbank.com

James C. Hagan, President of Westfield Bank, recently presented a $10,000 Future Fund grant to Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke President Cindy Watson (right) and Treasurer Belinda Hickman (left). The Grant will help fund the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke’s Quality of Life Program, which provides stimulating social, educational, and recreational activities and events for the 271 elderly veterans who reside at the Home.

Westfield, MA—Westfield Bank is pleased to announce that The Future Fund, the Bank’s corporate philanthropy program, has awarded a $10,000 grant to Friends of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Inc., in order to help fund the Quality of Life Program at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. The grant was presented on August 7, 2019 to Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke President Cindy Watson and Treasurer Belinda Hickman by Westfield Bank President and CEO James C. Hagan in a ceremony at Westfield Bank’s main office in Westfield, Massachusetts.

The Quality of Life Program was established to “provide a seven-day a week schedule of stable, stimulating activities and programs as a senior service specially designed to meet the interests, needs, and abilities of the 271 elderly veterans at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke,” according to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke organization. The program provides opportunities to engage in exercise, social interaction, educational activities, recreation, and spiritual and intellectual pursuits that promote physical, mental, and emotional health while building community. Activities, all of which are held at or originate from the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, include celebratory events, shopping trips, family events, hobby opportunities, musical performances, sports, literary events, religious support, and more.

According to Westfield Bank’s James C. Hagan, the Future Fund is honored to support the Quality of Life Program. “The men and women who participate in this program have all served our country,” said Hagan, “and they have made communities across Hampden County, Hampshire County, and surrounding areas proud, both in war and in peacetime. They deserve support here and now. This grant helps the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke provide that ongoing support, adding a source of revenue that will not only allow them to maintain services at their current level, but respond to the growing needs of residents.”

The Future Fund awards nearly $300,000 in grants each year to qualifying organizations whose applications are accepted. In addition to grants from The Future Fund, Westfield Bank typically contributes more than $200,000 in general donations annually, totaling more than half a million dollars in charitable contributions each year.

Westfield Bank established The Future Fund in 2002 in response to pressing community needs and shrinking sources of corporate philanthropy. The Future Fund’s primary funding priority is educational, recreational, cultural, and social service programs and projects. The Future Fund accepts written applications from organizations with 501c3 status that serve Westfield Bank’s market area, with grants awarded by determination of the Fund’s directors.

About Westfield Bank
Founded in 1853, Westfield Bank is a federally chartered thrift that is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The Bank has twenty-two full-service offices in Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Holyoke, Ludlow, South Hadley, Southwick, Springfield, Ware, Westfield, and West Springfield, Massachusetts; and Enfield and Granby, Connecticut.

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