WARE — Country Bank’s Employee Charitable Giving (ECG) program recently donated more than $40,000 to two causes, raising more than $30,000 to support the Jimmy Fund in April and giving $10,000 to the Easter Seals “Walk with Me” program held at Elm Park in Worcester on May 13.
Employees donated raffle baskets, paid to wear jeans on casual Fridays, and joined the online fund-raising team to support the Jimmy Fund, along with a matching donation from Country Bank.
“I am in awe of the commitment from the team at Country Bank and their support of this great charity year after year,” said Bonnie Trudeau-Wood, chair of the Employee Charitable Giving Program and Jimmy Fund coach for Country Bank. “We are very proud to be the coaches for this team and know that our efforts make a difference. We really hit a grand slam this year.”
The Easter Seals donation was boosted by a whoopie-pie auction. Denise Walker, senior vice president of Retail Lending, donated a batch of whoopie pies to the highest bidder, which raised $3,102. Additional donations came from casual Fridays, direct donations from the staff, and Country Bank’s matching program, along with being a walk sponsor.
“As a proud supporter of Easter Seals, I am so grateful that our staff supports such exceptional organizations,” said Alison Shilinsky, senior vice president of Human Resources. “While attending the Easter Seals ‘Walk with Me’ event on May 13, we were fortunate to have witnessed the impact Easter Seals has on the Worcester community and on the individuals who benefit from their services.”