For the fifth year in a row, Monson Savings Bank asked the community to help plan the bank's community-giving activities by inviting people to vote for the organizations they would like the bank to support during 2015.
"We received an incredible 4,356 votes for more than 200 different organizations doing community service work in Monson, Hampden, Wilbraham, and Ware," said Steve Lowell, president of Monson Savings Bank. "We were thrilled to hear from so many people. It really shows that we live in a community of concerned and committed citizens, and that feels great."
The top vote getters are the Monson Lions Club, Shriners Hospital for Children, Link to Libraries, River East School-to-Career, the Western MA Council of Boy Scouts of America, Monson Bellman, Scantic Valley YMCA, Wilbraham United Players, Friends of Hampden Senior Citizens, and Monson Free Library.
The organizations have been notified of the good news and will be receiving checks from the bank in the next few weeks. According to Lowell, "3,400 more votes were cast and 140 more organizations were involved in the voting than last year. That reinforces our decision to reach out to ask people for their input. We think that's part of being a community bank."