PEABODY, MA — (www.northshore-bank.com) On Fridays, customers of North Shore Bank will find their favorite bankers sporting casual attire and something a little unusual for the ordinary banker - denim jeans. That’s because at North Shore Bank, Friday is Jeans Day. In exchange for $5 each week, employees wear jeans to work while the proceeds collected are pooled together for the month and then donated to an area charity that is recommended by the employees.
Recently the Bank presented the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) with a check for $1,080 from the proceeds collected during September. The mission of the MDSC is to enhance on a continuous basis the lives of individuals with Down syndrome through the education and support of self-advocates, their families, their friends, their teachers, their health care providers, and the community as a whole.
Alyssa Campbell, a teller in North Shore Bank’s Cliftondale Square, Saugus branch recommended the MDSC as a recipient for their Jeans Day program. Campbell, whose niece was diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome said:
“MDSC has helped my family so much. They are constantly there to advocate for my niece and others with Down syndrome.” Campbell went to say, “My niece is a beautiful, happy, and healthy 16 month old who is absolutely thriving. We are grateful to all the employees at MDSC for everything they have done for us.”
Joshua Komyerov, Communications and Operations Director at MDSC stated:
“The generous contribution from North Shore Bank will help the MDSC tackle some of the most significant challenges facing our loved ones with Down syndrome today. In fact, our new strategic plan calls for us to become a critical and essential lifelong resource for anyone in the state with Down syndrome as well as their families and support networks.” Komyerov continued, “The funds from NSB's Jeans Day will help us achieve this ambitious goal! We can't say enough about Alyssa's thoughtfulness and the NSB staff's generosity to support not only Alyssa's beautiful niece, but also the 5,000 others with Down syndrome throughout the state."
About the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC), established in 1983, is a not-for-profit organization made up of parents, professionals and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Down syndrome. With 1,500 members, the MDSC is recognized by parents, educators, people with Down syndrome, health care professionals, and the community-at-large as the preeminent organization in Massachusetts for information, networking, and advocacy for and about Down syndrome.
About North Shore Bank
North Shore Bank is a full-service community bank based in Peabody, Massachusetts and serving the personal and business banking needs of the North Shore, eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Established in 1888, the bank operates out of twelve area offices, located in Beverly, Danvers, Merrimac, Middleton, Peabody, Salem, Saugus and Newton, New Hampshire.
North Shore Bank recently presented the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) with a check for $1,080; the proceeds donated by bank employees as part of their weekly “Jeans Day” program. Pictured left to right is North Shore Bank employee Alyssa Campbell, MDSC Interns Ned Reichenbach and Felicia Patti, and MDSC Executive Director Maureen Gallagher.