PEABODY, MA — (www.northshore-bank.com) Visit a North Shore Bank branch on any Friday and you may be surprised to see that the usual dark suits and dresses have been replaced by denim jeans. That’s because the bank has instituted a weekly Jeans Day program whose purpose is to raise funds for local non-profits. In exchange for $5 each week, employees can wear jeans to work while the proceeds collected are pooled for the month and then donated to an area charity.
The Bank recently presented Aspire Developmental Services of Lynn with a check for $1,160 from the proceeds collected during July. Founded in 1951 as the Cerebral Palsy Council of the North Shore, Aspire’s primary mission is to provide Early Intervention for children who have, or are at risk for, developmental delays.
Tina Bohondoney, North Shore Bank Assistant Vice President and Commercial Lender, recommended Aspire as a recipient for their Jeans Day program. Bohondoney, who is also a member of Aspire’s Board of Directors, said:
“To increase its capacity, the agency purchased a building at 176 Franklin Street in Lynn. The cost of the building project was expected to be $4.3 million, about half of which came from a state grant, bank financing and the sale of their existing property.” She went on to say, “When we embarked on a capital campaign to cover the rest, I thought our North Shore Bank Jeans Day program would be the perfect vehicle to raise some money for the organization’s cause.”
Aspire has begun renovations to the former O’Keefe School building on Franklin Street in Lynn. The new facility will provide 15,000 square feet of space — tripling the space they have at their current location. The additional space will allow Aspire to double the play group opportunities for children receiving Early Intervention Services. Aspire will also increase its capacity for child care and pre-school students.
Lori Russell, acting executive director of Aspire said:
“The new building will allow us to serve more families in more modern and appropriate space. We will also be able to provide parent-child groups and parent training workshops.” She went on to say, “This contribution from the North Shore Bank employees will play a major role in bringing our new corporate office building closer to reality.”
About Aspire Developmental Services
Aspire Developmental Services, Inc. – formerly known as Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern Massachusetts – is a private non-profit health care and educational facility which provides programs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities as well as their families.
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. Since its inception in April 2015, North Shore Bank’s Jeans Day program has raised over $22K for local area non-profits.
|Pictured left to right are Tina Bohondoney, North Shore Bank Assistant Vice President, and Lori Russell, Aspire Developmental Services acting Executive Director.|