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North Shore Bank Employees Make a Jeans Day Donation to Horizons for Homeless Children

02  January 2018
North Shore Bank Employees Make a Jeans Day Donation to Horizons for Homeless Children

PEABODY, MA — ( North Shore Bank recently announced the donation of $1,800 to Horizons for Homeless Children in Lawrence. The proceeds were given by bank employees as part of their weekly “Jeans Day” program. In exchange for $5 each week, staff can wear jeans to work with the funds collected, pooled, and then donated to an area charity that is nominated by a bank employee.

Photo of North Shore Bank presenting an $1,800 donation to Horizons for Homeless Children.
Leah Schenkel (left), Playspace Program and Volunteer Manager at Horizons for Homeless Children's Northeast Region, receives the donation from Aimee Martin, Branch Manager of North Shore Bank's Merrimac Branch.

Bailey Torressi, a North Shore Bank teller, who also volunteers her time as a Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) at Horizons, recommended the organization as a recipient for their Jeans Day program.

Aimee Martine, North Shore Bank’s Merrimac Office Branch Manager said:

“In addition to the Bank’s direct financial support of the many worthwhile organizations in the community, North Shore Bank management has always encouraged its employees to participate, and work on boards and committees that help this area prosper.  It was through Bailey’s relationship with Horizons that we found this extraordinary organization.” 

According to Horizons for Homeless Children, the shelter system in Massachusetts is primarily designed for adults, with staff focused on helping them reach self-sufficiency. Often, there is less support for the extensive needs of children experiencing homelessness. With the belief that playing is essential to healthy childhood development, and that every child has the right to play, Horizons created their Playspace Program.

To make play possible for children living in shelters across Massachusetts, Horizons’ regional staff builds and maintains developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed, “kid-friendly” space and stocks them with books, toys, games, and arts materials. The Playspace provides the opportunity for children to have a safe place to play, use their imaginations, heal from trauma, and just have fun.

Leah Schenkel, Playspace Program and Volunteer Manager at Horizons for Homeless Children’s Northeast Region, stated:

“We are very grateful to North Shore Bank for selecting Horizons for Homeless Children for their Jean Day initiative. Community partners like North Shore Bank allow our Playspace Program to serve more than 1,300 children throughout Massachusetts. This donation will allow us to purchase supplies for our Playspaces including board games, puzzles, costumes, books, and all types of arts and crafts supplies.”

About Horizons for Homeless Children

The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of young homeless children living in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. To learn more about Horizons for Homeless Children visit or call 978-557-2182.

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, Newton, New Hampshire, Peabody, Salem and Saugus.

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