North Shore Bank recently presented the Merrimac Council on Aging with a $3,500 contribution to help defray the cost of a new handicap accessible van. The Council on Aging was selected to receive a State Fiscal Year 2021 Community Transit Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. In addition to the MA DOT Grant, the Council also received generous funding from local businesses. The new eight passenger van was purchased so that the organization can provide meaningful transportation options for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Brienne Walsh, Executive Director at the Merrimac Council on Aging said of the bank’s donation:

We are so grateful to North Shore Bank for their continued support of Merrimac older adults. Their commitment to the Merrimac community means so much and we greatly appreciate such a generous donation to help fund our new van.”  She added, “The van allows us to transport Merrimac seniors to medical appointments, local destinations, grocery shopping trips, and meal delivery services to those in need. We expect to receive the delivery of our new van sometime this summer. 

Tom Sulick, Branch Manager of North Shore Bank’s Merrimac location said:

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more of the elderly in our community will be relying on organizations like the Council on Aging. Of course, with this growing demand comes an even greater need for monetary donations.” He added, “As always, they are on the front line, and the bank couldn’t be prouder to assist them at this time.

About the Merrimac Council on Aging
The mission of the Merrimac Council on Aging is to provide services designed to improve the quality of life of elders by assisting them to remain as physically mobile, mentally alert and socially active as possible. The Council on Aging advocates for elder adults, manages the resources needed to develop services, provides education for seniors and their families regarding choices in their care and community service available to them.  For more information on the Merrimac Council on Aging, visit