Chicopee Savings Grant
Indian Orchard – the Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation announced their support of the Community Survival Center with a $6,000 pledge commitment to be provided over the next three years. The funds will help the Center to sustain its programs to low-income, Hampden County seniors, receiving bagged groceries each month.
Mary Cassidy, Executive Director of the Center, said, “The Center’s long-time funding sources have been dwindling over the past several years and we have been faced with reaching out to organizations, like Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, for funding to sustain our emergency food services."
“We couldn’t be more pleased to provide our support to the Community Survival Center’s ‘Senior Outreach Emergency Food Program’ to assist them in their mission of providing such an invaluable resource to our senior citizens,” said Bill Wagner, Foundation President. “Since 2006, the Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation has been providing its support to organizations that enrich the quality of life within the 20 communities served by our Foundation, and this Center has been doing just that by helping thousands of people in need fight hunger for the past several decades.”
The Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation was established and funded in 2006 through a gift of stock, valued then at $5.5 million, from Chicopee Bancorp, Inc., upon the successful conversion of Legacy Chicopee Savings Bank to a publicly traded company. The Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation is a private 501c3 foundation that grants funding to qualified 501c3 organizations serving 20 cities and towns within the Hampshire and Hampden County area.
The Community Survival Center also operates a thrift shop whose sales help support the food programs. The Clothing and Household Goods program allows the purchase of items by the bag. Items include household essentials like dishes, sheets, and blankets, as well as clothing.