HOLDEN, Mass. — Ten employees from Bay State Savings Bank volunteered their time, talent and energy at the United Way Day of Caring with teams from the bank's branches in Holden, Auburn and Worcester repairing fences, weeding gardens, painting staircases and tidying the playground at the Gentle Circle Learning Center.
The teams joined more than 1,300 people across Central Massachusetts for the annual one-day drive in September with volunteers coming together to perform community service projects across the region.
“Everyone worked very hard, and we got it all done,” said Bay State Savings Bank President and CEO Peter Alden, who volunteered with the morning crew. “I especially enjoyed watching people problem-solve outside of their comfort zones. I know we have talented employees, who do excellent work inside of the bank, but it was really amazing to see the cooperation and determination demonstrated by this group when faced with a somewhat challenging project that wasn’t bank-related."
Alden added that, with the same conscientiousness they apply to their day jobs, the teams "identified solutions that worked, and ultimately, made life easier for the children and staff at Gentle Circle Learning Center."
"We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to make such a meaningful contribution during the United Way Day of Caring,” he said.
The center’s director, Marion Saunders, said her priority is the children, which leaves little time to attend to anything more than day-to-day upkeep.
She also expressed her gratitude to the volunteers, saying it would have taken her months to accomplish what Bay State volunteers did during the Day of Caring.