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Easthampton, Massachusetts – Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB, announced that the bank recently donated $61,000 to the United Way of Hampshire County. The bank directly pledged $25,000, while the bank’s employees contributed another $36,000 of their own funds in support of the United Way’s workplace campaign.  That campaign provides employees with the opportunity to donate and direct funds, volunteer time, and advocate for causes that are most important to them.

Since 2010, the bank and its employees have donated more than $210,000 to the United Way of Hampshire County, which has been a leader in community giving for nearly a century. Through its Community Investment program, the organization awards more than $700,000 in multi-year grants annually to local health and social services programs that focus on children, youth, and their families; health and safety; and economic security.

“United Way has been instrumental in helping improve the quality of life for individuals in our communities,” said Sosik. “bankESB and our employees are proud to support the organization because, together, we are doing more.”

In the Photo

Left to Right – Back Row: Gilbert Ehmke, Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer, bankESB; Ryan Leap, Executive Vice President of Commercial Lending, bankESB; John Bidwell, Executive Director, United Way of Hampshire County; Matthew Sosik, President and CEO, bankESB; James Hayden, Executive Director, bankESB; and Mark Klepacki, Executive Director, bankESB.

Left to Right – Front Row: Jeff Harness, member of the Board of Directors, United Way of Hampshire County; Anne Howland, Executive Assistant, bankESB; Dena Hall, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, bankESB; Anthony Villani, Executive Director, bankESB; and Maria Carlson, Development Manager, United Way of Hampshire County.

About bankESB

Founded in 1869 as Easthampton Savings Bank, bankESB is headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and operates 11 branches throughout western Massachusetts. Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, bankESB and the Easthampton Savings Bank Charitable Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties. In 2018, the bank and foundation donated more than $300,000 to 150 organizations. In the last five years, the program has donated more than $1.1 million. For more information, visit

bankESB is a member of the Hometown Financial Group, a $3 billion mutual multi-bank holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and the parent company of bankESB, bankHometown, and Abington Bank. For more information visit

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