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Easthampton, MA Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB, announced that the Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Hampshire Regional YMCA’s Renew and Restore Project.

The grant will support projects like replacing their aging pool water filtration system, converting one restroom to a multi-purpose treatment room, energy efficient HVAC units, motion censored cameras and their Girls Leadership Development Program.

“The Hampshire Regional YMCA is very grateful for the continued support from bankESB. The most recent donation helped our Y meet a match challenge from the Amelia Peabody Foundation. We appreciate bankESB’s belief in our goal to strengthen the health of our community,” said Julie Bianco, CEO of the Hampshire Regional YMCA.

The 10,000 annual YMCA users will benefit from the improvements in the building’s air quality, water and equipment. Lowered energy costs from installing energy efficient HVAC units will allow them to use funds to provide more scholarships for their participants.

“The YMCA provides so many programs that positively impacts our community. We are proud to support the club and provide funds to support their most critical needs,” said Sosik.

Since 1880, the Hampshire Regional YMCA has been providing wellness and family services to the Hampshire County community with a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Since its inception, the Hampshire Regional YMCA has provided valuable resources to nurture the potential of individuals, families and the entire community.

bankESB, a member of the Hometown Financial Group family of banks, is headquartered in Easthampton, MA and has 11 branch offices serving the Pioneer Valley. Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, bankESB and the Easthampton Savings Bank Charitable Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Hamden and Hampshire County. 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 or to apply for funding, please visit

Hometown Financial Group, Inc. is a $2.7 billion mutual multi-bank holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts and is the parent company of bankESB, bankHometown and Abington Bank. These separate and distinct banking franchises offer a complete line of consumer and business deposit and lending products through its 30 branch offices located throughout Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For additional information about Hometown Financial Group, please visit


Pictured (L to R): Natalie Didonna, Easthampton Branch Officer at bankESB; Julie Bianco, CEO of the Hampshire Regional YMCA; and Nancy Lapointe, SVP Branch Administration at bankESB.

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