October 28, 2013


Dear Chamber Member:


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. Each year at this time, Hometown Bank uses its resources to raise funds and call attention to the good work being done by a number of local food pantries that serve the residents of the communities in which the bank has offices.


Through the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, the Bank’s customers are invited to be a Hometown Hero for a $1 donation or a Hometown Superhero for a $5 donation. Business customers are also invited to send contributions in larger denominations. Hometown Bank then matches all donations, dollar for dollar and splits the funds among designated food pantries.


Last year’s campaign concluded with a record total donation of $13,200.00, representing contributions from personal and business Customers and Employees, and a dollar for dollar matching gift from the Bank. Individual checks in the amount of $2,200.00 were presented to each of the six participating food pantries. A total of $48,200.00 has been raised since the program was first introduced in 2004.


Neighbors Helping Neighbors donations benefit the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf at the United Methodist Church in Oxford; Food Share, a Southbridge-based program that serves residents of Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge; the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Church in Webster; the Athol Salvation Army Food Pantry; WHEAT Community Services in Lancaster, and the Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. Food Pantry.


To participate, please visit your local Hometown Bank office from now through Friday,

November 30th or mail your check payable to Hometown Bank Neighbors to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, 31 Sutton Avenue, Oxford, MA 01540.



Joseph J. Klimavich

Vice President, Communication

Hometown Bank


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