Rockland Trust Donates More Than $15,000 to the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund
ROCKLAND, Mass. (January 28, 2014) - Rockland Trust today announced it donated $15,838 to the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund, administered by The Salvation Army. The program is a cooperative effort between Massachusetts energy companies and the Salvation Army of Massachusetts that provides energy assistance to those in temporary crisis. Rockland Trust made the donation as a result of the bank's fifth annual "Warm for the Winter" campaign, collecting contributions in its nearly 80 branches from November 12 through December 31, 2013. Over the five years it has participated in the program, Rockland Trust has gathered $56,025 in donations to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund.
"The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund, administered by The Salvation Army, provides an invaluable service to our community," said Chris Oddleifson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockland Trust. "We are proud to support this organization's goal of assisting Massachusetts residents in their time of need with the help of all the good 'neighbors' who visited our local branches in support of this great cause."
"Rockland Trust's commitment to help support the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund for the fifth consecutive year has again helped those in crisis," said Major David Kelly, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division. "With the support of our partners at Rockland Trust, we're glad to be able to assist so many individuals who continue to struggle economically. The contributions from caring citizens at Rockland branches all over the region enabled us to help our neighbors."
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund assists those throughout the state who do not meet federal and/or state assistance guidelines, yet experience a temporary need for assistance due to unforeseen circumstances. Since its inception in 1985, the program has assisted more than 82,000 families and raised more than $18.8 million.
About Rockland Trust Company
A full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts with $6.2 billion in assets, Rockland Trust provides a wide range of consumer, business, investment, and insurance products and services. Named to the Boston Globe's "Top Places to Work" for five consecutive years and one of America's "Best Banks" by Forbes for four consecutive years, Rockland Trust's network consists of nearly 80 retail branches, 11 commercial lending offices, five investment management, and three residential lending centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To find out why Rockland Trust is the bank "Where Each Relationship Matters®", please visit www.RocklandTrust.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is a cooperative effort between the sponsoring energy companies in the state, The Salvation Army which administers the Fund, Massachusetts residents and the corporate community to help households in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses. To qualify for assistance from the Fund, an applicant's gross household income must fall between 60 percent and 80 percent of the state's median income levels. Since its inception in 1985, the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund's annual "Give the Gift of Warmth" campaign has raised $18.8 million and provided energy assistance to over 82,000 households in the state. For more information, please visit www.magoodneighbor.org.