Rockland Trust Grants $1,500 to The Arc of Bristol County

ROCKLAND, Mass. (July 29, 2013) - Rockland Trust today announced a $1,500 grant to The Arc of Bristol County, a non-profit organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to support the expansion of the organization's financial advocacy programs. The Arc's services extend throughout Bristol County, with offices in Attleboro, Taunton, Middleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford. Through its state and national affiliations, The Arc conducts legislative, systems, and individual advocacy on behalf of those with disabilities.

"At Rockland Trust, we recognize the importance of advocating for and supporting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our communities," said Laura Gignac, Rockland Trust Attleboro Branch Manager. "The Arc does great work throughout Bristol County and we are excited to support them as they expand their financial advocacy programs in the region."

Rockland Trust's grant will help the The Arc of Bristol County expand its financial advocacy programs, including its robust representative payee effort. The financial advocacy programs at The Arc's work to ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities maintain their basic financial needs. In addition to advocacy, the organization also provides independent living and in-home support, trust management, family support, recreation, and residential support services, in addition to respite programs and advocacy for children with disabilities.

"We are grateful to Rockland Trust for this grant to help expand our financial advocacy throughout Bristol County," said Michael Andrade, President and CEO of The Arc of Bristol County. "The Representative Payee system helps individuals served feel empowered by knowing their finances are being responsibly managed, and provides peace of mind for families and caregivers of the individuals involved."

About Rockland Trust

With $5.9 billion in assets, Rockland Trust is a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts which provides a wide range of consumer, business, investment, and insurance products and services. Named a Boston Globe "Best Place to Work" for four consecutive years and one of America's "Best Banks" by Forbes for three consecutive years, Rockland Trust's network consists of 75 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 Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

About The Arc of Bristol County

Established in 1959, The Arc of Bristol County presently serves over 2,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families throughout Bristol County, MA. The Arc's mission is "To foster community partnerships, promote individual advocacy and create a pathway for growth and innovation by offering exceptional support and services to people with all abilities through the attraction, development and retention of superior talent who passionately demonstrate best practices." The organization welcomes participation and support from our community members to help advance the mission. Contact The Arc at (508) 226-1445 or

About The Arc of USA

The Arc is the largest national organization of and for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc fosters respect and access, giving people with I/DD the power to achieve a full and satisfying life through a strong grassroots network of 140,000 members affiliated through more than 700 state and local chapters across the nation. At the national level, a 22 member national board of directors and a delegate body of representatives from each chapter guide The Arc's work. For more information, please visit