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Friends of Bellingham Library Treasurer Peg Jasinski (left) and Bellingham Library Director Bernadette Rivard accept a $1,000 donation from Medway Co-operative Bank President & CEO Jack Hamilton.

Medway Co-operative Bank Helps Bellingham Library Spruce Up Kitchen

(Bellingham, MA) - The Friends of Bellingham Public Library recently received a $1,000 donation from Medway Co-operative Bank.  The money donated will be directed to repairs and renovations to the library's kitchen, which is frequently used by groups who hold their meetings or events in the Community Room.

After participating in a Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston community reinvestment lending program, Medway Co-operative Bank became eligible to direct some targeted community grant funds to local non-profit organizations.  The Bank nominated Friends of Bellingham Public Library as one of the recipients of the FHLB $500 grant money.  The balance of the $1,000 donation was contributed directly by Medway Co-operative Bank Bank.

Medway Co-operative Bank President & CEO Jack Hamilton presented the donation to Friends of Bellingham Library Treasurer Peg Jasinski and Library Director Bernadette Rivard.  "As a bank that focuses on serving local individuals, families and businesses, Medway Co-operative Bank tries to support organizations that deliver valuable programs to the local community, especially those that benefit young people.  With plans underway to open our first branch in Bellingham in early 2009, we wanted to reach out to a local organization that had similar priorities.  The library was a natural choice because of the wide ranging programs they deliver to the community," stated Hamilton.

Library Director Bernadette Rivard added, "Over the years, the library's kitchen has gotten so much use by our staff and community groups.  That daily wear and tear has taken its toll, but the work the kitchen needed was not able to be included in our regular expense budget.  With this donation to the Friends of Bellingham Public Library, we can begin to make repairs and improvements to the kitchen."

Medway Co-operative Bank - with assets of $164 million - was founded in 1915 and offers a wide range of individual and business banking services, as the only purely mutual, solely local bank in the community. Medway Co-operative Bank has been voted the #1 Community Bank in Medway . The Bank continues to earn the highest rankings for financial strength from nationally recognized bank-rating companies including a Four-Star Superior rating from Bauer Financial for 63 consecutive quarters. Medway Co-operative Bank is a member of the FDIC and the SIF, and all deposits are insured in full. The Bank's Main Office is located at 70 Main Street in Medway MA.  Medway Co-operative Bank operates a branch office in Medway High School during the school year.  In 2009, the Bank will open a branch office in Bellingham at the intersection of Route 140 and Maple Street, and in Mendon at the intersection of Route 16 and North Ave. For further information, call 508.533.8661 or visit www.medwaycoopbank.com.