July 30, 2012
BayCoast Bank, formerly Citizens~Union Savings Bank, has contributed the sum of $10,000 to the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) to support the organization’s summer internship program.
Since its inception in 1976, WRWA has grown from 15 members to more than 2000. Numerous projects have been developed over the years that promote education for all ages, perform scientific research and advocacy for environmental issues, and celebrate the watershed. Currently, WRWA’s major programs are: the Watershed Education Program in local schools, water quality monitoring, . WRWA is seen as a leader in the environmental grassroots movement inNew England.
The WRWA hires students from local colleges to assist with its education and monitoring programs.
BayCoast Bank’s investment allows for the WRWA to bring two interns aboard for the summer: Ami Araujo and Katie Daffinee, both students at the Biology Department at UMass Dartmouth. Ami Araujo is a 2012 graduate of the school, who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and who will pursue a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology this fall at her alma mater.
Katie Daffinee is also a recent graduate of UMass Dartmouth, who hopes to work in the microbiology field in order to help uncover the mysteries of the ocean and conserve its extremely important habitats.
BayCoast Bank recently opened its newest branch inWestport at 787 Main Road. BayCoast Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Christ said, “We look forward to being an integral part of theWestportcommunity, and the WRWA does great work forWestportand the region. We are happy to be able to help in this cause; helping students to learn about new and interesting employment opportunities by working in the field has always been a high priority of ours.”
WRWA Executive Director Matt Patrick thanked BayCoast for its generous contribution, adding, “It helps us do two things: educate children and provide work experience for two very promising graduates from our local state university who are interested in pursuing careers that will benefit the environment.”
About BayCoast Bank
BayCoast Bank, formerly Citizens~Union Savings Bank, is a mutually-owned savings bank which was chartered in 1851.Currently, the Bank serves southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with locations in Fall River, Fairhaven, New Bedford, North Dighton, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, and Tiverton, RI. BayCoast Bank offers a wide range of financial services including investment management, trust services, and insurance and brokerage services to consumers and businesses. Its affiliates include BayCoast Financial Services, offering stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities and college savings plans; and Partners Insurance Group, LLC, an independent agency representing several insurance companies that provide automobile, home, life and business coverage. Nicholas Christ is the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Main headquarters are at 30 Bedford Street, Fall River, MA02721. For additional information on the Bank or its services, please visit www.BayCoastBank.com or call 508-678-7641.