Hometown Mortgage hires Valdés as Community Mortgage Loan Originator

Easthampton, Massachusetts — December 13, 2023 —

Hometown Mortgage recently hired Francisco Valdés as community mortgage loan originator, based in bankHometown’s 1001 Millbury St., Worcester office. Hometown Mortgage is a division of bankESB, a Hometown Financial Group company that also includes bankHometown and Abington Bank. In this newly created role at Hometown Mortgage, Valdés will be a trusted financial advisor to qualifying low-

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Friendly House receives grants from FHLBank Boston and bankHometown

Oxford, Massachusetts — December 12, 2023 —

FHLBank Boston recently recognized bankHometown for its commitment to affordable housing, awarding a $2,000 grant to Friendly House, Worcester, the nonprofit organization selected by bankHometown. bankHometown in turn matched the grant through its own charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, providing Friendly House with an additional $2,000, bringing total donations to $4,000. Through the FHLBank Boston’s Grants

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bankHometown Commits $10,000 to Millbury Parents Club

Oxford, Massachusetts — October 30, 2023 —

bankHometown and its charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, recently pledged $10,000 over three years to the Millbury Parents Club, supporting the club’s mission to fund educational activities and experiences for students in Millbury Public Schools. This brings the bank’s support over the last decade to more than $30,000. “Education is the key to a bright

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bankHometown Supports Local Food Pantries through 20th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fundraiser

Oxford, Massachusetts — October 16, 2023 —

This marks the 20th year of the bank’s annual appeal, which invites bank customers, employees, and community members to donate money between November 1 and November 30 to help fight food insecurity. All donations up to $2,500 per customer will be matched dollar for dollar by bankHometown and the total raised will be divided among

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bankHometown to Host Three Free Shred Days in Fall 2023

Oxford, Massachusetts — September 19, 2023 —

bankHometown invites customers and members of the community to three free Shred Days at local offices. Events will be held on the following dates and at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Saturday, October 14: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.,* Leominster office, 9 Sack Blvd. Saturday, October 28: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.,* Webster office, 4

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bankHometown Hires Sharma as Branch Manager in Lancaster

Oxford, Massachusetts — September 1, 2023 —

bankHometown recently hired Meenakshi Sharma as branch manager of its 131 Main St., Lancaster, office. Sharma, of Upton, has more than 17 years of banking experience, including her most recent roles as relationship banker at Webster Five, personal banking specialist at Santander Bank, and branch operations manager at the former Commerce Bank. She also is

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bankHometown named among most charitable companies in Massachusetts

Oxford, Massachusetts — September 1, 2023 —

bankHometown has received the 2023 Corporate Citizenship Award from Boston Business Journal, recognizing the bank as one of Massachusetts’ top corporate charitable contributors. It’s the fourth year in a row that bankHometown has received the honor. The Business Journal annually publishes this list to showcase companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities.

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bankHometown Awards $4,000 in Scholarships to Area Grads

Oxford, Massachusetts — August 30, 2023 —

As part of the bank’s charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, and its commitment to youth and education, bankHometown recently awarded $4,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors of two local high schools. Five students from Millbury High School and three students from Sutton High School were each awarded $500 scholarships. The recipients demonstrated both academic

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bankHometown Parent Wins National Top Workplaces Award

Oxford, Massachusetts — July 24, 2023 —

Hometown Financial Group, parent company of bankHometown, announced today that it was named a 2023 Financial Services Industry Top Workplaces national award winner. This award is based solely on feedback from employees of participating workplaces, gathered through an anonymous, third-party survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. Top Workplaces Industry

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bankHometown Hires Cruz as Assistant Vice President Branch Officer in Worcester

Oxford, Massachusetts — July 10, 2023 —

bankHometown recently hired Izzy Cruz as assistant vice president, branch officer at its Grove Street branch in Worcester. Cruz has 18 years of banking experience, including his most recent roles as market manager of Webster Five, market manager of People’s United Bank, and business banking relationship manager at Key Bank. Cruz has a degree in

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bankHometown To Host MA Clothing Drive for Veterans Inc. & CT Food Drive for Veterans Base Camp

Oxford, Massachusetts — May 17, 2023 —

bankHometown supports non-profit organizations and causes throughout Worcester and Windham Counties through a bank-wide program called The Giving Tree. One of the pillars of this program is community – supporting programs that enhance the quality of life in the communities where its banks call home. bankHometown is planning an in-branch clothing and food drive to

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bankHometown Names Retail SVP; Regional VPs

Oxford, Massachusetts — April 14, 2023 —

bankHometown recently announced that it has promoted Sharon Mahlert to senior vice president, retail banking officer, and Donna M. Daigle, Tina M. Puzo, and Maria Thomas to the newly created role of vice president, regional branch manager. Mahlert, of Putnam, Conn., joined bankHometown in 2003 and over the years has held several leadership positions in

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bankHometown to Host Three Free Shred Days in the Spring of 2023

Oxford, Massachusetts — April 12, 2023 —

bankHometown invites customers and members of the community to three free Shred Days at local offices. Events will be held on the following dates and at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Saturday, May 6: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Auburn office, 569 Southbridge St. Saturday, May 20: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thompson,

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Safe, Reliable, and Fully Insured

Oxford, Massachusetts — March 13, 2023 —

This past weekend, federal regulators seized the assets of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. In light of these events, we’d like to assure you that your deposits are safe, sound, and fully insured at bankHometown. As a strong local community bank, bankHometown provides our customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing that

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bankHometown Donates $22,000 to United Way

Oxford, Massachusetts — February 14, 2023 —

bankHometown and its employees recently made donations totaling more than $22,000 to three United Way organizations in Central Massachusetts. Employees pledged more than $19,000 of their own funds in support of the bank’s United Way workplace campaign. Combined with the bank’s direct contribution, the campaign total of $22,485 will be divided among the United Way

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bankHometown Promotes Three Employees

Oxford, Massachusetts — January 9, 2023 —

bankHometown recently announced the promotions of Jennifer McKenna to assistant vice president, branch officer; Kimberly Sweet to assistant vice president, branch officer; and Maria Thomas to vice president, branch officer. McKenna, of Danielson, Conn., has been promoted to assistant vice president, branch officer of bankHometown’s Brooklyn, Conn. office. McKenna has 20 years of experience in

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