Community

BHB does outdoor clean up for the Evelyn House
Team Blue Hills Bank lending a hand at the Evelyn House in Stoughton, MA.

Blue Hills Bank and Nantucket Bank support the communities we serve by building relationships, volunteering, and providing grants and sponsorships to local organizations through the bank and our foundation. Each organization we support adds to the vibrancy and vitality of the communities we serve and we are proud to partner with local nonprofits as they strive to achieve their missions and goals.

With more than $1 million donated annually to area nonprofits and community organizations, giving back to the community is not just something we do; it’s something we’re proud of.  We partner with neighboring organizations by sponsoring events, funding grants, offering unique financial education programming, providing leaders and lending a hand with volunteer initiatives.  As a community bank, we’re honored to contribute to the organizations that make our neighborhoods thrive.

2017 Community Giving Pie Chart

Recorded volunteer time by Blue Hills Bank employees so far in 2018.

 

Sponsorships

Branch Manager Valerie Rolli at the Norwood Farmers Market
Valerie Rolli volunteering at the Norwood Farmers Market.

Blue Hills Bank and Nantucket Bank sponsor many events in the communities we serve. You may see us helping at local farmer’s markets, cleaning up a playground or passing out water at a road race. Each community we serve is unique and so are the events that are special to them. Every sponsorship request is reviewed internally at the bank and we do our very best to support as many organizations as we can.

If you work or volunteer for a community organization and are looking for Blue Hills Bank or Nantucket Bank to sponsor an event in your community, please apply online here. Please note: We are loyal neighbors and give preference to organizations that serve residents of Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Dedham, Norwood, Westwood, Milton, Nantucket and Boston’s Seaport District where we have branch offices. The typical sponsorship given is between $100 -$2,500 and we limit our support to organizations, not individuals. Sponsorship requests must be received at least six weeks before the sponsored event to be considered.

Some of Blue Hills Bank’s notable sponsorships 2017 included:

  • Wediko Childrens Services
  • Three Squares New England
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Milton Hospital
  • Nantucket Boys & Girls Club

See some of the organizations we have supported in the past through bank sponsorships.

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Foundation Grants

The Blue Hills Bank Foundation distributes grants quarterly to Massachusetts 501(c)3 organizations in the areas of Arts & Education, Health & Human Services, Affordable Housing & Community Development, Financial Literacy and Social & Economic Justice. Foundation grant applications are reviewed by a Board of Directors comprised of Blue Hills Bank employees and non-employee community members.

BHB Community Relations Manager with Teens in Print Grant Recipients
Blue Hills Bank Foundation grant recipients from Teens in Print with community relations manager, Julie Beckham (second from right).

The Blue Hills Bank Foundation is not accepting grant applications at this current time. 

Some of the Blue Hills Bank Foundation’s largest grants in 2017 included:

  • Pan-Mass Challenge
  • Christo Rey
  • Caritas Communities
  • Greater Boston YMCA
  • Motherbrook Arts & Community Center

See all of the organizations the Blue Hills Bank Foundation supported in 2017.

For more information, please contact Blue Hills Bank’s Community Relations Manager.

Financial Literacy

More than 50,000 people, ranging from K-12 students to senior citizens, have participated in one of the Blue Hills Bank Foundation’s free financial education programs. Since 2011, the Blue Hills Bank Foundation has invested in creative and innovative programming designed to enhance the financial capabilities of community members.

The following programs are currently available to schools, community organizations and councils on aging. For information about any of our free financial literacy offerings, please contact our Community Relations Manager.

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Ms. Money & the Coins
Grades K-5

Ms Money and the Coins Financial Literacy Programs
Ms Money and the Coins performing at a local school.

Ms. Money & the Coins is an educational, interactive, musical presentation that teaches elementary-aged students (Grades K-5) the concepts of saving, sharing and spending money. The presentation uses music, magic and interactive theater games to bring the basic concepts of saving, sharing and spending to life on stage.

Age-appropriate concepts such as needs vs. wants, interest, lending and borrowing are included in this musical performance and the 35-minute show is followed by an optional 5-10 minute question/answer session. After the show, each student receives a study guide sheet with fun facts, newly learned vocabulary, word searches and other games.

Ms. Money & the Coins has performed more than 300 free shows since 2011 and is currently booking times for the 2018-2019 school year. The program is available free of charge to schools in Massachusetts and is sponsored entirely by the Blue Hills Bank Foundation.  To learn more about the show, watch our five-minute video.

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Ms. Money’s Virtual Reality Check
Grades 9-12

Local high school students learning about financial management through the web-based Virtual Reality Check program.

Ms. Money’s Virtual Reality Check is a collaboration with EverFi, Inc., a leading education technology company committed to improving the financial literacy of consumers nationwide through engaging digital learning opportunities.

Ms. Money’s Virtual Reality Check is an online course that offers over six hours of programming on a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401K plans and other critical concepts that meet national financial literacy standards.

Through the support of the Blue Hills Bank Foundation and this collaboration with EverFi, Inc., schools across our footprint are able to utilize this innovative curriculum in their classroom at no cost. Ms. Money’s Virtual Reality Check is active in several area high schools, based on administrative interest.

 

Consumer Protection for Seniors

Consumer Protection for Seniors Seminar
Certified Financial Educator, Julie Beckham, spreads awareness about scams and other risks to local seniors.

Through the Blue Hills Bank Foundation’s Consumer Protection for Seniors program, adults ages 65 and better have the opportunity to expand their financial literacy knowledge and further safeguard their identity and wealth.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Identity Theft & Protection
  • Elder Abuse Awareness & Prevention
  • Medical Identity Theft
  • Internet and Phishing Scams

Blue Hills Bank is committed to protecting and safeguarding our most vulnerable citizens against consumer fraud.  Our Consumer Protection for Seniors program is available for free upon request to community groups, councils on aging and senior centers.

Team Blue Hills Bank

Team Blue Hills Bank prepared a mailing for the Neponset River Watershed Association.
Blue Hills Bank’s IT Team helps prepare a mailing for the Neponset River Watershed Association.

Blue Hills Bank and Nantucket Bank employees believe in supporting the community through volunteer efforts and teamwork. Each employee is given a volunteer paid day off to use on their personal volunteer initiatives and team volunteer events are planned throughout the year to help our partnering nonprofits achieve their goals and missions. Additionally, Blue Hills Bank and Nantucket Bank employees enjoy a matching gift program that matches their donations to their favorite qualifying nonprofits.

Among many initiatives, Team Blue Hills Bank participates in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, Wediko Children’s Services Climb for Kids and in 2017 Team Blue Hills Bank reached a fundraising milestone by raising more than $1 million for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute by riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge!

Aura Reyes-Cano checks out the well wishes created for Cradles to Crayons backpacks.
BHB’s Aura Reyes-Cano reviews the Well Wish Notes that Team Blue Hills Bank created for Cradles to Crayons.

 

Building relationships, learning about what the community needs and working to meet those needs through grants, sponsorships and volunteer efforts is at the heart of Team Blue Hills Bank! Look for us in YOUR community!

 

To learn more about Blue Hills Bank’s community giving through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism, contact our Community Relations Manager.

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