by Lynn Viesti Berube
Do you realize that the bank you rely on for financial services is also tops when it comes to supporting the community? That’s right: Milford Bank is right here, offering a lending hand in a variety of ways, from fundraising for causes close to your heart to providing free financial seminars, to hosting an educational fair with a “green” theme. In case you missed any of the bank’s proudest moments of 2015, we provide the following recap.
Free Small Business Seminars: The Milford Bank partnered with Stratford’s Economic Development Office back in February to sponsor free seminars for small business owners. Over the course of two months, the bank helped lead lectures on starting a business, developing a business plan, obtaining financing and working with the state. The seminars were designed to help grow small businesses in the community.
“Milford Moves” Pirate Day 5K: This event was held on June 14th in conjunction with the town of Milford’s annual Cap’n Kidd Treasure Hunt Pirates Day. That sunny morning, some 200 participants ran The Milford Bank’s first annual 5K. The event was part of the bank’s “Milford Moves” healthy living initiative. The race was the culmination of a 12-week training course that taught participants everything from proper training and equipment to the right diet. The Milford Bank knows that prosperity starts with healthy bodies and, apparently, so did 200 running pirates!
Painting With a Purpose: Also in June, the bank hosted a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Milford’s summer program. Bank employees volunteered their time to paint their own interpretations of the bank’s sailboat logo, which were then raffled off at each of the bank’s office locations. Donations were also collected by employees at each branch. At the end of the fundraiser, more than a dozen Milford Bank employees were able to raise $1,100 for the cause, demonstrating not only their generous spirits but a commitment to their employer’s proud heritage of community service.
Green Fair: On November 14th, The Milford Bank hosted its first annual Green Fair at its main office in Milford. The event was free to the public and featured free electronics recycling and document shredding for bank customers (non-customers were asked to make a small donation). Additionally, booths were set up to provide information and entertainment on such topics as saving energy, bottle and can collection, upcycling crafts for kids, and do-it-yourself household cleaners and beauty supplies. All proceeds will benefit a green initiative for the community to be determined in early 2016.
2015 Business of the Year Award: On October 20th, The Milford Bank was honored by the West Haven Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of its 2015 Business of the Year Award. The accolade acknowledges the hard work The Milford Bank puts in each year helping families and businesses with their banking needs while maintaining a strong community presence.
Be sure to join us in the many events we have planned for next year. We can’t wait to see you!