East Cambridge Savings Bank is supporting the Food Pantry and local YMCA to celebrate joining the Woburn community


WOBURN, Mass. – East Cambridge Savings Bank supported two local non-profit organizations to mark their entry into the Woburn community.

On August 1, the bank made donations to the North Suburban YMCA located in Woburn and the Lexington Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry. According to a press release, these two donations of $5,000 will go directly to each organization’s programming and client services, allowing them to use the funds for urgent needs.

Officials from both organizations joined the opening day festivities at 237 Lexington St. on the Bank’s first day of operations in Woburn after completing the acquisition of Patriot Community Bank.

“It is truly an honor to support the North Suburban YMCA and the Lexington Food Pantry. Both of these organizations do vital work in Woburn, Lexington and surrounding towns and villages and we admire their unwavering commitment to serving the community,” said Gilda M. Nogueira, President and CEO of East Cambridge Savings Bank, originally from Ribeira Grande, São Miguel, Azores.

“It has become customary to donate to local non-profit organizations when the Bank opens a new banking center or expands its branch presence,” she added. “It’s our way of demonstrating our commitment to the community from day one and expressing our gratitude for being welcomed by area residents, customers and businesses.”

East Cambridge Savings Bank presents $5,000 donation to North Suburban YMCA.  Standing, left to right: Annette Hunt, John O'Donnell, Gilda Nogueira, President and CEO of Savings Bank of E.  Cambridge, Lindsey Lerit (North Suburban YMCA), Joanne Aliber, Carrie O'Halloran, Charlie Skeele, North Suburban YMCA Board Member Gisela Margotta, Tim Bombard, Lisa Kimmence and Albert Pacheco.

Representatives from both organizations were on hand for the first day of the bank in Woburn, including Lindsey Lerit, associate executive director of the North Suburban YMCA.

“We really appreciate the support from East Cambridge Savings Bank, and it was great to be part of their opening day at Woburn,” said Lerit. “This donation will help our efforts to provide programs for children, families and seniors in the Woburn area to support their physical and emotional well-being.”

Carolyn Wortman, program coordinator at the Lexington Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, devotes countless hours to fighting food insecurity and hunger in nearby Lexington. “What we at the Food Pantry have always known is that hunger and lack of access to high-quality, nutritious food is an issue that affects all communities,” Wortman noted. “This was particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the pantry saw a dramatic increase in needs. We continued to be there for the community and never stopped serving our customers. We welcome the support of East Cambridge Savings Bank so that we can continue to provide essential pantry services.

According to the press release, East Cambridge Savings Bank supports hundreds of non-profit organizations that serve the needs of children and families, education, affordable housing and seniors in the 17 cities and towns of the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) assessment area. For the past seven consecutive years, the Bank has been named one of Massachusetts’ Top 100 Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal based on dollars donated and volunteer hours.

Nogueira began her career at Cambridge Community Bank in 1978 as a cashier, while still in high school. She rose through the ranks to become Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before attaining her current title of President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012, while taking on other important roles in several banking industry organizations around the world. state and countrywide.


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