Banking for the Community 2021

BankGloucester awards $25K to local organizations in 14th annual ‘Banking for the Community program.

GLOUCESTER, MA, October 14, 2020 – The results are in for BankGloucester’s 14th annual Banking for the Community Program. Special thanks to the public for their participation and voting, making this year’s program the most successful yet, with close to 10,000 votes cast. A total of 89 local organizations received votes this year, and 21 received a combined total of $25,000.

 “BankGloucester is fortunate to be part of a great community and we feel it is important to be active in it and give back to it. Our Banking for the Community program is one of the many ways we do this, and we are happy to be celebrating the 14th year of this event,” said Patrick Thorpe, President and CEO at BankGloucester.

Community votes determined how the funds were distributed. Votes were cast through the bank’s website at or via paper ballot at the Gloucester, Essex and Ipswich branch locations. There were 20 organizations featured on the ballot and as always, write ins were welcomed. This year, one write-in organization was a winner.

And the winners are…

Cape Ann Animal Aid received the most votes and was awarded $5,000. The organization receiving the second most votes was The Open Door, who received $4,000. The organization with the third most votes was the Ipswich Animal Shelter, receiving $3,000. Both Generous Gardeners and Wellspring received $2,000 each, and Backyard Growers and Action inc. received $1,000 each. The following organizations received $500 each: Seaside Sustainability, SeniorCare Inc., Cape Ann Veterans, Care Dimensions, Rose Baker Senior Center, Three Sisters Garden Project, Ipswich Caring, Essex Senior Center, Essex County Greenbelt Association, Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Gloucester Education Foundation, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, NAMI Cape Ann, and Chorus North Shore, who was our write-in winner.

BankGloucester, a $350 million state-chartered mutual bank has been serving the North Shore since 1887. BankGloucester is headquartered at 160 Main Street in Gloucester and has branches at 15 Martin Street in Essex and 143 High Street in Ipswich. They are a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a member of the Depositors of Insurance Fund (DIF). At BankGloucester, all deposits are insured in full.

For additional information please contact:

Kathryn Wall, Marketing Specialist at BankGloucester – 978-675-9903 or

BankGloucester’s Patrick Thorpe presents a $5,000 award to Cape Ann Animal Aid.
BankGloucester’s Patrick Thorpe presents a check to the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum.