Fall River Public School Students Receive Holiday Support From BayCoast Bank

Nothing is more heartwarming than the spirit of giving during the holiday season.  Whether it’s through financial assistance, or volunteer hours of service, this is a special time of year when we can all come together and help those who need it most.

In this spirit of giving, BayCoast Bank awarded a grant to the Fall River Holiday Fund Inc., assisting their efforts to provide necessities to 250 of the neediest students within the Fall River Public School system.

The bank’s $5,000 grant assisted in the purchase of gift cards, which were used by guidance counselors and school staff to shop for winter clothing and holiday gifts for students who would otherwise go without this season.

Partners Check Presentation First Step Inn
Partners Insurance Group staff members Constance Weida (left) and Jocelyn Oliveira (right) present $2,500 check to Anabela Azevedo, (center) Program Supervisor at First Step Inn of Fall River.

“I don’t know how we would survive without this assistance for our students,” said Ken Pacheco, Chief Operating Officer for Fall River Public Schools. “The good people at BayCoast Bank always do their part to help the community and I am so thankful for their support.”

Michelle Rivera, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for the bank, asked employees if they could help provide donations of clothing, gift cards and toys for children served by the agency throughout the greater Fall River area.  Bank staff members graciously answered the call, as they have for the last several years, typically giving gifts to more than 100 children in any one year.

This season, Partners Insurance Group, an affiliate of BayCoast Bank, made an important donation to First Step Inn, as part of the Arbella Insurance Foundation’s Let’s Drive Out Hunger campaign.

First Step Inn provides safe shelter, daily nutritious meals as well as employment and healthcare services to the homeless in the City of Fall River.  Along with Partners’ donation of $1,000, the Arbella Insurance Foundation is amplifying this contribution with an additional $1,500, bringing the total donation to $2,500.

“Hunger remains at precariously high levels as the pandemic continues,” said Ann Pacheco, AVP of Administration at Partners Insurance Group. “We are proud to donate to First Step Inn to help families in the Fall River area overcome these challenges.”