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Millbury Savings Bank recently donated $7,000 to the Friends of the Millbury Seniors, aiding the purchase of a new van for transporting area elderly and disabled residents.
“The Friends’ transportation program provides a valuable service, supporting the care and well-being of hundreds of people,” said Robert J. Morton, the bank’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re proud to provide our support for a program that so many of our friends and neighbors rely on.”
The new 14-passenger van will replace an older model and will be one of 5 vehicles currently owned and operated by the Friends. Each van, in addition to vans leased from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), provides transportation to doctor’s appointments, shopping trips, and other errands for elderly and disabled residents within Millbury, Sutton, Grafton, Auburn and Worcester. They also provide the ADA service for the town of Millbury. In 2016, the van program transported 365 area residents on nearly 13,000 one-way rides. While Friends receives a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covering 80 percent of the new van’s cost, the organization must rely on charitable donations to fund the remaining amount.
“Time and time again, Millbury Savings Bank demonstrates that they are a friend to our seniors and disabled individuals,” said Judith O’Connor, executive director of the Council on Aging and coordinator of the Friends of the Millbury Seniors. “Their support of this new van will directly help us increase our services to those who need it most.”
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Millbury Savings Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Robert J. Morton and Council on Aging Executive Director and Friends of the Millbury Seniors Coordinator Judith O’Connor.