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Millbury Savings Bank recently donated $5,000 to the Friends of the Millbury Seniors, aiding the purchase of a new van for transporting area elderly and disabled residents.
“The Friends’ van program provides a valuable service for the care and well-being of hundreds of people in need,” said Robert J. Morton, the bank’s president and chief executive officer. “Friends and neighbors in our community rely on this program, and we’re proud to be able to provide our support.”
The new 14-passenger van will replace an older model and will be one of three vehicles currently owned and operated by the Friends. Each van, in addition to two 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 2014, the van program transported nearly 385 area residents on approximately 18,000 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.
“We’re grateful that Millbury Savings Bank has provided much-needed support for our ride program,” said Judith O’Connor, executive director of the Council on Aging and director of the Friends of the Millbury Seniors. “This new van will help us increase our service to seniors and disabled individuals in our community for at least the next five years.”