COVID-19 community updates

Published: 8/5/2020 3:10:50 PM
Champions inAction program

Citizens Bank and NECN have announced the 2021 Champions in Action areas of focus: COVID-19 Relief and Social Equity. The Champions in Actionprogram provides financial, volunteer and public relations support to local nonprofits that are ready to further their mission and reach the next level.

Applications will be accepted Aug. 3 to 21, from nonprofit organizations focused on solving post-pandemic social needs through the delivery of community-based programming. Winners will be announced in January. The award will be presented to a nonprofit organization that is working in collaboration with one or more other organizations to address immediate community needs as the ongoing recovery process throughout our nation and footprint continues.

The nonprofit applying for the award should include specific and measurable goals for their program.

Applications can be completed online at

Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. It provides support for small nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout Massachusetts.

The selected Champion in Action will receive:

■$35,000 in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank;

■Media coverage from NECN including public service announcements;

■Volunteer support from Citizens Bank colleagues;

■Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action in Citizens Bank branches;

■Exposure on the Citizens Bank and NECN websites.

To be eligible for consideration, an organization must:

■Be a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that addresses the designated social concern;

■Provide verification of tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code; and

■Have a total operating budget of $5 million or less.

Tapestry to provide free COVID-19 tests in Springfield

Tapestry will be providing free COVID-19 testing in Springfield as part of the Massachusetts Stop the Spread testing initiative.

Testing will be drive-thru, free, and available for both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals. Testing will be done via a nasal swab and results will be available within 48 hours. Testing is by appointment only; please call 364-2149 for scheduling.

Testing dates and sites:

■Friday from 3-6 p.m. at South End Middle School, 36 Margaret St.

■Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. at Zanetti Middle School, 474 Armory St.

■Aug. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Kennedy Middle School, 1385 Berkshire Ave.

Greenfield Co-op offers coin counting

In light of the recent coin shortage, Greenfield Cooperative Bank announced that the fee for non-account holders to use the coin counter machines will be temporarily waived.

“We feel eliminating the fee is the right thing to do to encourage people to turn in their coins during this shortage,” said Tony Worden, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Coin counters can be accessed at GCB’s Amherst, Shelburne Falls, Turners Falls and Greenfield main office branches.

Mass. BankersAssoc. Charitiable Foundation

The MBA’s Charitable Foundation, assisted by bank marketing partner A World for Good, has begun round two of its three-part social media campaign. This program lets people participate in how funds will be distributed to various agencies that help those across the commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each MBA Charitable Foundation social media campaign will be awarding $5,000 per campaign to six organizations. All selected organizations will receive $500; the public will help decide how to allocate the remaining $2,000. Visit and share to learn more and cast a vote.

The first campaign awarded $1,200 to Grow Food Northampton and $650 to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

The second campaign ends Aug. 30. Participants may vote for their favorite organizations once a day throughout the campaign.

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