Wakefield Co-operative Bank employees wore jeans to work last month to benefit Samaritans Hope, which provides free, confidential life-saving suicide prevention services to people across Massachusetts. The bank’s President & CEO, Jeff Worth, doubled employee donations with a personal contribution out of his own pocket and additional funds from the bank brought the donation to $1,326 – a Jeans Day record.
Every month, bank employees are encouraged to wear denim to work on designated Jeans Days in exchange for a donation to a community organization. As a cause near and dear to their hearts, employees selected Samaritans as a Jeans Day recipient in hopes of raising awareness of suicide prevention and to help even just one person out there who is struggling.
Samaritans offers 24/7 text and phone support to anyone in need, including those concerned about a friend or family member, grief support to those who have lost someone to suicide, and community education to teach people how to help someone in crisis.
To learn more about Samaritans, visit their website.
In 2018, Wakefield Co-operative Bank’s Jeans Day program resulted in more than $5,600 in community donations to local organizations such as A Healthy Lynnfield, Tall Spire Preschool, Mission of Deeds, PAWS, Lynnfield for Love, Northeast Arc, Reid’s Ride, and more. Nearly $4,000 has been donated in 2019 to date to organizations such as Kiwanis, Lynnfield Mom’s Group for Sam Halpern, Lahey Kidney Transplant Department and more.
Pictured left to right back row: Elaine Guaetta, Janet Rivers, Elaine Foley, Joyce Yu, Lois Hayward, Donna Donovan, Kim Bellia, Lisa DiGregorio, Cindy Elmore, Ed Gregory, Jane Coonrod. Front row: Joyce Grasso, Maria Coccimiglio, Al Sarafian, Vicky Alexander, Carol Sacco.