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Melrose Against Violence $2,500 Donation

MAAV donation


Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) was recently presented with a $2,500 donation from Wakefield Co-operative Bank in support of their 25th Anniversary Walk & Candlelight Vigil.

MAAV’s multi-day event throughout October includes a virtual Vigil commemorating the victims who lost their lives to domestic violence over the last year and a Walk through downtown and around Ell Pond that can be done by oneself, friends or family.

“We are proud to make this donation to MAAV for all they do,” said Jeff Worth, President & CEO of Wakefield Co-operative Bank. “This organization goes above and beyond to honor those who lost their lives in tragedy, and wholeheartedly seeks to educate the public, especially our young people, about the importance of healthy relationships.”

The mission of the Melrose Alliance Against Violence is to raise community awareness of domestic and teen dating violence, and to promote programs that work to reduce violence and encourage healthy relationships. Programs include community awareness activities, education and prevention programs in the schools (including bullying prevention mentoring and peer leadership programs) and information, support, resource and referral services for victim, family members and the community at large.

Pictured left to right at the bank’s upcoming branch at 536 Main Street, Melrose: Jodi Dwyer, MAAV Board Member, with dog Finley; Elaine Foley, Senior Mortgage Consultant, Wakefield Co-operative Bank; Joe Guarino, MAAV Board Member; Jeff Worth, President & CEO, Wakefield Co-operative Bank; Rebecca Mooney, MAAV Executive Director; Mohammed Bezzat, VP, Retail Administration & Business Development Officer, Wakefield Co-operative Bank; Lois Hayward, VP, Chief Technology Officer & Branch Operations; Liane Cassavoy, MAAV Outreach Coordinator.