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Bay State Savings Bank Builds Playhouse for Veteran's Children

February 11, 2015


WORCESTER, MA / January 2015 – In cooperation with Habitat for Humanity and the Worcester Sharks, Bay State Savings Bank participated in a recent build program called Project Playhouse. Under the direction of Habitat for Humanity, volunteers constructed playhouses for the children of local Veterans returning from deployment. The DCU Center provided the work space and Bay State Savings Bank, AstraZeneca and National Grid supplied the financial sponsorship and volunteers.

Bay State Savings Bank employees worked in shifts throughout the one-day event to create a backyard playhouse that resembled “a pineapple under the sea” or the home of SpongeBob Square Pants. The wood pieces had been pre-cut by students at area vocational schools as part of their curriculum, and the rest of the assembly and painting was performed on site by Bay State volunteers.

A total of three playhouses were built – the remaining two, constructed by AstraZeneca and National Grid volunteers, featured Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Sofia the First themes. Following completion of the playhouses, Habitat for Humanity representatives conducted a dedication ceremony, transferring ownership of the playhouses to the Veterans’ children. Each family accepted the titles to their child’s new playhouse with excitement and appreciation. 

“It was a very satisfying day by any standards,” said Diane Giampa, SVP/Human Resources and Marketing for Bay State Savings Bank. “Many of us have very little or no experience in woodworking, so there were some challenges; however, we do have experience working as a team, which made any obstacles relatively easy to overcome. We were all very passionate about what we were creating and on whose behalf. And as great as it was to see our ‘masterpiece’ finished, nothing compared to seeing the faces of the children when they saw the playhouses and realized they were intended for them.”

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