July 18, 2013- Watertown Savings Bank (WSB) CEO Ron Dean has announced that voting in the bank’s annual Customer Choice Awards will take place all year long, rather than the previous time frame of November-January.
“We hope that by increasing the voting period, more customers will have the opportunity to cast their vote,” Dean commented. “We encourage every customer to submit a vote. It is a tremendous opportunity for their favorite local non-profit to receive much needed funds.”
The bank plans to give away $75,000 in customer choice awards again in 2014. The program, in its 18th year, has distributed more than $750,000 to nearly 100 local non-profits. It allows WSB customers, the opportunity to vote for their favorite local, non-profit organization. Every qualified non-profit that earns at least one percent of the total votes received is awarded funds. Funds are distributed according to the voting results. To qualify the organization must serve the local community in some way and have 501c(3) status. Religious and political organizations are ineligible. Charitable organizations within a church community are eligible.
Anyone with a Watertown Savings Bank account can
vote. Every customer gets one vote.
Bank customers can go to the watertownsavings.com homepage to cast their vote. The online voting system lists several different organizations from each of the six towns where there are bank branches: Watertown, Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Newton, and Waltham. These are not the only eligible organizations. There is a place to “write-in” an organization’s name, if it is not already listed.
The deadline to vote will be at the end of each calendar year; this year it is Tuesday, December 31st. Those without access to a computer can pick up paper ballots at any WSB branch location. The maximum amount distributed to any one organization is $3,500. Funds are distributed at an awards ceremony held each year in March. For further information please call 617-928-2336.#####