Bank becomes lead sponsor for a fall project in Ayer

AYER -- North Middlesex Savings Bank donated $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity® of North Central Massachusetts, becoming the organization's lead sponsor for an upcoming project in Ayer. In addition to the sponsorship donation, the Bank will be committing volunteer time to the project, which will see the construction of a duplex at 76 Central Avenue, Ayer, pending approval from town officials and the zoning board.

"We are pleased to be the lead sponsor of Habitat for Humanity's North Central Massachusetts (NCM) Ayer project," said North Middlesex Savings Bank's president and CEO, Wally Dwyer. "Habitat's mission of creating homeownership while improving the quality of life for families helps to keep the entire Nashoba Valley area healthy and vibrant."

Accepting the gift on behalf of Habitat for Humanity North Central Mass was the group's executive director, Maggie Monroe-Cassel, who noted that construction for the two-family unit fits both the mission of her organization, as well as the town's desire to encourage affordable housing. That shared commitment to collaborating for the public good is central to both Habitat and North Middlesex Savings Bank.

"Habitat for Humanity is about partnerships. We partner with the families that we select as they work on their own homes. We partner with volunteers to get the building done. But without our donor partners, none of it would happen," Monroe-Cassel explained. "I am so grateful that North Middlesex Savings Bank took the lead on our upcoming Ayer Build as our first corporate sponsor. This generous gift will inspire others to give as they are able to make it possible for two more qualified, hardworking Habitat families to move into their own homes."

Construction at the Ayer site is scheduled to begin in October and the selected families are expected to move into their new homes in the spring of 2015.

Additional information regarding the Ayer project is available at Habitat for Humanity's special webpage, ncmhabitat.org/210.asp.

Individuals and businesses looking to help with the initiative are encouraged to contact Monroe-Cassel at maggie@ncmhabitat.org.