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BankFive donates to Community Autism Resources

The Spectator - 11/1/2017

SWANSEA - BankFive Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, recently awarded $5,000 to Community Autism Resources Inc. (CAR) in Swansea.

CAR offers comprehensive, holistic, evidence-based support to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families and community members. Core services are designed to help individuals with ASD reach their fullest potential and to participate in educational and leadership programs.

The donation will be used to help offset expenses associated with CAR's Gottschall Access Program, a three-year program where students are enrolled in specially designed courses on a college campus that helps them develop life, vocational and social skills. In addition, the program gives the students an opportunity to participate in internships that eventually lead to gainful employment. The donation will provide for the purchase of such things as iPads, sensory equipment for the classroom, general school supplies and farming and gardening supplies.

"We are so grateful to BankFive and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts for their contribution to and support of the Gottschall Access Program through Community Autism Resources," said Barbara Domingue, executive director at Community Autism Resources. "Their generous gift will have a significant impact on helping our students achieve their goal of obtaining a meaningful post-secondary educational experience."

"The services provided by CAR are extremely important to those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder," noted William R. Eccles Jr., president and chief executive officer of BankFive. "We know the funds we provide to their Gottschall Access Program are going to be put to good use in preparing students for the future."

"We are proud to partner with BankFive in support of Community Autism Resources and their efforts to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder reach their fullest potential," said Community Foundation President John Vasconcellos. "Grants like this from the BankFive Foundation help us in our pursuit of education for all in Southeastern Massachusetts."

Since 1995, area residents have been turning to the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts to make their philanthropic giving as effective as possible. The Community Foundation is a public charity serving thousands of people who share a common concern - improving the quality of life in Southeastern Massachusetts. To date, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $25 million to humanitarian, educational and cultural organizations in the region. More information about the Foundation can be found at

Since 1855, BankFive has been serving the communities of the SouthCoast with a steadfast commitment to provide local individuals, families and businesses with outstanding products and services designed to meet their financial needs. With 15 offices conveniently located throughout the SouthCoast, BankFive is one of the top regional banks in Massachusetts.


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