Fall River, MA:  Mechanics Cooperative Bank, and President and CEO Joseph T. Baptista Jr., are proud to announce their support of Greater Fall River Re-Creation and their HiSET Education Program.  Mechanics Cooperative Bank donated $5,000 to this specific cause for the purchase of state-of-the-art laptops and computer equipment to create a modern, technical teaching environment for community learning.

Greater Fall River RE-CREATION, formerly known as the “CD-REC” is a non-profit recreation and prevention based organization.  Their organization provides educational and developmental programs to the residents in the Greater Fall River area, emphasizing support for economically disadvantaged youths.

President and CEO Joseph T. Baptista Jr. said “Greater Fall River Re-Creation is a vital resource in the Fall River community.  The Computer Center we helped create will offer both local adults and youth a chance to expand their computer skills and will provide a great learning environment.  The Re-Creation Computer Center will prove to be a quality resource for those who don’t have access to a computer or the Internet at their homes.  We are proud to support the Greater Fall River Re-Creation and their commitment to improving the quality of education in our local Fall River community.”

Greater Fall River Re-Creation believes that every local citizen deserves the opportunity to develop their talents and they provides a safe and nurturing environment to facilitate these developments. All programs offered by Greater Fall River Re-Creation are free of charge or carry a minimum registration fee for Fall River residents.  These year-round programs range from arts & crafts, sports, dance and fitness classes and other programs economically disadvantaged citizens would otherwise not be able to afford or participate in.

Greater Fall River Re-Creation began in the fall of 1970, when a group of young, local professionals began to discuss the lack of recreational and cultural opportunities available to Fall River’s youth. They came to the conclusion that is was time to “RE-CREATE” the spirit of community involvement. They committed themselves to enhancing the quality of life in Fall River and started the “Greater Fall River RE-CREATION Committee Inc.” as a private, non-profit organization which would provide various activities for Fall River’s youth.

Grace Gerling, Executive Director of Greater Fall River Re-Creation commented “I would like to offer a heartfelt and sincere thank you Mechanics Cooperative Bank and Joseph Baptista for all they have done over the years for our local community and for Fall River Re-Creation.  Mechanics Cooperative Bank’s support and purchase of new computer equipment has allowed us to expand the educational and vocational opportunities for learning and development for our local community.  We will continue to help and improve lives every single day, and the support of organizations like Mechanics Cooperative Bank is integral to our success.”

Greater Fall River Re-Creation’s new facility is at 45 Rock Street at the Community & Wellness Center. It houses multiple agencies and numerous services to help our community.  They are currently improving their site to improve the quality services being provided.  For more information about the programs and services offered through Re-Creation visit www.gfrrec.org.

Mechanics Cooperative Bank 10% Net Income Pledge:

Mechanics Cooperative Bank’s Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team are excited to continue their pledge to support our local communities.  Mechanics Cooperative Bank will donate at least ten percent (10%) of their annual net income to local non-profit organizations.  These funds will have a positive impact on the local communities with Mechanics Cooperative Bank branch locations (Bridgewater, Dighton, Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton and Westport) as well as their surrounding cities and towns.

The Mechanics Cooperative Bank Charitable Giving Guidelines are focused on supporting community organizations that provide support for affordable housing, economic and job development, educational programs, arts and cultural programs and community sports programs. Donation or sponsorship request information and the Mechanics Cooperative Bank donation form are available on their web site at www.Mechanics-Coop.com.

About Mechanics Cooperative Bank
With total assets of $475 million, Mechanics Cooperative Bank offers a wide variety of personal and business deposit and loan products. As a Massachusetts co-operative bank, 100% of customers’ deposits are always fully insured.  Established in 1877, Mechanics Cooperative Bank is Massachusetts’ second-oldest co-operative bank with eight conveniently located branches in Bridgewater, Taunton, North Dighton, Somerset, Swansea, Fall River and Westport. For more information, call 1-888-MECHANICS (632-4264) or visit Mechanics-Coop.com. Member FDIC.  Member SIF.  Equal Housing Lender.


Pictured in the new HiSET Education Room with new laptops purchased by Mechanics Cooperative Bank are (from left) Grace Gerling, Executive Director of Fall River Re-Creation, Joseph T. Baptista Jr, President & CEO of Mechanics Cooperative Bank, and HiSET Education students Javon Parris-Braxton and Haikeem O. Stephenson.