Employees at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod donate to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief #CharityJeansDay

October 23, 2017 (HYANNIS, MA) – Since August, the country has experienced unprecedented destruction caused by a series of hurricanes, starting with Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston, Texas in August, followed quickly by Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane Jose along the Northeast coast, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

In the wake of the devastation left by these events, the employees at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod rallied and held three different special Charity Jeans Days to raise money for the local chapter of the American Red Cross to support its relief efforts.

At The Coop, wearing jeans is encouraged every other Friday in exchange for a donation to one of 26 local non-profits selected by the employees. For these three hurricanes, employees committed to raising money on the Fridays between normally scheduled #CharityJeansDay.

“Without any assistance from the Bank, our colleagues raised almost $3,000 for hurricane relief,” said Lisa Oliver, President and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “This was completely driven by our employees and we wanted to respond to their amazing generosity by offering a bank-match.”

Combined, The Coop donated over $5,000 to the American Red Cross of the Cape, Islands and Southeast MA.

“I’m overwhelmed by the local response of our community,” said Hilary Greene, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Cape, Islands and Southeast MA. “I’m grateful to The Coop and its employees for their generosity. Living in a coastal community, it’s important to remember to be prepared for emergencies. But, in the wake of a catastrophic storm or natural disaster, it’s amazing to see how people come together to help those in need.”

“When events like these hurricanes happen, the boundaries of our ‘community’ expand,” continued Oliver. “Our employees recognize this, and I’m proud to be a part of The Coop Team.”

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