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Community Support

At Watertown Savings Bank, financial investments in our community are very important to us. We strive for excellence as an outstanding provider of financial services to help support the many groups, organizations and individuals who work to provide numerous services that benefit the North Country.

Who We Support In Our Community

  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Benefits & Fundraisers

  • Local Charities

  • Local Area Schools & Education

  • Hospital & Health Organizations

  • Local Business Development

  • Local Arts & Entertainment

  • Law Enforcement & Public Safety

  • Community Groups

  • Local Youth Activities & Events


Athlete of the Week Learn More
CONGRATULATIONS to this week's Athlete of the Week.  Watch Mel Busler's video clip here.
Heartbleed Bug Learn More
Valuable FAQ's to help protect yourself against the Heartbleed Bug.
Immaculate Heart Legacy Gala 2014 Learn More

Watertown Savings Bank President and CEO, Mark Lavarnway presents IHC’s Executive System Administrator, Chris Hornbarger with a check for $2,500 for sponsorship of The 2014 Immaculate Heart Legacy Gala.  The Legacy Gala is an annual celebration of Immaculate Heart Academy, Immaculate Heart Central Schools, and the school’s founders: the Sisters of St. Joseph of Watertown.  This year’s event brings together the fun of IHC’s traditional St. Valentine’s Day Dance, with the elegance of their former “Founders’ Day”.  Click here for details about this year’s Gala event.

Alexandria Bay Economic Summit 2014 Learn More

Dale Hunneyman, Town of Alexandria Supervisor, accepts a sponsorship donation from Skye Ryder-McCauley, Branch Manager WSB - Alexandria Bay, for the Town’s upcoming Economic Summit to be held at the Inn at Bonnie Castle in April.

Sackets Concerts on the Waterfront Learn More

Stephanie Elliott, Branch Manager of Watertown Savings Bank in Sackets Harbor presents a check for $2,500 to Kate Griffin, Co-Chair of the SHHS Concerts on the Waterfront and Jan Maas, President of the Sackets Harbor Historical Society.  Concerts on the Waterfront are held every summer Sunday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Grove at the Battlefield State Historic Site in Sackets Harbor.  For more information please visit the SHHS website.

WSB Supports Hospice with $10,000.00 Learn More

Darlene Jobson, (left) Vice President and CFO of Watertown Savings Bank and Meredith Fiorentino, (right) WSB's Business Development Officer, present a check for $10,000.00 to Diana Woodhouse, CEO of Hospice of Jefferson County.


Browse through the archives below and read about the support that we provide for the members of our North Country Community every day.

WSB Supports United Way of NNY Learn More

Bob Gorman, President & CEO of the United Way of NNY is presented with a check for $28,000.00 from Watertown Savings Bank Commercial Loan Officer, RoAnn Dermady.

WSB Supports NNY Community Foundation Learn More

April Fallon and Max DelSignore of the NNY Community Foundation are presented with a check from Watertown Savings Bank Marketing Director, John Morgia.

WSB Supports Watertown Urban Mission Learn More

Erika Flint of the Watertown Urban Mission is presented with a check from Watertown Savings Bank Commercial Loan Officer, Chuck Capone.

WSB Sponsors Ed Beerman Community Service Scholarship Learn More
Ed Beerman was not only a teacher, but a very active member of his community who believed strongly in supporting and giving back.  This year's recipients who demonstrate these qualities are Haley Babcock and Cameron Robbins of Lyme Central.  Congratulations to you both.
Joint Support for Urban Mission Food Pantry Learn More

Arsenal Wine & Liquor together with Watertown Savings Bank donated $1,235 to the Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry. The proceeds from the "Holiday of Cheer: The Taste of Giving" promotion to sell wine glasses at both businesses were presented to Erika Flint, Mission executive director, center, by Mary Miles, owner of Arsenal Wine and Liquor, left, and Andrea Kolb, branch manager for Watertown Savings Bank, right.

WSB Wins The United Way Macsherry Family Community Spirit Award Learn More
The United Way Macsherry Family Community Spirit Award is the highest honor the United Way can bestow on a business, organization or individual in the North Country.  The business selected has to clearly demonstrate consistent corporate and employee support for the values and mission of the United Way and exemplify through its employee and institutional presence and practices an over-all commitment to the betterment and well-being of the entire community.  The United Way Macsherry Family Community Spirit Award is recognition of leadership strength of the highest order in keeping with the values of the United Way and the Macsherry Family.
WSB Wins The 2012 Business Of The Year Award Learn More
The Business of the year award is presented to a business demonstrating outstanding leadership and vision, successful performance and substantial growth, serving as an inspiration to other businesses.  The award is designed to recognize and reward a Jefferson County business that has invested in the region by creating economic success in the greater Watertown area.
Teach Children To Save Day Learn More
In WSB’s effort to promote “Teaching our Children to Save” we visit several local schools on a weekly basis allowing the students to make deposits into their savings accounts through our “School Savings Program”.  The Bank has been providing this service for over a decade.  Each month one of the programs’ “Super Savers” is awarded an extra $l0.00 deposited into their account for their great efforts in savings.
Family Counseling Services of NNY - Kentucky Derby Learn More
If you can’t go to the 139th annual Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., Family Counseling Service of Northern New York hopes the next best thing will be its annual derby-themed fundraiser.  Event chairwoman Lisa A. L’Huillier said the event from 5 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Italian-American Civic Association, 192 Bellew Ave., will let participants feel like they’re at the race, as people are encouraged to wear fancy hats and drink mint juleps, and outside they will see Gunner, a horse that raced in the Belmont Stakes.  The goal is to create a fun environment that will raise money for the agency’s children’s services.
Watertown YMCA Scavenger Hunt Learn More
The Watertown Family YMCA will help families put a little spring into their step next month during the agency’s inaugural family scavenger hunt.  The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. May 18 at Thompson Park to help families achieve fun and fitness.  Each clue will lead families to a physical or mental challenge. Upon completion of the task, they will be given a coin to save until the end of the hunt. Clues will be spread throughout the park, including some within the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.
WSB Appreciation Night at the Can-Am Speedway Learn More
May 31, at the Can-Am Speedway is WSB Customer Appreciation Night.  Get in FREE simply by showing your WSB Debit or ATM card at the gate.
NYS Zoo Garden Festival Learn More
If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? You and your family to the Zoo to enjoy our first annual garden festival! Check out the numerous small garden displays maintained by area businesses, meet Master Gardeners, learn tips and tricks to maintain a healthy ecosystem in your own backyard; our month long garden festival presents the Zoo to you like never before.
DPOA Summer Concert Series Learn More
WSB is proud to continue their sponsorship and support of the DPAO's Summer Concert Series for 2013.  Click here to see the great summer lineup of entertainment.
WSB Proudly Supports The Watertown Urban Mission Learn More
Mark Lavarnway, President and CEO of Watertown Savings Bank, presents Erika Flint, Executive Director of the Urban Mission, with a donation to their ongoing capital campaign.
WSB Sponsors Jefferson County Fair Opening Parade Learn More
WSB is proud to sponsor the opening parade for the oldest operating fair in the U.S., the Jefferson County Fair.  Both the Fair and WSB have existed in Watertown since the 1800's and remain cornerstones of the community.  The Fair will run from July 9 - 14 at the Watertown Fairgrounds.   .
Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival Learn More
The Adams Revitalization Committee's village wide celebration of the agriculture and cheese making industry in Jefferson County.  Saturday, July 13th from 10 am to 4 pm..
WSB Cup Award Learn More
The Watertown Savings Bank Cup Scholarship Award was established by WSB to annually recognize both an outstanding male and female student graduating from Watertown High School.  The scholarship is presented through the NNY Community Foundation.  This year’s recipients are Siraj Sindhu and Nemesis Ruiz.  Mr. Sindhu was Valedictorian of his class and will be attending Amherst College majoring in Pre-Med/Biology.  Ms. Ruiz will be attending Marist College majoring in Business Administration.  She will be studying in Florence, Italy her first year via Marist College.   .
WSB Gives Over $2,500 To Local Schools Learn More
Last year, WSB introduced the School Spirit Debit Cards as a vehicle to educate students about how to maintain a checking account.  However, it was also a great way for those students to raise money for their school.  When a student comes in and opens a student banking account and chooses a School Spirit Debit Card, we’ll give up to $10.00 for each card chosen on each new account opened. Click here to learn more and see all of the card designs available for your school.
Ralph F. Brouty Scholarship Recipients Learn More
The first “Ralph F. Brouty Watertown Savings Bank Scholarship” has been awarded to Ashley Hall and Kate Gehrke.  Ashley attended Carthage Central and will be going to JCC for Business Administration with an interest in the fashion industry.  Kate attended high school at Belleville Henderson and is in her second year at JCC majoring in Business Administration.  Kate obtained a 4.0 for both her first and second semester at JCC and serves as captain of the woman’s soccer team.  She would like to open her own hair salon someday.  Recipients are eligible for a second year award of the same amount upon successful completion of their freshman year of college.  Ashley will receive 2 years of the Brouty Scholarship.  Kate will only receive 1 year of the Brouty Scholarship, as she is in her final year at JCC.  Preference for the scholarship is given to students pursuing a career in business, accounting or a related field.
WSB Employees Donate to Annual Food Drive Learn More
WSB employees showed up in full force at the United Way of NNY's Annual Food Drive with food by the truck load.  Read the full article in the Watertown Daily Times and see the video from WWNY - TV7.
NNY Business Magazine Article on WSB Learn More
Check out the article on WSB's new Mobile Banking product in NNY Business Magazine.   .
Watertown Urban Mission Learn More
WSB supports The Watertown Urban Mission with $1,000.00 donation.  The Watertown Urban Mission brings together about 40 member churches with local community-minded organizations, businesses and individuals to help people through difficult times with programs that feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, visit the imprisoned, give aid to the sick, and more.    .
Zoo To Doo & Holiday Lights Learn More
We like to support our local zoo and did so with a $500.00 sponsorship of their annual Zoo To Doo and Holiday Lights event which took place at the Thompson Park Zoo.
Turkey Day Run 2013 Learn More
WSB Employees took part once again in the Annual Turkey Day Run where they were awarded "Top Business Participant".
WSB Featured in National Magazine Learn More
WSB had the privilage of being featured in an article in Independent Banker Magazine.  The article discusses the success the Bank enjoyed with its 2011 Switch Simple campaign.  Click here for the full article.
Make A Child Smile Learn More

Watertown Savings Bank Branch Manager, Patti Kendall and Mike Bauter, from the Sons of the American Legion, will collect donated gifts to distribute for the Make A Child Smile initiative along with holiday food baskets to local families on Saturday Dec. 21st.

Carrie Hudson, Tori Klock and Emily Gould, employees of Watertown Savings Bank in Clayton, are excited to once again partner with the Clayton Sons of the American Legion Squadron 821 in their annual Make A Child Smile Program.  Individuals or businesses may also participate in this program by selecting a mitten, as shown in the picture and then purchase an age appropriate gift(s) for that child.  This year 152 mittens were created, representing area children with an age range of Newborn to 18 yrs.   All gifts are distributed to local families.

Santa For Seniors Learn More

Amy Moore and Heather McNitt of Watertown Savings Bank are pictured with the gifts purchased by WSB employees who participated in the Santa for Seniors program this holiday season.  44 seniors were adopted by WSB.


Supporting The Salvation Army Learn More
Watertown Savings Bank makes a donation to the Salvation Army during Old Newsboys Day.