(WATERTOWN, NY) – The Volunteer Transportation Center, Inc. (VTC) is proud to announce it has received $5,000 from Watertown Savings Bank in support of events the nonprofit organization will host in 2020. The funding from the local financial institution will be recognized with Underwriter Level sponsorship of all VTC events this year and will benefit services provided by the organization across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

“The Volunteer Transportation Center helps so many individuals in our community,” said Mark R. Lavarnway, President and Chief Executive Officer of Watertown Savings Bank. “We’re proud to support the work they do and the partnership we’ve developed with them.”

“We greatly appreciate Watertown Savings Bank’s continued support of our mission to help those facing transportation challenges here in the North Country,” said Sam Purington, Executive Director of the VTC. “Without their support, the impact we and our volunteer drivers make would be greatly limited. The importance of their support cannot be overstated.”

“Watertown Savings Bank is a trusted community partner and one we at the Volunteer Transportation Center value greatly,” said VTC Foundation Director Jeremiah S. Papineau. “Their support will be recognized throughout the year at our events, like our next event, the 21st Annual North Country Chili Cook-Off.”

The cook-off will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown, and feature 30 amateur and professional chefs who will compete for great prizes. The competition begins at 11 a.m. and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. For more information about the cook-off, visit www.VolunteerTransportationCenter.org.

“The cook-off is just one example of where Watertown Savings Bank will be recognized in 2020,” said Mr. Papineau. “Through their financial support of the VTC, they will serve as an Underwriter for our Posh Purse Palooza this May, our golf tournament in St. Lawrence County in July, our golf tournament in Lewis County in September and our Mac and Cheese Cook-Off in Potsdam this November, just to name a few events. We cannot thank them enough for their support.”


Established in downtown Watertown in 1893, Watertown Savings Bank offers a wide range of products with a focus on free depository accounts, competitive loan rates and local decision making. They retain the largest deposit market share, top mortgage lending share and recognition as the top commercial lender in Jefferson County. The Bank also offers on-line, mobile and electronic services for both personal account holders and commercial entities.

Recognized as the Top Community Supporter in New York State in 2017 by Banking New York magazine, Watertown Savings Bank is the largest charitable donor among all financial institutions in the area which is made possible by their strong and loyal customer base. The bank supports local non-profit and charitable organizations throughout the North Country with a philanthropic mindset second to none in our community.

For more information about Watertown Savings Bank, visit www.WatertownSavingsBank.com.


The Volunteer Transportation Center, Inc. (VTC), established in 1991, drives thousands of miles each year assisting community members in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. Over the last 20 years, this essential non-profit organization has provided rides to health care appointments, grocery shopping, and other destinations for residents.

In 2018, our volunteer drivers provided over 414,558 miles of transportation in Jefferson County alone, and over 777,123 miles across Northern New York. Data from 2019 is currently being compiled.

The staff, Board of Directors and volunteer drivers look forward to a time when transportation to community activities and services is accessible to all North Country residents regardless of economic or specialized needs. But for now the mission drives on — striving to provide transportation to health, wellness and critical needs destinations utilizing volunteers and mobility management for anyone who has barriers to transportation.

For more information about how you can help the Volunteer Transportation Center, about its upcoming events, or to become a volunteer driver, contact the agency at 315-788-0422. To learn more, visit www.VolunteerTransportationCenter.org.

CAPTION: Chad McKee, representing Watertown Savings Bank, presents a check to Jeremiah S. Papineau, Foundation Director for the Volunteer Transportation Center. The local financial institution presented the VTC with $5,000 in support of the services it provides in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.