When Carol Bickford recently retired from New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp after 37 years of dedicated service, most recently as the Senior Vice President and Retail Lending Officer, the Board of Directors for Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) opted to honor the valued employee with a donation of five thousand dollars to the nonprofit of her choice. Bickford selected Lakes Region Community Developers (LRCD).
In her role, Bickford led the highly skilled teams of mortgage specialists at Meredith Village Savings Bank, Merrimack County Savings Bank and Savings Bank of Walpole to offer personal, tailored support for individual mortgage needs, including construction lending, second homes, unusual homes and first-time home buyers.
“Carol’s work made a significant difference for MVSB, our customers and our community,” noted Moe Lafreniere, Chair of the Board for Meredith Village Savings Bank. “I’m not surprised by her choice of organization to support. LRCD does great work throughout the Lakes Region to make sure everyone has a healthy home. Because of her decades of work in helping people purchase homes, Carol appreciates the joy and confidence that comes with having a healthy and stable place to live. She has supported financial education and programs that help people of all economic situations throughout her decades with our organization.”
“We are so grateful to Carol and the Board of MVSB for this donation,” said Carmen Lorentz, Executive Director of LRCD. “Carol has been an amazing advocate and partner for many years, helping us to create affordable housing, provide transitional housing and supports for homeless families, develop new types of real estate to respond to local community needs, and empower families to succeed.”
Lakes Region Community Developers helps the Lakes Region thrive by developing healthy homes, creating vibrant community assets and engaging residents. Founded in 1988 as the Laconia Area Community Land Trust, LRCD has developed 365 healthy and affordable rental homes in Ashland, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Tilton and Wolfeboro. In 2017, LRCD expanded their mission to include new types of real estate development and new programming that empowers residents to effect positive change in their communities. For more information, visit lrcommunitydevelopers.org.