By Joyce Dimaculangan
David A. Chase, Vice President and Commercial Lender for Hampden Bank, was recently named a recipient of the “2014 Community Bank Hero” awarded by the Banker & Tradesman. This prestigious honor recognizes dedicated business professionals who provide outstanding service to their clients, and who have gone above and beyond for the community. Mr. Chase was recently honored at an awards gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.
A native of Western Massachusetts, Mr. Chase is an active supporter of the local community and has been involved in the civic life at all levels. He held a seat on the finance committee in West Springfield and was elected as one of the city’s first councilors after the town changed its charter and shifted to a new mode of government. “That was a great experience – you were writing all the new bylaws, kind of laying the foundation for all the new councils, too,” said Chase.
Currently, he is actively involved with several organizations, including serving as a board member of the West of the River Chamber of Commerce, and he sits on the planning board of his hometown of Agawam.
In addition, considered as his most rewarding activity is volunteering with the Grey House. It is a local nonprofit that provides after-school programs for at-risk youth, adult education for new immigrants, and a food pantry. Mr. Chase prefers doing hands-on activities for Grey House. “To see the kids get a gift at Christmastime, or a turkey at Thanksgiving, it’s just great. You really see the results of your efforts,” he explained. He added that, “I told them I’d rather be on the facilities committee – I’d rather be out there raking leaves and building porches, whatever they need me to do.”