United's Kelly Silvestri Receives Award from Highland Valley Elder Services
William H.W. Crawford, IV, Chief Executive Officer of United Bank and United Financial Bancorp, Inc., today proudly announced that Kelly Silvestri, Vice President and Area Branch Manager for United Bank, was recognized by Highland Valley Elder Services for her work in assisting protective service workers in navigating through the banking system when investigating financial exploitation of the elderly.
Silvestri, who oversees United Bank’s branches located on Russell Road in Huntington and the Westfield branch on Southampton Road, is receiving this special certificate of recognition from Highland Valley for the second time. This year’s presentation coincided with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2016.
In honoring Silvestri, Highland Valley said the following:
“As a two-time award recipient, Kelly Silvestri, Manager at United Bank, has worked tirelessly to assist Protective Service Workers in navigating through the challenges of the banking system when investigating financial exploitation. Her continued efforts have assisted workers in investigating cases in a timelier fashion, resulting in expedited assistance to elders needing help securing their funds from would-be exploiters. In addition, Kelly has been, and continues to be, a volunteer helping elders in the community with their finances, through the Highland Valley Elder Services’ Money Management Program.”
Pictured from Left to Right is Kelly Silvestri receiving the special certificate of recognition from Julie Pearce, a Protective Service Worker for Highland Valley Elder Services.
United Bank also recognized World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this year as part of their proactive efforts to prevent elder financial abuse and urge older bank customers and their caregivers to safeguard all personal information and stay alert to the common signs of financial abuse.
“On behalf of the United Bank Team, I want to congratulate Kelly for receiving this special recognition and thank her for the great work she does not only in our branches but for everything else she does in the community,” said Crawford. “The alarming fact is millions of seniors fall victim to financial fraud every year, costing the elderly nearly $3 billion each year. Fortunately, we have organizations like Highland Valley Elder Services partnering with Kelly and other dedicated volunteers to protect vulnerable seniors from exploiters, help them manage their finances and provide the resources seniors need so they do not fall victim to abuse or neglect.”
Highland Valley Elder Services is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving twenty-four communities in Hampshire and Hampden Counties of western Massachusetts. They service older adults and their families through collaboration, education, advocacy and a range of programs designed to support them where they live.