YMCA Veteran at the Helm in Waltham



Free Movie Night. Waltham YMCA

At Belmont Savings Bank (“BSB”), we care about the people, local shops, nonprofit organizations and family-owned businesses that comprise the vibrant towns we serve. The missions and endeavors of these individuals and organizations enrich and inspire us daily. As a thank you for the hard work, diligence and ingenuity, we’re dedicating a series of blog posts to spotlight some of individuals behind the programs, events and businesses that make these towns special.


Her post in Waltham began in October and with her enthusiasm and warm demeanor, she seems to be settling right in. Tarlecky is excited about her new role and the opportunity to explore a new region of the country with her two young daughters, who are also active in the community and regulars at the YMCA. Her oldest daughter will attend kindergarten at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in the fall.

Tarlecky notes that each YMCA is reflective of the community in which it is located. “The core programs and the mission are the same, but the Y has the ability to morph and meet the needs of the individual community,” she reveals. I get personal pleasure out of seeing it develop.”

The YMCA in Waltham has a laser focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in the surrounding towns including Waltham, Lexington, Watertown, Belmont and Arlington. Tarlecky, an avid traveler, is dedicated to the organization’s mission and genuinely cares about the community.

It’s only fitting that a community-driven organization would partner with another mainstay in the community to provide events designed to enrich and engage area residents. “Belmont Savings Bank is a huge partner to us,” Tarlecky shares. “They help us provide free events to the community. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to do that.”

A few of the free events designed to draw residents into the community are the Halloween Spooktacular, complete with a haunted maze and prizes; the Holiday Extravaganza featuring Santa reading a story to the children; and ongoing Tuesday evening events.

Three employees from the bank serve on the YMCA Board of Trustees, supplying invaluable guidance, feedback and fundraising support. The bank offers Waltham Community Rewards Checking accounts, designed to fund programs at the YMCA. When an individual opens one of these accounts, the account owner and the YMCA receive matching gifts of $50 from the bank. In addition, 0.25% of the account’s annual interest goes to the YMCA.*

The funds go to the YMCA’s Annual Support Account, which provides financial assistance to members of the community. Last year the organization gifted $275,000 in direct financial assistance. “This was made possible by our donors, including Belmont Savings,” Tarlecky said.

Do your children take swimming lessons or attend summer camp at the Y? A great way to give back while just going through your everyday routine is to open a Waltham Community Rewards Checking account at Belmont Savings and enjoy no ATM surcharges, free basic checks, a bonus $50, and more. For more details, CLICK HERE

*For both you and the Waltham YMCA to earn $50, you must sign up for direct deposit or apply for a debit card or enroll in online banking. The $50 will be credited to your Waltham Community Rewards Checking account and a $50 contribution will be made to the Waltham YMCA within 90 days following the addition of direct deposit, a completed debit card application or enrollment in online banking.  Offer can be withdrawn at any time.

**Each statement cycle the Waltham Community Rewards Checking is inactive, all ATM surcharges for that statement cycle will apply. To avoid a $25.00 monthly service charge, the account must be active. Waltham Community Rewards Checking is considered active with direct deposit or $2500 average daily balance or 5 debit card POS (pinned or signature) transactions that post and settle during the statement  cycle or 5 third party cleared checks per monthly statement cycle or five online bill payments during the monthly statement cycle. .25% annual interest is calculated on the average monthly balance of all Waltham Community Rewards Checking accounts and paid semiannually (June & December) to the Waltham YMCA. Customers will be notified semi-annually (June & December) of theamount donated from their account. A $250.00 minimum deposit (new money only) required to open a Waltham Community Rewards Checking account.