Cambridge Savings Bank, in partnership with CVS, is pleased to announce the launch of Harvard Square’s very first free outside rapid charging station.

This rapid charging station is situated at 6 JFK Street, in a CVS vestibule.

“We are delighted with this project, as it provides a public accommodation for the many students, residents and visitors who find themselves in need of a quick charge”, said Denise Jillson, executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA).  “The part of this project that especially excites us is the voluntary charitable component attached to it.  If users want to show their appreciation for the rapid charge, they can easily and safely make a donation to a featured non-profit that serves the Harvard Square community.”

The featured non-profit for the public launch is Y2Y Harvard Square, a student run homeless shelter for young adults ages 18-24 opening in November 2015.  

HSBA member, SplitNGo, adapted their restaurant technology to accept donations for Y2Y; it allows folks to make a contribution to the homeless shelter in split seconds. “When we were approached to adapt our technology to support Y2Y Harvard Square, we didn’t hesitate.” said Andres Sarmiento, founder of SplitNGo. “The challenges faced by homeless kids are so daunting and the cause is so worthy; we immediately jumped on board.”   

In addition to Cambridge Savings BankCVS,  SplitNGo, and the Harvard Square Business Association, several prominent HSBA members, including Gibson Sotheby’s International RealtyGrendel’s Den, and The Sinclair have come together to support this project.

SplitNGo is a Harvard startup designed to improve the experience in restaurants by allowing restaurant customers to pay their bill in just a few seconds. There's no need to wait for the check; patrons can use their phone and pay without having to download an app and they always keep their credit card with them!

Grendel’s Den and The Sinclair are using SplitNGo technology with great success; resulting in many happy users. Both restaurants came forward to support Y2Y Harvard Square by offering incentives to their customers who contribute.  

Jillson said, “This is another impressive example of our members working together to make lovely things happen for our entire community.”