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Photo Included Kevin C. Merchant
President and Chief Executive Officer
JEWETT CITY, CONNECTICUT, January 30, 2020… The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation
has awarded $21,200 in grants to support 16 organizations dedicated to healthcare and social
services. The grants were announced by Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings
“The Foundation is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all members of the
communities we serve. We’re happy to help these vital organizations carry out their missions to help
people live healthier, more prosperous lives,” said Merchant.
Among the donations were grants to three healthcare organizations totaling $6,500. Receiving a
$5,000 grant was Norwich-based United Community & Family Services. The donation marks the
third annual installment of a $25,000 contribution to the organization’s capital campaign for the
Griswold Health Center.
The Foundation also awarded $1,500 in grants for two annual appeals, including $1,000 to Day
Kimball Hospital in Putnam and $500 to the Center for Hospice Care in Norwich.
Social Services Organizations
A total of $14,700 was awarded to 13 social services organizations. Griswold PRIDE (Partnership to
Reduce the Influence of Drugs for Everyone) received $2,000 to help fund its medicine collection
program as well as a mobile collection event to prevent the abuse and misuse of unused prescription
To help low-income families, the Foundation awarded a $1,500 grant to Interfaith Human Services
of Putnam for its Diaper Bank and other programs. Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center also received
a grant of $1,500 to help prevent homelessness through mortgage assistance, rental assistance, and
funding for security deposits. Other grants to support low-income individuals and families included
a $1,200 grant to the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) of Jewett City to
provide winter boots to children; a $1,000 grant to the First Congregational Church of Griswold to
provide free Saturday breakfasts; and a $1,000 grant to Tommy Toy Fund of Norwich to provide
Christmas toys for children in Eastern Connecticut.
Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Awards $21.2K to Local Healthcare and Social Services Organizations
To help veterans, $1,000 grants were awarded to A Reason to Ride, Inc., of Jewett City to assist with
rent, utility, and medical expenses; and the Town of Plainfield Recreation Department for the
Veterans Coffeehouse and other emergency needs funding.
Grants to support senior care included $1,000 to the Griswold Senior Center to provide Tai-Chi
classes, and $1,000 to Quinebaug Valley Senior Citizens Center to help seniors with limited
resources participate in fitness and training classes.
Additional grants included $1,000 to Northeast Placement Services in Woodstock to help fund the
construction of a new barn workspace, as well as $1,000 to Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment
Group (TEEG) to provide camperships for its All-Star Adventure Program. In addition, a $500
grant was made to The Arc Eastern Connecticut to purchase weighted blankets and swing chairs for
individuals at their Danielson location living with autism.
During this most recent round of funding, the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded 66
grants totaling $77,000 to 56 local organizations. With these most recent donations, the Foundation
has donated more than $900,000 in grants since it was established in 2003.
Jewett City Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank operating full-service offices in Jewett City,
Brooklyn, Dayville, Pawcatuck, Plainfield, and Preston, with online banking services at
Established in 1873, the Bank was voted Best Bank in Windham County by readers of The Bulletin in
2019 and the Best Community Bank in Connecticut by readers of The Commercial Record in 2019,
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
Members of the Plainfield Veterans Coffeehouse (L-R) Bob Lalumiere, Ted Dumaine, Bob Plankey
and Rudy Trahan presented a plaque to Dianne Chiavarini, Branch Manager of the Plainfield office,
in appreciation of their grant provided by the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.