Employees targeted organizations dedicated to alleviating hunger and homelessness. Those organizations receiving grants were: Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, No Freeze Hospitality Center, Holy Family Home Shelter and Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic, Friends of Assisi Food Pantry and Community Kitchens of NE CT, Inc. in Danielson, Reliance House and TVCCA Shelter for the Homeless in Norwich, and Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality. Also receiving funds were: East Lyme Caring and Sharing, St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Jewett City, Senior Nutrition Program, Meals on Wheels in Bozrah, East Hampton Volunteer Food Bank, Tolland Senior Services, Enfield Food Shelf, Town of South Windsor Food Bank, New London Community Meal Center and Rutland Open Door Mission in Rutland, VT.
In announcing the grant recipients, William Anderson, Senior Vice President, said, “We are pleased and proud of generosity shown by our employees who continue to assist the less fortunate in the communities we serve.”
The Caring & Giving program makes quarterly grants since its inception in 1998. Bank employees created the program as a way of self-directing their yearly charitable contributions. For the year 2009, employees pledged, and will award, more than $17,600 to assist organizations that address such issues as families in need, hunger and homelessness, helping the elderly and assisting individuals with disabilities or special needs.