Charter Oak Donates $19,000 to Local Organizations

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union approved 15 grant requests in its second-quarter totaling $19,000.

“We’ve been in the community for 75 years, and have always made an effort to give back to the communities we serve,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s Chief Executive Officer. “Giving back is what we do; whether it be monetary donations to a local non-profit, employees to clean-up a park, or a donation to a member in need – Charter Oak prides itself on relationships beyond banking.”

This past quarter, 15 local groups received a financial boost through Charter Oak’s Community Giving Grants Program. Grant recipients included: FRESH New London; Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board; Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut; Higher Edge; Horses Healing Humans; Ledyard Youth and Social Services; Little Angels Program; OIC of New London County; Seabird Enterprises; Thames Area Citizen Advocacy Program, Inc.; The Arc New London County; Groton Parks and Recreation; Read to Ride, Inc.; Windham Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc.; and the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut.

Each group received a grant ranging from $500 to $2,500.

Local non-profits are welcome to apply for a third-quarter grant. Grant applications can be found at and are due by October 1, 2014.

Since the inception of Charter Oak’s Community Giving Program in 2009, it has disbursed nearly $900,000 to local organizations, non-profits, college students, and members in need. For more information, visit

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