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Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Announces Grants to Support Five Connecticut Food Pantries

Five Connecticut food pantries awarded a total of $11,500 in grants to provide critical food items to needy residents and improve pantry facilities

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $11,500 in grants to five Connecticut food pantries to purchase much-needed food and related items for those in need and to support the pantries’ additional programming to extend their reach into their service areas. These grants will help local food pantries achieve their mission of reducing food insecurity in eastern Connecticut.

The five food pantries receiving grants are Preston City Congregational Church, St. Mary Food Pantry, Town of Pomfret Food Pantry, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, and the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry, Inc.

Preston City Congregational Church, located in Preston, received a $2,500 award to provide basic food needs and items for holiday meals to local families, as well as certificates to local farmer’s markets.

Located in Jewett City, St. Mary Food Pantry received a $5,000 award, with $2,800 designated to purchase and install a much-needed propane tank to ensure generator-driven power to the pantry’s refrigeration unit during power failures. The remaining funds will be used to purchase food for those in need. The pantry serves residents of Griswold, Jewett City, Lisbon, Voluntown and surrounding towns.

The Town of Pomfret Food Pantry was awarded a $500 grant to provide food and basic needs to the town’s residents requiring assistance.

Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center of New London received a $1,500 award to support their Mobile Food Pantry’s scheduled distribution dates in the Town of Griswold. Each year, the Food Center distributes more than two million pounds of donated, surplus food to nearly 100 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, child care centers, community meal sites, and programs for the elderly. These member agencies in turn provide food and meals to 20,000 men, women and children throughout New London County each month.

The Friends of Assisi Food Pantry, Inc. in Danielson was awarded a $2,000 grant to continue the organization’s diaper donation program, distribute farmer’s market vouchers, and provide pantry support staff. The pantry serves residents of the Killingly, Danielson and Brooklyn areas.

These donations are part of Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation’s commitment to help improve the resources of food pantries in local high-need communities. In the past year, the Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 to help 38 local nonprofit organizations carry out their missions. According to Kevin Merchant, Foundation President, since its inception ten years ago the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to support organizations in its service area.

Food Pantry Coordinators (L-R); Stella Dawley, Laurie Waldron, Betsy Hopkins and Harriet Rosiene (not pictured) with Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation President, Kevin Merchant.

Food Pantry Coordinators (L-R); Stella Dawley, Laurie Waldron, Betsy Hopkins and Harriet Rosiene (not pictured) with Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation President, Kevin Merchant.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Grants to Support Connecticut Health Services Agencies

Five Connecticut health services agencies awarded a total of $6,760 in grants to create healthier communities

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $6,760 in grants to five Connecticut health services agencies to help fund community programs and create healthier communities throughout the region. The five Connecticut health services agencies are United Services Inc. ($1,500), Interfaith Human Services of Putnam ($1,000), Center for Hospice Care Southeast CT ($1,000), Safe Futures Inc. ($1,000) and United Community and Family Services Inc. ($2,260).

With a main office in Dayville and serving northeastern Connecticut, United Services Inc. was awarded $1,500 to help fund the agency’s Parent Support Group at the Center for Autism. United Services is one of Connecticut’s most comprehensive private, nonprofit behavioral health centers, providing mental and behavioral health education, prevention, treatment and social services to the adults, children, families and businesses of northeastern Connecticut since 1964.

Interfaith Human Services of Putnam was awarded $1,000 by the Foundation to expand the agency’s cloth diaper program and to provide potty training kits to families. IHSP is a human services organization serving those in need in the greater Putnam area.

Located in Norwich, the Center for Hospice Care Southeast Conn. was awarded $1,000 to provide support to the Special Care Fund, which gives assistance for emergency family needs, special therapies and services to patients, as well as bereavement counseling. The Center has spent more than 25 years providing quality care for people with life-limiting illnesses and support for their loved ones before and after death.

Safe Futures Inc. is based in New London and was awarded a $1,000 grant to provide the Healthy Relationships program to high school students at Griswold High School in spring 2015. Safe Futures strives to save lives, restore hope and change the future for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault in southeastern Connecticut.

Based in Norwich, United Community and Family Services Inc. was awarded a $2,260 grant to provide funding for dental supplies for the uninsured clients of their Mobile Dental Suite in Griswold and Plainfield, and to increase awareness of the program with new marketing materials. For more than 130 years, United Community and Family Services has been providing healthcare and community services to Norwich and the surrounding areas.

These donations are part of Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation’s commitment to help improve the resources and programming for health services agencies in high-need communities. In the past year, the Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 to help 38 local nonprofit organizations carry out their missions. According to Kevin Merchant, Foundation President, since its inception ten years ago the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to support organizations in its service area.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Announces Grants to Improve Library Services in Jewett City and Voluntown

Slater Library and Voluntown Public Library awarded a total of $3,500 to improve technology and expand resources for library patrons

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $3,500 in grants to two local libraries: Slater Library in Jewett City and Voluntown Public Library.

Slater Library was awarded a $2,500 Foundation grant to dedicate a reading room as a young adult section of the library. The grant will be used to provide four tablet devices and a special tablet workstation in the young adult section, as well as supplement the young adult section with a permanent collection of classic literature that is typically required reading for students. The library is located at 26 Main Street in Jewett City.

The Town of Voluntown Public Library received a grant of $1,000 to expand their museum pass program to include Old Sturbridge Village, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and an additional day pass for Connecticut state parks and forests. The remaining funds will be used to enhance the library’s Connecticut history section with additional books on the state’s history and lore. The library is located at 107 Main Street in Voluntown.

These donations are part of Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation’s commitment to help improve the resources available to the residents of its local communities. In the past year, the Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 to help 38 local nonprofit organizations carry out their missions. According to Kevin Merchant, Foundation President, since its inception ten years ago the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to support organizations in its service area.

Jewett City Savings Bank observes America Saves Week

AmericaSavesWeek2015Fee waiver, free duffle bags

As part of America Saves Week 2015, which takes place this year from February 23 through 28, Jewett City Savings Bank hopes to encourage people to establish and reach their savings goals.

“Setting a goal, making a plan, and saving automatically is a great way to start,” said Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

During America Saves Week, Jewett City Savings Bank will offer new savings accounts and waive the minimum balance service fee for six months, giving consumers time to achieve the minimum balance by saving just $8 per week. New savings account customers will also receive a Jewett City Savings Bank duffle bag (while supplies last.) Those opening a new savings account for a minor will receive a free piggy bank. New accounts can be opened at any Jewett City Savings Bank location.

“Fewer than half of Americans have good savings habits, and we hope these incentives will make people think more about the importance of saving, and realize the difference a successful savings habit can make,” said Merchant.

“The goal of America Saves Week is to change that statistic for the better.”

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. Typically thousands of organizations across the country participate in the Week each year, reaching millions of people.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $13,450 to 11 Fire Departments and Ambulance Companies

Local fire departments and ambulance services receive much-needed support for training, community education, materials and equipment

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $13,450 in grants to 11 local fire departments and ambulance services in northeastern Connecticut, an area where many departments are volunteer-based and lack the funds to provide additional training and updated equipment.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation is proud to provide grants to the following emergency services providers:

  • Pomfret Fire Department: $700 to fund a community first aid course
  • A. A. Young Jr. Hose and Ladder Company in Jewett City: $1,100 to purchase a G-450 multi-gas detector
  • Central Village Fire Company: $1,200 to purchase new fire hose fittings and adapters
  • Preston City Volunteer Fire Department and Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department in Preston each received $1,250 for new feedback-capable CPR training mannequins
  • Sterling Volunteer Fire Company: $800 to update facilities with new tables for training
  • Atwood Hose Fire Company in Wauregan: $1,200 to purchase a four-gas meter with calibration kit and charger
  • American Legion Ambulance of Moosup: $2,500 to purchase a chest compression system
  • Plainfield Fire Company: $1,200 for materials and equipment for a new training facility
  • Voluntown Volunteer Fire Co.: $1,550 for EMT medical bags and hoods and gloves for firefighters
  • Oneco Fire Company: $700 for new fire department equipment

These donations are part of Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation’s commitment to help improve the resources available to organizations that provide vital services in its local communities. In the past year, the Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 to help 38 local nonprofit organizations carry out their missions. According to Kevin Merchant, Foundation President, since its inception ten years ago the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to support organizations in its service area.

United Community & Family Services Awarded More Than $2,000 from JCSB Foundation

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has granted $2,260 to United Community & Family Services, Inc. (UCFS) of Norwich. A non-profit health and human services agency, UCFS provides medical, women’s, dental, and behavioral health services, as well as substance abuse and gambling addiction services.

The Foundation’s donation will be used to provide dental supplies for uninsured clients of the organization’s new Mobile Dental Suite in Griswold and Plainfield, and to create marketing materials to increase awareness of the dental health services in the local communities.

The donation is part of Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation’s commitment to making quality health care accessible in high-need communities. In the past year, the Foundation awarded more than $60,000 to help 38 local non-profit organizations carry out their missions. According to Kevin Merchant, Foundation President, since its inception 10 years ago, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to local non-profit and community based organizations, underscoring its long-term commitment to philanthropy.

(L-R) Paula Sinko, hygienist and Heidi Simmons, Plainfield Site Coordinator of UCFS.

(L-R) Paula Sinko, hygienist and Heidi Simmons, Plainfield Site Coordinator of UCFS.

(L-R) Paula Sinko, hygienist and Heidi Simmons, Plainfield Site Coordinator of UCFS; with Kevin Merchant, President Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.

(L-R) Paula Sinko, hygienist and Heidi Simmons, Plainfield Site Coordinator of UCFS; with Kevin Merchant, President Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.

(L-R) Heidi Simmons, Plainfield Site Coordinator at UCFS with Erin Good and Whitney Allen, Americorps members.

(L-R) Heidi Simmons, Plainfield Site Coordinator at UCFS with Erin Good and Whitney Allen, Americorps members.

Nevaeh Miller, dental patient at UCFS.

Nevaeh Miller, dental patient at UCFS.

Jewett City Savings Bank wins ‘Best Community Bank’ honors

CRBest_Gold_14Jewett City Savings Bank has captured The Commercial Record’s 2014 Gold Award as the Best Community Bank in Connecticut. The Gold Award is a measure of the loyalty and satisfaction that readers of the trade publication have with providers of services in the financial and real estate industries.

The reader survey results rated Jewett City Savings Bank highest among similar financial institutions in terms of performance and services, and for setting an example for the rest of the state.

“This is certainly an honor for us,” said Kevin Merchant, president and CEO. “It validates our position as a true hometown bank in the communities we serve, and rewards our efforts for always striving to be the best we can be.”

Infinex Sales Assistant Position Available

Jewett City Savings Bank is seeking a part-time Infinex Sales Assistant to provide administrative support to the Infinex Executive.  The normal schedule is Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Calling existing Infinex clients to schedule periodic reviews.
  • Scheduling and confirming all client appointments, pulling client files prior to meeting, rescheduling as necessary and following up with prospects.
  • Processing all new account paperwork.  Verifying paperwork is complete, setting up client file, sending documentation to Infinex and investment company, and processing and verifying fund transfers.
  • Working with Bank staff to encourage investment referrals and coordinating Infinex training.
  • Providing client services as requested by clients including account changes (beneficiary, address, name, etc.), date of death values, transaction histories, cost basis, and tax information.
  • Completing and distributing reports including referral tracking, contest reporting, referral fee reports and check deposit and securities blotter.
  • Tracking and updating referrals as they occur on Infinet-online.

Qualified candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and at least 6 months of clerical experience.  Other required skills include attention to detail, customer service orientation, strong communication, organizational and computer skills.  Must pass criminal background check including fingerprinting.  Must be able to operate standard office equipment including computer terminal.  May be required to work extended or weekend hours on occasion.

AA/EEO employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Send your resume and Application for Employment to jobs@jcsbank.com (not a secure email).

Or, mail your submission to:

Human Resources Department
Jewett City Savings Bank
PO Box 335
Jewett City, CT 06351

 

 

Griswold & Jewett City Snowflake Festival

JCSB MarchersThe Griswold & Jewett City Snowflake Festival will be on Sunday, November 23, 2014. The Snowflake Festival begins at 2:00 p.m. with a parade that starts at the Griswold Public School grounds.  The parade will head down Slater Avenue, turn north on to Main Street, then turn on to Ashland Street and end at Veterans’ Memorial Park.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in the parade and take their seats in the gazebo in the park.  Children will have the chance to visit with Santa, so make sure to bring your camera.

The Childrens’ Decorating Contest will be held in the front parking lot at Jewett City Savings Bank. Children who are 10 years of age or younger and are residents of Griswold or Jewett City may decorate their bike, wagon, or baby carriage and enter the decorating contest.  All contestants must be at the bank parking lot with a parent or guardian to complete a registration form by 1:30 p.m. to be included in the contest judging.  The winner will be announced at the park at the conclusion of the parade and must be present to win.  The children that participate in the decorating contest will join the parade and walk the parade route from the bank to the park.  At the park, contestants will have a priority line to see Santa.

The Childrens’ Decorating Contest has a first, second and third place prize awarded in three age groups. This year’s first place prize winner will receive $50 from the Jewett City Savings Bank!

Jewett City Savings Bank employees will also be in the park with free hot chocolate while it lasts. Hope to see you at the Snowflake Festival this year!

Online Banking System Update

Our Online Banking system has been updated to mitigate the risks associated with the SSLv3 POODLE exploit.  You can learn more about the SSLv3 vulnerability in Microsoft Security Advisory 3009008.

Internet browsers that are vulnerable, like Internet Explorer 6 or earlier, will no longer be supported for use with Online Banking.  If you experience any difficulty logging in, you may be using an unsupported browser.

To use our Online Banking service, it is recommended that you use one of the following supported browsers:

Windows OS

  • Chrome 29 and above
  • Firefox 23 and above
  • Internet Explorer 8 and above

 

Macintosh OS

  • Safari 5 and above

 

Visit our Online Banking Security and Technical Support page for more information.