Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced today that a total of $10,000 has been awarded to four local libraries by the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.
The awards, part of the Foundation’s annual giving program that totaled $84,850 in 2015, cover a variety of facility and program enhancements.
A $5,000 grant to the Slater Library in Jewett City, made in addition to a $1,000 annual support award, will help fund the necessary replacement of the Library’s oil tank, and the Foundation’s $2,500 award to Moosup’s Aldrich Free Public Library will help install a new handicapped accessible entrance ramp.
The patrons of the Sterling Public Library will be offered outreach programs for children, made possible by a $1,000 Foundation grant, and members of the Voluntown Public Library’s LEGO® building club will find new robotic materials purchased with a $500 Foundation gift.
“Our libraries are an important part of community life,” said Merchant. “We are pleased to be able to help them meet the needs of our friends and neighbors.”
The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded grants totaling $5,100 to four area social services agencies. Announcement of the awards was made today by Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.
In Jewett City, the Griswold Senior Center will use the Foundation’s $2,600 award to offer special Tai-Chi classes designed to improve balance and reduce the incidence of serious falls among the senior population.
United Services in Dayville will apply its $1,000 grant from the Foundation toward the installation of security cameras at the emergency domestic violence shelter in Danielson. The Brooklyn Parks and Recreation Department will also dedicate its $500 grant toward the purchase of surveillance cameras for the Teen Center.
The Foundation’s $1,000 award to The ARC of Quinebaug Valley will cover leasing expenses for The ARC’s new Redemption Center in Putnam, a revenue-generating facility that will also provide employment opportunities for clients.
According to Merchant, Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation grants totaling $84,850 were awarded in 2015 to a variety of nonprofit organizations serving communities in the Bank’s market area.
Six local food pantries recently received grants totaling $15,800 from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.
The awards were made to pantries that serve residents in need of assistance in communities served by the Bank. They included the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson, Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London, Preston City Congregational Church, St. Mary Food Pantry in Jewett City, Town of Pomfret Food Pantry, and the Project PIN Food Pantry in Moosup.
Project PIN, which provides food to nearly 900 individuals a month, will use its $4,300 donation from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation to purchase additional refrigeration appliances at its location in the basement of All Hallows School in Moosup. In Danielson, the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry will purchase not only food but also diapers with its $2,000 award.
The Foundation’s $1,500 gift to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London will be used to support the Center’s mobile food pantry program, which serves an average of 1,000 households each month at its distribution sites including Jewett City.
The additional awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000 each, will all be used to purchase food for existing programs in the communities they serve.
“The food pantries in our area are vital resources for those who have no place else to turn,” said Kevin Merchant, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation. “We are proud to partner with these organizations to help assure that no one goes without, especially at this time of year.”
For the second consecutive year, Jewett City Savings Bank is a Gold Award winner, named as the 2015 Best Community Bank in Connecticut by readers of The Commercial Record. The annual competition measures the loyalty and satisfaction that readers of the prominent trade publication have with providers of services in the financial and real estate industries.
Winners of the Gold Award, the highest rank in each service category surveyed, are considered to be a perfect example for others in their field in terms of performance and service.
“The recognition of Jewett City Savings Bank as the Best Community Bank again this year is truly an honor,” said Kevin Merchant, president and CEO. “It proves to us that putting customers and community first is the ideal way for a hometown bank to live up to, and exceed, expectations.
“Being named The Best at what we do is rewarding; it reflects our ongoing commitment and dedication to those we serve. We are grateful to the readers of The Commercial Record for their endorsement and their confidence.”
Alberts, a Connecticut State Representative in the 50th District and former United States Air Force Captain, has an exceptional track record of service and advocacy. He also has built a distinguished career in the financial services industry, spanning nearly 30 years, working with both small and large institutions in Connecticut.
He joins Jewett City Savings Bank from Citizens Bank, where he served as Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing new and existing commercial banking relationships and supervising the commercial lending department.
“We are delighted to welcome Mike to the Jewett City Savings Bank team. His strong leadership of the commercial lending team and knowledge of the local business community will be invaluable in helping Jewett City Savings Bank carry out our mission of helping strengthen local businesses,” said Kevin Merchant, President and CEO.
To help restore a 20-year tradition in the Town of Griswold, Jewett City Savings Bank donated $2,000 for the installation of a new chime system. The donation was made in collaboration with community residents who raised an additional $2,000 toward the purchase of the system.
Originally installed in 1995, the centrally located chime system is housed in the bell tower of the Jewett City Baptist Church. In November 2014, the chimes stopped working and Jewett City Savings Bank donated $250 to have the system shipped to Ohio for repairs. When the Town determined that purchasing a new system would be more cost-effective, Jewett City Savings Bank agreed to contribute half the cost of the new system provided that town residents were on board with the purchase. To raise the additional funds, the Jewett City Fire Department held a boot drive collecting donations from people and raised the additional $2,000.
The installation of the new chime system was completed the week of July 6th, with the official unveiling of the system on Monday, July 13th.
“Jewett City Savings Bank is pleased to do our part to help bring the chimes back to downtown Jewett City and to witness another great example of the local community coming together to support a proud tradition,” said Kevin Merchant, President and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.
Funds used to support a variety of events to bring local people together
Jewett City Savings Bank announced a $20,000 donation to support the Griswold Bicentennial. The donation will be used toward a variety of events and activities designed to bring local people together to celebrate the Town of Griswold’s proud history. The sponsorship includes the fireworks display over Ashland Pond on August 15th, the Bicentennial Gala Ball on September 13th, and the House Decorating Contest in December.
“As your Hometown Bank, Jewett City Savings Bank has always been dedicated to supporting the events that help strengthen our local communities. We’re proud to be a part of Griswold’s 200th year celebration and to be right here to help local people connect and prosper,” said Kevin C. Merchant, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Recently, our customers were introduced to a new and improved Online and Mobile Banking experience.
Current Online Banking Customers
Your user name, password and personal image will remain the same in the upgraded system. Before accessing the upgraded system for the first time, you will be asked to read and accept the Online Banking Agreement. You will also be asked to update your email address.
Here are some of the new features you will find when you log in to the new Jewett City Savings Bank Online Banking service:
Manage your money
Use “Manage My Money,” our robust budgeting and personal finance management tool to get a clearer picture of how, and where, you spend your money.
Customize your homepage
Use the available modules to customize your Online Banking experience.
Make bank-to-bank transfers
Have accounts outside of Jewett City Savings Bank? Now you can transfer funds between financial institutions quickly, easily and conveniently.
Make JCSB Loan Payments
Ensure your Jewett City Savings Bank loan payments are made on time, every time by making an immediate payment from your Jewett City Savings Bank deposit account. Other payment scheduling options are also available.
Sign up for estatements
Cut down on the paper and increase the security of your account information by signing up to receive your statements through Online Banking.
Look for the (?) symbol or the help videos that are available throughout Online Banking. You can also contact Online Banking Customer Support toll-free at 1-877-864-5189 at any time for assistance.
Plus … Go Mobile
With the upgrade we introduced new mobile banking apps for Apple® and Android® devices. Simply visit the Apple App Store or Google Play® to download the app to your smart phone or other compatible device. (Please note, message and data rates may apply – check with your carrier for details.)
Our library of Online Banking video demos will walk you through many of the primary functions and features available in Online Banking. You will find them all here and also within the Online Banking service in the applicable module.
The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation is now accepting 2015 grant applications from local 501(c)(3), 170(c)(1), and other qualified non-profit organizations in the communities Jewett City Savings Bank serves. The process is part of Jewett City’s long-standing tradition of providing support to the local organizations that help strengthen our neighborhoods.
Guidelines and grant applications for 2015 are available online at jcsbank.com and at all offices of Jewett City Savings Bank. Completed applications must be received no later than August 31, 2015 with funding awarded by December 31, 2015.
Grants, available up to a maximum of $5,000, may be awarded for existing program support, general support, special projects, and/or start-up endeavors covering a variety of issues impacting the community. Specific amounts will be determined by demonstrated needs and existing resources of each organization. The Foundation does not provide funding for individuals, sports, individual schools or religious groups.
In 2014, Jewett City achieved another year of record growth in charitable giving, providing more than $60,000 in grants to help local non-profits, including emergency services organizations, food pantries, and health and educational institutions. With these contributions, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 since its inception in 2003.
“We understand how important local non-profit organizations are to the health and vitality of our communities and through the Foundation are committed to providing the financial support they need to carry out their missions,” said Kevin Merchant, president and CEO. “It’s one of our most important responsibilities as the hometown bank.”