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Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation grants totaling 16,650 to area hospitals, health & wellness initiatives

Kevin C. Merchant, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation, announced today that grants totaling $16,650 were awarded recently to community organizations dedicated to health and wellness in the communities served by the Bank.

Included in the most recent grants was a $5,000 award to the Day Kimball Hospital’s Care in a Heartbeat campaign to raise funds for a new emergency department, presented as the first installment of a five-year $25,000 pledge by the Foundation. The hospital also received $1,000 from the Foundation for its annual appeal.

Grants of $1,000 were awarded in support of annual appeals by Backus Hospital, Natchaug Hospital, and Windham Hospital. The Windham Hospital Foundation received an additional $1,000 grant to conduct a community health needs assessment. And, the Foundation gave $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Northeastern CT to purchase cabinets for a new home under construction in Brooklyn.

As a silver sponsor, the Foundation awarded $2,500 to the American Cancer Society’s 2011 Relay For Life. Another $1,000 grant will support a parent education program on children’s nutritional needs by Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, and Hospice Southeastern CT received $500 in response to their annual appeal.

The Quinebaug Valley Senior Citizens Center will use its $650 grant from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation to enhance outreach, referral and hands-on help through online access to benefits programs, with a special emphasis on assistance to veterans.  With its $650 award, The Arc of Quinebaug Valley will purchase anatomical training models to enhance their health education classes.

United Community and Family Services, in partnership with Slater Library in Jewett City, will direct its $350 award to provide a monthly story hour and art therapy experience for young children.

The grants awarded by the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation in 2011 totaled $52,300, supporting a variety of community initiatives in the Bank’s marketplace.