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$1,500 in grants from Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation will help local health initiatives

stethescopeThe Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $1,500 to help two local nonprofit organizations fulfill their goals of improving the quality of life for area residents.

The ARC of Quinebaug Valley, Inc. received a $1,000 grant to acquire items needed to provide exercise and nutrition health education curriculum to individuals with life-affecting disabilities.

The ECHO Cancer Foundation will use its $500 grant to help defray the costs of coffee and healthy snacks provided daily by volunteers to cancer patients arriving for medical care and treatment.

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded nearly $50,000 to area non-profit organizations this year, said Kevin C. Merchant, president of the Foundation. In the 10 years since it was established, the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has provided almost $450,000 to support communities served by the Bank, with over $134,000 going to social and health services.