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Jewett City Savings Bank Joins America Saves Week

America Saves Week-Badge_2016As part of America Saves Week 2016, scheduled for February 22 – 27, 2016 Jewett City Savings Bank is spreading the saving message by promoting automatic savings to help people reach their savings goals.

America Saves Week is a great opportunity to help people in our community save by Setting a Goal, Making a Plan, and Saving Automatically,” 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 tote bag.  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.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the America Savings Education Council.  The Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Aids Arts, Education and Cultural Initiatives

Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced today that the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded grants totaling $6,000 to help meet the needs of six area nonprofit organizations serving those in the Bank’s marketplace. The awards will support initiatives including educational programs for area youth, preservation projects in local communities, and performing arts opportunities available to residents throughout the region.

Recipients of $1,000 awards included Safe Futures of New London, which will use its grant to continue its Healthy Relationships violence prevention programs for students at Griswold High School, and Griswold Partnership to Reduce the Influence of Drugs for Everyone will use its grant to fund general outreach programs.

The Finnish American Heritage Society in Canterbury will apply its Foundation grant to replacing the temperature control system in the archive for the preservation of historical publications, and the Preston Historical Society will use its grant to help fund structural repairs to the Long Society Meeting House. The Foundation’s $1,000 grants to the Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association and to Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut will help those organizations continue to provide educational classes and program scholarships.

According to Merchant, the grants were among awards totaling $84,850 made by the Foundation in 2015.

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Christmas in July performance by the Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association. 

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation grants to help keep you healthy

Ten recent grants from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation to area nonprofit organizations focus on the health and wellness of area residents.

According to Jewett City Savings Bank President and CEO Kevin Merchant, the 10 Foundation grants totaled $21,500. They ranged from $500 to $5,000, and included the Foundation’s annual support for the Day Kimball Hospital and the Center for Hospice Care Southeast CT, as well as a $2,000 capital campaign installment for the Center for Hospice Care’s new facility and an additional $1,000 in funding for its Special Care Fund.

The Backus Hospital Capital Campaign also received $5,000 from the Foundation, and the American Cancer Society was awarded $2,500 to support the Relay for Life of Eastern CT.

Additional grants awarded by the Foundation included $5,000 to Day Kimball Hospital’s Care in a Heartbeat campaign, $2,500 to United Community and Family Services for diabetes testing supplies, and $1,000 each to Killingly Quiet Corner Regional Lions Club to purchase a new camera for vision testing and to Interfaith Human Services of Putnam for caregiver training and other programs.

Relay for Life of Eastern CT

Relay for Life of Eastern CT

Early Closing Announcement

JCSB Snow-timeAll offices of Jewett City Savings Bank will close at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016.  Please drive safely.

Local libraries share $10,000 from Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation

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 LEGO® building club at the Voluntown Public Library.

The LEGO® building club at the Voluntown Public Library.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation grants enhance social services in 4 Bank communities

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.

Griswold Senior Center seniors participating in a Tai-Chi class.

Griswold Senior Center seniors participating in a Tai-Chi class.

6 local food pantries share $15,800 from Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation

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.”

Jewett City Savings Bank wins Gold again as Best Community Bank in the state

CRBest_Gold_09For 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.”

Michael Alberts joins Jewett City Savings Bank as Commercial Loan Officer

Mike_AlbertsKevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced that Michael Alberts, of Woodstock, has joined the Bank’s commercial lending team as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer.

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.

Jewett City Savings Bank Helps Purchase New Chimes for Griswold

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.

L to R:  Kevin Merchant, President & CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank; Laura Zurn, Head Trustee of Jewett City Baptist Church; Alan Geer; Kevin Skulczyck, First Selectman of Town of Griswold; Rev. David Honeychurch of Jewett City Baptist Church; Thomas Mieldzioc, Firefighter/EMT with Jewett City Fire Department.

L to R: Kevin Merchant, President & CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank; Laura Zurn, Head Trustee of Jewett City Baptist Church; Alan Geer; Kevin Skulczyck, First Selectman of Town of Griswold; Rev. David Honeychurch of Jewett City Baptist Church; Thomas Mieldzioc, Firefighter/EMT with Jewett City Fire Department.

 

L to R: Thomas Mieldzioc, Firefighter/EMT with Jewett City Fire Department; Laura Zurn, Head Trustee of Jewett City Baptist Church; Rev. David Honeychurch of Jewett City Baptist Church; Kevin Merchant, President & CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

L to R: Thomas Mieldzioc, Firefighter/EMT with Jewett City Fire Department; Laura Zurn, Head Trustee of Jewett City Baptist Church; Rev. David Honeychurch of Jewett City Baptist Church; Kevin Merchant, President & CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.