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Food pantries, health and social services share $30K from Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $30,350 to local food pantries and health and social services initiatives, according to an announcement made today by Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

“Our Foundation awards in these categories are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of those families and individuals who rely so heavily on the services provided, whatever the reason. We are pleased to help these organizations meet the needs of our neighbors,” said Merchant.

Food Pantries
The food pantry recipients awarded funds for restocking pantry shelves were St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Jewett City, $2,500; Preston City Congregational Church Food Pantry, $2,000; the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson, $2,000; the Town of Pomfret Food Pantry, $500; and Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG), $500. In addition, Project PIN Food Pantry received a $2,000 grant to purchase a used van for the transportation of food donations, and the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center received $1,000 to support its mobile food pantry distribution days in Jewett City.

Health Services
The Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Backus Hospital Capital Campaign for the Plainfield Emergency Care Center, $2,500 to the American Cancer Society in support of the Eastern CT Relay for Life, and $2,000 to the Center for Hospice Care Southeast CT Capital Campaign for a hospice care facility. In addition, Day Kimball Hospital received a $1,000 annual support grant, and the Center for Hospice Care Southeast CT received an annual support award of $500.

Social Services
Several social service organizations received grants for a variety of purposes. Westcott-Wilcox Elderly Residential Housing, Inc. in Danielson was awarded $2,000 to support the purchase and installation of an emergency call monitoring system. With its $1,650 award, the Griswold Senior Center will continue to offer special Tai-Chi classes to seniors, and the Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) purchased 40 pairs of winter boots for children from low-income families with its $1,200 grant from the Foundation.

In addition, $1,000 grants were awarded to Interfaith Human Services of Putnam to provide baby gift baskets to at-risk and low-income families; the ARC of Quinebaug Valley, Inc. will purchase and install new flooring throughout the second floor recreation room at the Danielson center; and the Eliza Huntington Memorial Home of Norwich, Inc. will use the funds toward a community engagement program for its residents. United Services, Inc. also received a grant in the amount of $1,000 to help fund the capital campaign for the Windham Regional Clinical Center.

Kathy Avery stocking shelves at the food pantry.

Robert Roberge sorting cans at the food pantry.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation provides defibrillators for three local schools

Jewett City Savings Bank President and CEO Kevin Merchant announced today that the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $5,100 to Plainfield High School, Woodstock Academy, and Tourtellotte Memorial High School for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The Foundation’s original award of $1,700 to Plainfield High School last fall for the purchase of an AED for use on the sidelines at athletic events and activities inspired the Foundation’s recent AED purchase grants for the other two schools, Merchant said.  “There’s no question that having a cardiac-care device readily available can be critical in life-threatening situations,” he added. “We are pleased to provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing that there is an AED accessible if an emergency should arise.”

Through past donations, Jewett City Savings Bank has also helped Griswold Public Schools, Plainfield Memorial School, and the Plainfield youth football program acquire these life-saving devices.  According to the American Red Cross, quick access to an AED could save the lives of 50,000 people each year from sudden cardiac arrest.

JCSB Defribullator Donation

Plainfield High School (PHS) student athletes and staff members gathered to thank Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank (center, rear) for the gift of an Automated External Defibrillator from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation for use at school athletic events. With Merchant are (l to r): Cameron Gonzales (Football); PHS Principal James Worth; Brooke Brouillard (Cross Country, Indoor/Outdoor Track); Zachary Roy (Football); Alexis St. Jean (Indoor/Outdoor Track); Marcus Robinson (Football); and Jan Voland, PHS Athletic Director.

Fraud Alert: Jewett City Savings Bank Card Holders

We’ve been alerted to several calls made to Jewett City residents posing as Jewett City Savings Bank. Callers claimed to be from cardholder services, offering to help the customer reduce their credit card rates (or something similar to this).

This is an attempt to commit financial fraud.
We want to take this opportunity to remind consumers that Jewett City Savings Bank will never initiate a call asking for personal or financial information.

Criminals use telephone scams (pretexting), text messages (SMiShing), and email messages (phishing) to attempt to get consumers to divulge account numbers, debit and credit card numbers, and other personal confidential information. They use scare tactics to convince consumers that their bank account, credit card or debit card have been frozen or suspended and they must provide the information to reactivate their account or card.

Never respond to the messages or use the telephone numbers or website links provided in the messages. When there is a question about your account information, you should always contact the Bank directly at a telephone number or website that you know to be legitimate (from a statement or receipt).

You can learn more about pretexting and phishing from the Federal Trade Commission. If you received a telephone call or text message, you can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTCcomplaintassistant.gov.

Jewett City Savings Bank earns ‘Best Community Bank’ award for third consecutive year

For the third year in a row, Jewett City Savings Bank has earned top honors as the Best Community Bank in Connecticut in the annual poll of readers of The Commercial Record. The competition sponsored by the prominent trade publication measures the loyalty and satisfaction that readers have with providers of services in the financial and real estate industries.

The highest-ranked winners in each service category surveyed are considered to be a perfect example for others in their field in terms of performance and service.

“Being voted the Best Community Bank for the third consecutive year is a tribute to the entire Jewett City Savings Bank team,” said Kevin Merchant, president and CEO. “It validates the work we do each and every day to live up to the expectations of our customers and the communities we serve.”

“We are extremely proud to be considered the best at what we do, and to serve as a role model for other community banks. Our sincere thanks go out to those who recognize our efforts and voted in the competition.”

 

Visa® Check Cards Deactivated Effective October 15th

JCSB-CheckCardA more secure way to shop is in your hands.  At Jewett City Savings Bank, we want to make your banking as convenient and secure as possible. That’s why, to offer you greater purchasing security and benefits, we recently replaced our Visa Check Cards with a new Jewett City Savings Bank Debit MasterCard® with chip technology.

Please note: Your current Jewett City Savings Bank Visa Check Cards will be deactivated, effective Saturday, October 15, 2016. Activate your new MasterCard debit card if you haven’t already.

Our MasterCard debit card, is designed to offer you even greater protection at the point-of-sale. Each time you use it to pay for purchases, a unique code is generated, making it difficult for fraudsters to steal your account information and create a counterfeit card. More ways to protect you. Your new card also offers other great features, including:

  • MasterCard Global Service™ for 24/7 assistance with a lost or stolen card
  • Zero liability* protection for unauthorized purchases
  • Identity Theft Resolution Services
  • Extended Warranty Insurance*
  • Price Protection*
  • Satisfaction Guarantee*

Put your security where it belongs — in your hands. Activate your card today, if you haven’t done so, by calling 1-800-448-8268 or by using your card to make a withdrawal or balance inquiry with your PIN at any ATM.

Click here for more information about the benefits of the new enhanced Jewett City Savings Bank Debit MasterCard. If you have any questions about the new debit card, contact us at 860-376-4444 or call our branch office near you.

*Certain restrictions, terms, and conditions apply.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation provides defibrillator for Plainfield High

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded funds to Plainfield High School for the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for use at school athletic events. Announcement of the grant was made today by Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

The award was made in response to requests from Plainfield High representatives including Athletic Trainer Allison Gilbert, Cheerleading Head Coach Danielle Leroux, and Atwood Hose Fire Company Chief Robert Duval, a certified Emergency Medical Technician who has served as a volunteer athletic trainer for the school’s football program for over 13 years.

All of the writers stressed the importance of having an immediate cardiac-care device readily available should the need arise. As a rule, they said, the school’s athletic events and activities take place at a variety of remote locations on the school grounds. Having an AED available “on the sidelines” would provide a higher level of care and “peace of mind for staff, trainers, parents, and athletes,” they stated.

“The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation is pleased to help assure the safety of our students and all of those involved in Plainfield’s athletic activities,” said Merchant. “You really can’t put a price tag on a piece of equipment designed for emergency use in life-threatening situations.”

JCSB PHS Defibrillator

Plainfield High School (PHS) student athletes and staff members gathered to thank Kevin C. Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank (center, rear) for the gift of an Automated External Defibrillator from the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation for use at school athletic events. With Merchant are (l to r): Cameron Gonzales (Football); PHS Principal James Worth; Brooke Brouillard (Cross Country, Indoor/Outdoor Track); Zachary Roy (Football); Alexis St. Jean (Indoor/Outdoor Track); Marcus Robinson (Football); and Jan Voland, PHS Athletic Director.

Online Banking Update

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Effective Monday, August 29, 2016 Online Banking will no longer support Internet Explorer ver. 8 or lower.

A message will be displayed to customers attempting to log in with an unsupported browser, such as IE 8.

It will be necessary for customers to update their browser version to log into Online Banking.

 

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation Now Accepting 2016 Grant Applications

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation is now accepting 2016 grant applications from local 501(c)(3), 170(c)(1), and other qualified non-profit organizations in the communities served by Jewett City Savings Bank.  The process is part of Jewett City’s long-standing tradition of providing support to the local organizations that help strengthen the neighborhoods of Eastern Connecticut.

Guidelines and grant applications for 2016 are available on the Bank’s website and at all offices of Jewett City Savings Bank.  Completed applications must be received no later than August 31, 2016.  Funding will be awarded by December 31 ,2016.

Grants, available up to a maximum of $5,000, maybe 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 2015, the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation achieved another year of record growth in charitable giving, providing more than $84,850 in grants to help local non-profits, including emergency services organizations, food pantries, and health and educational institutions.  The Foundation has awarded nearly $600,000 since its inception in 2003.

“The annual Foundation grants are an important part of our determination to improve and enhance the quality of life for our customers, friends, and neighbors” said Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.  “Giving back is who we are; it’s what being a true community bank means to us.”

 

Introducing a new, enhanced debit card

JCSB-CheckCardSoon our customers will be receiving the new Jewett City Savings Bank Debit MasterCard® with chip card technology. The new debit card, which will replace our existing Jewett City Savings Bank Visa® Check Card, will provide customers with an enhanced level of benefits from MasterCard, but with a whole new level of security protection with chip card technology.

A smart and secure way to bank and shop.
Every transaction our customers make will soon come with peace of mind. With chip technology, a unique code is generated with every purchase, making it virtually impossible for thieves to steal your data or create a counterfeit card with your information.

New card. Same great convenience – and added benefits.
In addition to improved security, our new debit card will offer enhanced benefits that will make shopping with the new Jewett City Savings Bank Debit MasterCard smart and convenient:

  • Worldwide acceptance at millions of merchants
  • MasterCard Global Service™ for 24/7 assistance with a lost or stolen card
  • Zero liability* protection for unauthorized purchases
  • Identity Theft Resolution Services
  • Extended Warranty Insurance*
  • Price Protection*
  • Satisfaction Guarantee*

And of course, customers can continue to use their debit card to withdraw cash at ATMs and to make recurring bill payments from a checking account.

Click here for more information about the benefits of the new enhanced Jewett City Savings Bank Debit MasterCard. If you have any questions about the new debit card, contact us at 860-376-4444 or call our branch office near you.

*Certain restrictions, terms, and conditions apply.

3 new Corporators at Jewett City Savings Bank

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Three new Corporators were elected at the Jewett City Savings Bank annual meeting on March 29. They are Donna Copeland of Putnam, Courtland Kinnie of Griswold, and Susan Rourke, also of Griswold.

“These three individuals are uniquely and highly qualified to join those who serve as the Bank’s goodwill ambassadors out in the community,” said Kevin Merchant, president and CEO. “They each share our goal of strengthening our communities for the benefit of local businesses and residents. We are pleased to welcome them to the Jewett City Savings Bank team.”

Donna Copeland
Copeland, the co-owner of Copeland Rentals and comptroller of Copeland Builders, has served as the director of Westcott-Wilcox Elderly Residential Housing since 2011. Active in the community, she currently serves on the board of directors of the Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. She is a founder and steering committee member of the Women and Girl’s Fund of the Eastern Connecticut Community Foundation and a member of the Connecticut Association of Residential Care Homes.

Courtland Kinnie
Kinnie is the owner and operator of Sterry Kinnie Farm in Griswold. He assumed operation and management responsibilities for the family farm after receiving a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from the University of Connecticut in 1983. He has served the Town of Griswold on various commissions for over 20 years. He is currently chairman of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Conservation Commission and chairman of the Griswold Aquifer Protection Agency. He is also vice-chairman of the Griswold Planning and Zoning Commission and the Griswold Bicentennial Committee, and a member of the Griswold Open Space Land Acquisition Committee and the Griswold Historical Society.

Susan Rourke
Prior to her appointment as interim superintendent of schools in Griswold in January 2016, Rourke was the assistant to the superintendent and the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Griswold Public Schools. Previously, she was principal of the Griswold Elementary School and, earlier, principal of Plainfield High School. In her 26-year career in public education, she also served as the principal of Moosup Elementary School, principal/superintendent designee of Sterling Memorial School, and as a teacher and health educator at Sterling Memorial School.

Rourke holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Connecticut State University and the master of arts in teaching and sixth year certificate of advanced studies from Sacred Heart University. She also completed the executive leadership program at the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the EASTCONN executive board of the Center for Educational Leadership and a member of the Regional Staff Development Council. She is also a member of the Executive District Leaders Roundtable of the Connecticut Association of Schools, the executive board and coalition for Griswold PRIDE, Children First Griswold, and the Griswold Booster Club.