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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


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.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation supports scores of emergency services providers

Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, announced today that the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded 39 grants totaling $26,450 to support emergency services provided in numerous communities served by the Bank.

Several of the grants will support the purchase of new equipment. These include a new thermal imaging camera for the Atwood Hose Fire Company in Wauregan; adult and child CPR mannequins for the Killingly-Brooklyn Ambulance Corps. staff for community training; a new automated blood pressure cuff for Brooklyn’s Mortlake Fire Company; and the Preston City Fire Department’s purchase of a first aid mannequin for use by the department and Preston EMS personnel in providing American Heart Association first aid training to residents.

The Plainfield Fire Company will use its grant to purchase materials and equipment for its training facility, while the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company will enhance its training facility with the addition of lightweight folding chairs. In Canterbury, the Volunteer Fire Company will use its Foundation grant for fittings, appliances, adaptors and Class A firefighting foam. Danielson Fire Department will equip vehicles with PC-based tablets to improve access to incident management tools, and the AA Young Hose & Ladder Company in Jewett City will purchase a Pak-Tracker Firefighter locator system with its Foundation award.

The Voluntown Volunteer Fire Company #1 will be able to replace expired breathing apparatus equipment to ensure firefighter safety, and the South Killingly Fire District will use its Foundation grant to help purchase high angle rescue gear to support rescue services at Old Furnace State Park and Ross’ Cliffs.

The Griswold Volunteer Fire Department will upgrade its dispatch/first responder radio system, while East Woodstock’s Muddy Brook Fire Department will use its grant from the Foundation to purchase residential house number markers and safety vests for residents to use while walking or bicycling.

A Foundation award to the Oneco Fire Company will allow that emergency services operation to purchase equipment and training gear. In Preston, the Foundation grant to Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department will be used to purchase equipment to outfit its new ambulance.

Annual Support
In addition to these special project grants, the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded annual support funding totaling $15,200 to 24 emergency services providers including: A.A. Young Jr. Hose and Ladder Co. #1, American Legion Ambulance Fund, Attawaugan Fire Department, Atwood Hose Fire Company, Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance, and Central Village Fire Co. #1.

Also, Danielson Fire Department, Dayville Fire Company, East Brooklyn Fire Department, East Killingly Fire Department, Griswold Volunteer Fire Company, Killingly/Brooklyn Ambulance Corps., Lisbon Ambulance Service, Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department, and Moosup Fire Department.

Also, Mortlake Fire Co. & Ambulance Service, Oneco Fire Company, Plainfield Fire Company #1, Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department, Preston City Volunteer Fire Department, South Killingly Fire Deparment, Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., Voluntown Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., and Williamsville Fire Engine Company.

Couture promoted to Assistant Vice President, Business Loan Officer at Jewett City Savings Bank

Bill CoutureKevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, has announced the promotion of Bill Couture of Plainfield to assistant vice president, business loan officer.

Couture joined Jewett City Savings Bank in 2014 as a small business lender. He began his banking career with People’s United Bank, where he was assistant vice president, financial services manager, and later served as a commercial credit analyst with Savings Institute Bank & Trust.

He is an MBA graduate of the University of New Haven and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Connecticut State University.

An active volunteer, Couture is a member of the Quinebaug Valley Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and Northeastern Connecticut, the Putnam and Griswold Business Associations, and the Norwich Property Owners Association. He is a Notary Public and holds OMEGA Commercial Lending Certification.

“Bill is a Jewett City native, and will soon be moving back to the community his entire family has always called home,” said Merchant. “His personal knowledge of our marketplace and his solid, successful background in commercial lending are a definite plus for local businesses.”

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.


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.