The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $21,200 in grants to support 16 organizations dedicated to healthcare and social services. The grants were announced by Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

“The Foundation is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all members of the communities we serve. We’re happy to help these vital organizations carry out their missions to help people live healthier, more prosperous lives,” said Merchant.

Healthcare Organizations
Among the donations were grants to three healthcare organizations totaling $6,500. Receiving a $5,000 grant was Norwich-based United Community & Family Services. The donation marks the third annual installment of a $25,000 contribution to the organization’s capital campaign for the Griswold Health Center.

The Foundation also awarded $1,500 in grants for two annual appeals, including $1,000 to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam and $500 to the Center for Hospice Care in Norwich.

Social Services Organizations
A total of $14,700 was awarded to 13 social services organizations. Griswold PRIDE (Partnership to Reduce the Influence of Drugs for Everyone) received $2,000 to help fund its medicine collection program as well as a mobile collection event to prevent the abuse and misuse of unused prescription drugs.

To help low-income families, the Foundation awarded a $1,500 grant to Interfaith Human Services of Putnam for its Diaper Bank and other programs. Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center also received a grant of $1,500 to help prevent homelessness through mortgage assistance, rental assistance, and funding for security deposits. Other grants to support low-income individuals and families included a $1,200 grant to the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) of Jewett City to provide winter boots to children; a $1,000 grant to the First Congregational Church of Griswold to provide free Saturday breakfasts; and a $1,000 grant to Tommy Toy Fund of Norwich to provide Christmas toys for children in Eastern Connecticut.

To help veterans, $1,000 grants were awarded to A Reason to Ride, Inc., of Jewett City to assist with rent, utility, and medical expenses; and the Town of Plainfield Recreation Department for the Veterans Coffeehouse and other emergency needs funding.

Grants to support senior care included $1,000 to the Griswold Senior Center to provide Tai-Chi classes, and $1,000 to Quinebaug Valley Senior Citizens Center to help seniors with limited resources participate in fitness and training classes.

Additional grants included $1,000 to Northeast Placement Services in Woodstock to help fund the construction of a new barn workspace, as well as $1,000 to Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) to provide camperships for its All-Star Adventure Program. In addition, a $500 grant was made to The Arc Eastern Connecticut to purchase weighted blankets and swing chairs for individuals at their Danielson location living with autism.

Members of the Plainfield Veterans Coffeehouse (L-R) Bob Lalumiere, Ted Dumaine, Bob Plankey and Rudy Trahan presented a plaque to Dianne Chiavarini, Branch Manager of the Plainfield office, in appreciation of their grant provided by the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation.