The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation announced recently that it has awarded a total of $10,300 to 10 organizations dedicated to providing youth and social services support.

“Jewett City Savings Bank understands that 2020 has been an extraordinary year of challenge for families and communities,” said Kevin Merchant, President and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank. “We are proud to support youth and social service organizations to help ease financial burdens for families and promote learning so that all members of our community can succeed.”

Youth Services
As part of its commitment to helping support local youth, the foundation granted a total of $3,550 to four organizations dedicated to youth services. Among the grants was $1,050 awarded to Connecticut Boys and Girls State Foundation of Hawleyville, which will be used to sponsor students from New London and Windham counties to attend the American Legion Boys State Leadership Program and American Legion Auxiliary Laurel Girls State Program in 2021. The programs provide immersive government simulations to prepare students to become active and engaged civically minded citizens.

Receiving a $1,000 grant was Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc., of Putnam, which will use funds to obtain and distribute educational nutritional handouts and cookbooks at in-person or virtual events for children ages 3-14 who live in northeastern Connecticut.

Also receiving a $1,000 grant for annual support was Pomfret’s Performing Arts of Northeastern Connecticut.

In addition, a $500 grant was awarded to Griswold Friends of Music of Griswold to be used for the Solan Bowen Commemorative Scholarship, which assists GHS Chamber Choir seniors with college expenses.

Social Services
The Foundation also awarded grants totaling $6,750 to six local organizations. Interfaith Human Services of Putnam – Diaper Bank of NECT received a $1,500 donation to purchase diapers, wipes, potty training kits, and supplies for gift baskets provided to low and limited-income families.

Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) of Jewett City received a $1,200 donation to provide winter boots to children from low-income families hardest hit by the economic devastation of the pandemic.

Quinebaug Valley Senior Citizens Center of Brooklyn was awarded a $1,050 grant to purchase a projector and screen used for audio-visual presentations that provide health and wellness, educational, and entertainment programs for seniors.

Griswold Senior Center of Jewett City received a $1,000 donation to purchase iPads and begin a program that will connect staff to seniors and seniors to other seniors and help address mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, anger and mental cognition, brought about from isolation during the pandemic.

Also receiving a $1,000 grant was the Town of Plainfield Recreation Department for the Plainfield Veterans Coffeehouse. The funding will be used to provide promotional materials and information to veterans, sponsor two veteran breakfasts and provide emergency funds for assistance with utility costs, food, and other needs.

Finally, Northeast Placement Services of South Woodstock received a $1,000 grant to purchase new tools for Iron Horse Landscaping, which provides employment opportunities for those with developmental disabilities.