The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation announced recently that it has awarded a total of $8,500 to support five health services organizations.

“As 2020 has taught us, the importance of health can never be underestimated. The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation is proud to support the programs and organizations that work to promote health for all members of our communities,” said Kevin Merchant, President and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

Included in the grants was a $5,000 donation to United Community & Family Services to assist with the capital campaign for the Griswold Health Center.

Additionally, three organizations were awarded grants of $1,000. Among them was the Connecticut Cancer Foundation of Old Saybrook, which will use funds to support the “Nourish Hope & Knockout Hunger” initiative, a food assistance program that supplements the Cancer Patient Assistance Program. With the grant, the Cancer Patient Assistance Program will provide $100 grocery store gift cards to cancer patients in New London and Windham Counties.

Day Kimball Hospital of Putnam received a $1,000 award in response to their annual appeal. United Services of Dayville received a grant to fund staff time in the Youth Service Bureau for case management to identify and address the barriers children and families face in returning to school due to COVID-19.

Receiving a $500 grant was Griswold PRIDE, which will use funds to purchase locked medication storage bags and medication safe disposal bags to prevent medication abuse and misuse for residents of Griswold.