Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank, has announced that the Bank’s charitable foundation has awarded $2,000 to two non-profit organizations dedicated to arts and culture. Pomfret-based Opera New England of Northeastern Connecticut, Inc., was awarded $1,000 to help fund the Children’s Educational Opera and Symphony, a program that provides performances to elementary school children.

Also receiving a $1,000 grant was the Preston Historical Society, which will use the funds to build and install a railing for the walkway to the Long Society Meetinghouse, one of just a dozen surviving colonial meeting houses, and the only one of its kind in Connecticut.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to support these local organizations that help enrich the lives of people in the communities that we serve,” said Merchant.

The Preston Historical Society will use funds from a Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation grant to build and install a railing for the walkway to the Long Society Meetinghouse.