Danbury, CONN. (September 15, 2022) – The Union Savings Bank (USB) Foundation recently awarded $350,500 in funding to 38 local organizations in Connecticut as part of the 156-year-old, community bank’s ongoing effort to give back to those it serves.
Of the total amount, $254,500 was awarded to 22 non-profit educational programs and $96,000 was donated to 16 food pantries throughout the state.
Award recipients provide a wide-range of services to the community, including: providing educational and job-training opportunities; supporting people with special needs; cultivating the arts; offering youth developmental activities; and providing a wide-range of health services, including helping people with physical, behavioral and mental health conditions, and assisting those in abuse situations.
“We are delighted to once again provide support to these community partners who are making such a positive impact in the lives of our neighbors,” said USB President & CEO Cynthia C. Merkle, who also serves as President of the Foundation. “We’ve worked very hard to provide financial assistance to organizations that provide much-needed programs focused on education, food insecurity, health, wellness, and more. There would be a huge void in our community without the assistance of our 2022 recipients and we are fortunate to be able to support them.”
Organizations receiving 2022 grants are:
- 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, Bloomfield – The $5,000 grant will support growing opportunities for the Special Needs Students Program.
- Association of Religious Communities (ARC), Danbury – The $20,000 grant will support the Domestic Violence Prevention Program.
- Brave Enough to Fail, New Milford – The $15,000 grant will support the “BOSS Academy” Program.
- Brookfield Craft Centre – The $10,500 grant will support the Youth Craft Education Program.
- Children’s Center of New Milford- The $15,000 will support educational programs that enrich the lives of local children.
- Danbury Music Centre – The $5,000 grant will go toward Summer Enrichment Programs.
- Danbury Schools and Business Collaborative (DSABC)– The $25,000.00 grant will be used to support the “Foundations for Your Future” Program.
- EdAdvance, Bethel – The $10,000 grant will be used to support the Summer Musical Theatre Camp for Greater Danbury youth.
- Family & Children’s Aid, Danbury – The $15,000 will be used for educational resources for the Extended Day Treatment Program.
- FOCUS Center for Autism, Canton – $16,500 FOCUS Fresh Start School
- Founders Hall, Ridgefield – The $5,000 grant will go towards the 2022 Academic Program.
- Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, Litchfield – The $10,000 grant will support the Youth Mental Health Program: School-Based Mental Health Care in Northwest CT.
- Jericho Partnership, Danbury – The $10,000 grant will go toward the Summer Learning Program
- KidsPlay Children’s Museum, Torrington – The $10,000 grant will be used for the Inclusive Playtime Program.
- LVA School, Danbury – The $15,000 grant will support various literacy and tutoring programs.
- McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Torrington – The $7,200 grant will support the Circle of Security Parenting Program.
- Reach Western Connecticut – The $15,000 grant will be used for the Reach Ascent Climbing and Fitness Program.
- Robotics and Beyond, New Milford- The $3,300 grant will go toward computer upgrades for building capacity and depth of educational programs.
- RVNAhealth, Ridgefield- The $5,000 grant will support Community Dementia Education and Training.
- The Arc of Litchfield County, (LARC) – Torrington – The $10,000 grant will support the Interactive Socialization Program for pre-K children with Autism Spectrum.
- The Kennedy Center, Trumbull – The $12,000 grant will support the Strive & Thrive Life Skills Inclusive Teens Education/Employment Program.
- The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Darien – The $15,000 will support the Mentorship Program at Danbury Hospital.
The following food pantries each received $6,000 in grants:
- Camella’s Cupboard, New Milford
- Canton Food Bank
- Community Action Agency of Western CT, Danbury
- Community Kitchen of Torrington
- Daily Bread Food Pantry, Danbury
- Friendly Hands Food Bank, Torrington
- Goshen Food Bank
- Kent Food Bank
- Litchfield Hills/NW Elderly Nutrition Program, Torrington
- Monroe Food Pantry
- Prime Time House, Torrington
- RPMS Meal Train, Danbury
- Southbury Food Bank
- Michael’s Food Pantry, Litchfield
- The New American Dream Foundation, Danbury
- Walnut Hill Community Food Pantry, Bethel
About Union Savings Bank Foundation
The USB Foundation was established in 1998 to provide the bank with an additional way to give back to the community. The Foundation focuses on helping programs that educate and enrich the communities that the bank serves. Since its inception, the USB Foundation has donated over $4 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.
About Union Savings Bank
Established in 1866 and headquartered in Danbury, CT, Union Savings Bank is a $3 billion mutual bank dedicated to being the bank of choice. As a full-service financial institution, Union Savings Bank provides banking, mortgage, investment, trust and insurance products throughout western Connecticut with 25 offices in Bethel, Brookfield, Canton, Danbury, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Marble Dale, Monroe, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Southbury, Torrington and Washington Depot. The bank provides financial services to individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and government entities through its commercial, residential and consumer lending, corporate services, retail banking and wealth management divisions. Please visit www.unionsavings.com for more information and connect with the bank on LinkedIn. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.