“The First County Bank Foundation is honored to make these grants available to a number of important causes in the Stamford area,” said Rey Giallongo, president of the foundation and chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “On behalf of the bank’s employees and customers, I want to personally thank these organizations and the people who work with them for helping Fairfield County citizens. It’s not easy and many of us take for granted that others in the community volunteer their time to help others. All of us at First County Bank make sure to donate some of our time and money to bettering the lives of others.”
In 2011, the First County Bank Foundation awarded 108 grants totaling more than $591,000. This amount surpassed 2010’s record amount of donations. Including 2011’s numbers, the First County Bank Foundation has awarded a total of 562 individual grants, worth more than $4.7 million since the foundation was started in 2001.
Established in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, the First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.
To be eligible for First County Bank Foundation grants, organizations must have nonprofit tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; be located in Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport; have community support; address community needs; have measurable outcomes; and demonstrate fiscal and administrative responsibility. Special consideration is given to those agencies or programs benefiting low to moderate income populations.
The following Stamford-based nonprofits received First County Bank Foundation grants:
AmeriCares Free Clinics
Grant money will be used toward the AmeriCares Free Clinic of Norwalk, located at 98 So Main St.
Individualized Home Support/Emergency Fund Program
Boys & Girls Club of Stamford
Summer Fun Camp – an educational enhancement program with recreational activities and a health/nutrition component
Child Guidance Center
Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services program
Childcare Learning Centers
Teacher Education Initiative – to make opportunities available for teachers to enhance their skill set
After School Academy – academic enrichment and recreation programs and activities made available for up to 73 children
Domestic Violence Crisis Center
DVCC is the largest provider of emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence in Connecticut.
Lion’s Den Out-of-School-Time Program for students attending Trailblazers Academy
Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Crisis Parent Aide general operating fund
iPads, computers and related equipment and software
Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County
Purchase and installation of a permanent standby emergency generator
Housing Development Fund
First Time Homebuyers Program
Jewish Community Center
Scholarships for summer camp program for children with mild to moderate social communication issues
Jewish Family Services
Deliver services and practical help to individuals and families in crisis in order to help them become or remain self sufficient
Jewish War Veterans’ Community Scholarships Stamford
Money will go toward the community service scholarship program.
Expanding the Food Service and Wellness program by offering outbound nutritious meals to those who cannot travel to the Washington Boulevard address, and to purchase an oven
Project Women in Network, a 21st century job training program for lower income women
Mill River Collaborative
The second of five installments going toward the creation and maintenance of the Mill River Park & Greenway in Stamford
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