The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $53,100 to 16 non-profit organizations. The Foundation was funded by Merrimack County Savings Bank in 1997 for grant-based contributions to non-profit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for residents living in the Bank’s service areas.
These grants are in addition to the Bank’s many local contributions in the form of sponsorships, donations and scholarships, as well as the impressive volunteer efforts of its employees. “Community support has always been central to our mission,” said Philip Emma, President of Merrimack County Savings Bank. “Not only are we able to give back to organizations who are improving the communities we serve, but we have the benefit of helping to improve the lives of our customers, employees and the local community as a whole.”
Grants were awarded to:
Catholic Charities (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $4,000 to support 18 hunger relief agencies in Concord and surrounding towns with holiday turkeys so that clients are able to celebrate the holidays with traditional meals. Catholic Charities is a human services organization that serves the poor and vulnerable statewide.
Concord Dental Sealant Coalition (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $4,300 in support of the Coalition’s mission to address the unmet dental needs of Concord-area children in grades K-5 from ten local schools. The grant will assist with temporary therapeutic fillings in some clinical situations.
Concord Family YMCA (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $4,500 to help support the Kydstop Afterschool Scholarship Fund, which makes quality childcare affordable for low and moderate income families. The Concord Family YMCA has been providing After School programming in Concord for more than 30 years, and is one of the largest providers of childcare, for both pre-school and after school, in Merrimack County. Programming is infused with the Y values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA (Manchester, NH)
- Awarded $3,000 to recruit, train and supervise additional volunteers. The Court Appointed Special Advocates of NH or CASA was founded to advocate for abused and neglected children within the state court system.
Family Promise of Greater Concord (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $3,000 to support the organization’s case management services and its mission to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise was established to provide shelter, meals, hospitality and support through a network of 16 local congregations and an interfaith group of over 400 volunteers.
Front Door Agency (Nashua, NH)
- Awarded $2,800 to support Front Door’s Transitional Housing Program, which offers affordable housing, supportive services and extensive case management to homeless women and children in Greater Nashua. Front Door serves families transitioning from crisis to self-sufficiency, offering a range of essential services to Nashua’s disadvantaged population including: shelter, food, heat, child care, transportation, supportive services and education.
Harbor Homes (Nashua, NH)
- Awarded $3,100 to support the organization’s Maple Arms Emergency Shelter, which provides housing for men, women and children who are in immediate need. An important access point for services, the shelter connects guests to Harbor Homes’ case management and primary, behavioral and oral health care as well as employment training. Harbor Homes serves low-income individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with mental illness and other disabilities.
Merrimack Valley Day Care Service (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $4,000 to help subsidize tuition for children who are in the foster care system or are being raised by relatives because their parents are either incarcerated or incapacitated by drug addiction. Merrimack Valley Day Care Service offers high quality and affordable childcare services for children of low-income families and for children with special needs.
NeighborWorks Southern NH for HOMETeam (Manchester, NH)
- Awarded $2,000 to support the purchase of 225 copies of NeighborWorks America’s “Realizing the American Dream” book for its first time homebuyer seminars. NeighborWorks Southern NH was founded to enhance lives and the community environment through access to quality housing services, neighborhood revitalization efforts and opportunities for personal empowerment.
New Hampshire Children’s Trust (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $2,000 to support its efforts to build proficiency and efficiency of services to families and children in the Nashua area. Providers will be trained with materials from the evidence-informed Strengthening Families series. New Hampshire Children’s Trust was founded to ensure safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advocating and collaborating. The organization invests in evidence-based prevention strategies focusing on expectant families and children from birth through age 8.
New Hampshire Historical Society (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $2,100 to support the underwriting for 350 students from Concord’s Rundlett Middle School to participate in the Society’s on-site “Revolutionary and Early American History” education program. New Hampshire Historical Society is the independent nonprofit that saves, preserves and shares state history, serving thousands of children and adults each year through its museum, library, education, publications and outreach programs.
New Hampshire Humanities Council (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $2,300 to support “Connections”, the organization’s literacy program for new readers within Concord and Greater Nashua. The mission of NHHC is to strengthen communities with education programs fostering reflection, discussion and connection to new ideas. Connections is offered statewide in partnership with adult learner service programs, ESOL classes for new immigrants and refugees, GED classes and prison parenting support programs.
Penacook Community Center (Penacook, NH)
- Awarded $4,000 to help fund a new door for the entrance to the gymnasium which houses its before and after school program, serving children from Penacook and Boscawen. The Penacook Community Center provides citizens of Penacook and surrounding towns opportunities to promote, develop and maintain social, educational and recreational activities.
Pittsfield Youth Workshop (Pittsfield, NH)
- Awarded $3,500 to go toward afterschool programming for more than 200 students in grades 6-12 in Pittsfield and surrounding towns. Pittsfield Youth Workshop offers a variety of programs, activities and trips, with the mission of empowering the youth by helping them develop useful skills, self-esteem and meaningful friendships.
Second Start (Concord, NH)
- Awarded $4,500 to help establish a drivers’ education training program for low and moderate income adults, with a focus on new American refugees and immigrants and taught by new Americans. Second Start was established to improve the economic and educational well-being of New Hampshire residents. Its mission is to help people become more productive workers, family members and community citizens.
YMCA of Greater Nashua (Nashua, NH)
- Awarded $4,000 to support a 6-week summer learning loss prevention program for low-income youth living in Greater Nashua who are behind in literacy grade levels. The goal of the program is to teach participating children to read at their grade level by the third grade.
The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation was funded by Merrimack County Savings Bank in 1997 for grant-based contributions to not-for-profit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for residents living in the Bank’s service areas. Five Trustees, selected among the Bank’s Corporators and Board of Directors administer the Foundation and its activities, distributing a portion of the Foundation’s endowment each year. While not focused on a particular category, the Foundation remains mindful of the receiving organization and its contribution to the quality of life in the communities served. Applications are due annually on October 1st.