Giving back to the community is the cornerstone of Merrimack Style and stewardship is engrained in all we do. We aid the communities we serve in the forms of scholarships, sponsorships, and grants – and we encourage our employees to take active roles in the community by proudly supporting the thousands of hours of community service they provide each year. Watch the short videos below to learn more:
Sponsorships and Contributions
If you are interested in having Merrimack County Savings Bank support your non-profit organization, please contact your local office. For a listing, click here.
Sharing your message
We are always happy to help local non-profits share information about their organizations and special events:
- Each office has a community board to display flyers and posters
- We can post messages and event information on digital signs in most of our office lobbies
- Agencies can provide inserts to distribute in lobbies and cash envelopes
Please Note: that we cannot promote lotteries or religious or political messages. Other restrictions may apply.
The Merrimack County Savings Bank Dr. Robert E. Boucher Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one graduating senior from Merrimack Valley High School. Information and applications for this scholarship are available at the guidance office at Merrimack Valley High School.
The Merrimack County Savings Bank in Honor of Dudley W. Orr is awarded annually and managed through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Interested students should contact the Foundation for more information.
The William H. Hilton Community Service Award is awarded annually to one graduating senior from Bow High School. Information and applications for this scholarship are available at the guidance office at Bow High School.
The Merrimack County Savings Bank Scholarship is awarded annually to one graduating senior from each of the following public high schools:
- Bow High School
- Concord High School
- Hopkinton High School
- Nashua High School North
- Nashua High School South
Information and applications for this scholarship are available at guidance offices at the schools listed above. You can also access the application here.
Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA)
The IOLTA program was created in 1982 when a NH Supreme Court ruling began requiring attorneys to maintain a pooled interest-bearing trust account for clients’ funds which were nominal in amount or to be held for a short period of time. Under Supreme Court Rule 50, the interest generated in those accounts was required to be transferred to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation for charitable purposes. Since its inception, the IOLTA program has raised more than $28 million to help provide legal services to New Hampshire citizens who are struggling to overcome poverty.
To be designated as a Leadership Bank by the NH Bar Foundation, The Merrimack must pay 2% or higher interest on IOLTAs, exceed the bank’s standard NOW account rate, and waive routine service charges.
Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation Grant Awards
The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation makes grants every year to local non-profits that make a significant impact on the lives of people in the communities we serve. These grants are in addition to the bank’s regular contributions and the extraordinary volunteer efforts by our employees.
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 Trustees administer the Foundation and its activities, distributing a portion of the Foundation’s endowment each year.
Grants were awarded to:
Concord Dental Sealant Coalition
Awarded $4,000 in support of the Coalition’s mission to provide oral health education, comprehensive oral disease prevention and care coordination for Concord area school children who lack access to regular dental care.
Concord Family YMCA
Awarded $3,200 for their 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.
Awarded $2,200 to help fund the purchase of backpacks filled with basic and medical essentials to pediatric patients after their stay at Concord Hospital. These patients are often discharged to foster homes, facilities or alternate living situations. Concord Hospital is a non-profit, charitable organization that meets the health needs of individuals within the communities they serve. A regional health system, their five centers of excellence include: Center for Cardiac Care, Center for Urologic Care, Payson Center for Cancer Care, the Orthopedic Institute and Women’s Health Services.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Manchester
Awarded $2,000 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
Awarded $3,000 to aid the organization’s “Pathways toward Independence” program, designed to provide stable housing for 56 individuals over the next year. Family Promise was established to provide shelter, meals, hospitality and support through a network of local congregations and an interfaith group of more than 400 volunteers.
Friendly Kitchen, Concord
Awarded $5,000 for the purchase of upgraded security and cameras. The Friendly Kitchen provides meals for the hungry through the coordination of community volunteer resources. The only soup kitchen in Concord, the Friendly Kitchen is run by volunteers who plan the menus, prepare, cook and serve breakfasts, lunches and dinners and wash dishes.
The Friends Program, Concord
Awarded $4,000 to provide critical temporary housing, support, education, training and skills for homeless families and individuals. The Friends Program is a social service organization that provides emergency housing for homeless families and medically challenged individuals; an intergenerational program that creates meaningful opportunities for seniors to work with children; a senior volunteer program that links a volunteer’s skills to otherwise unmet needs within the community; and a mentoring program for at-risk youth.
Front Door Agency, Nashua
Awarded $2,500 for 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
Awarded $3,000 to operate permanent housing units for homeless parents, children and veterans in Greater Nashua. Harbor Homes serves low-income individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with mental illness and other disabilities.
Hooksett Scouts BSA Troop 603
Awarded $2,000 to allow local scouts the opportunity to attend summer camp. Troop 603 is scout-led, scout-run troop for boys and girls, aged 11 to 17. Participants are supported and guided by highly trained and committed adult mentors who “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” Troop 603 empowers their scouts to develop leadership skills and independence.
Marguerite’s Place, Nashua
Awarded $2,000 to help establish an emergency fund for residents that enables them to overcome common barriers to participation in the workforce or education programs such as: books, fees, license fees, prep courses needed to gain certification, uniforms, bus vouchers or child care.
Mayhew Program, Bristol
Awarded $3,000 to support tuition for Merrimack County boys, aged 10 to 18, in Mayhew’s school-year mentoring program and residential summer camp program at no cost to their families. Mayhew challenges and helps at-risk NH boys believe in themselves, work well with others and find their personal best.
Merrimack Valley Day Care Service, Concord
Awarded $2,000 for the installation of a security system to limit access to the organization’s buildings. Merrimack Valley Day Care Service offers high quality and affordable childcare services for children of low-income families and for children with special needs.
Nashua PAL, Police Athletic League
Awarded $2,000 to support the Nashua PAL’s Building on Hope project, the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven building. The Youth Safe Haven building will be home to afterschool and summer programming for 400 youth as well as PAL Boxing for 75 youth and adults. Building on Hope is a community organization of volunteers who work with builders, architects and designers to provide physical improvements to facilities associated with non-profits. The Nashua PAL fosters positive experiences between the children of Nashua and the members of the Nashua Police Department through sponsored sports, activities and enrichment programs.
Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter
Awarded $2,500 for the purchase of food being served and items being distributed from the food pantry to homeless and low-income individuals and families in the Greater Nashua area. The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter provides shelter and food to those in need. They also work to end homelessness and to alleviate poverty as well as the conditions that force individuals and families with children into hunger, homelessness and poverty.
NHTI Community College, Concord
Awarded $2,500 to the NHTI Dental Hygiene Clinic for the purchase of new equipment that would allow them to expand services to more patients. The NHTI Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Dental Hygiene Clinic offers patient-centered care, providing students with hands-on learning and education. Students are educated and evaluated to laboratory and clinical competency prior to treating patients, and are closely supervised and evaluated.
St. Joseph Community Services, Merrimack
Awarded $3,000 to reduce hunger and isolation among low-income, homebound, older and disabled adults in Hillsborough County. Over 400 volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels and friendly visits to homebound, older and disabled adults. St. Joseph Community Services fosters independence and life enrichment for seniors and other qualified adults through nutrition, social engagement and community services.
Pittsfield Youth Workshop
Awarded $2,500 for 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.
Riverbend Community Mental Health, Concord
Awarded $2,500 to support Riverbend’s “Choices Adolescent Treatment” services, which is designed for youth outpatient programs. Riverbend Community Mental Health Center provides specialized behavioral health services to more than 7,000 adults, children and families in central New Hampshire.
YMCA of Greater Nashua
Awarded $4,000 to help fund a 6-week summer learning loss prevention program for 400 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.
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 being served. Grant applications are due annually by September 1st.