First County Bank boosts Greenwich non-profits

The foundation said there are seven grants being given for “innovative programs promoting literacy, health care and nutrition for individuals and families in Greenwich.” These grants are part of the foundation’s commitment to nonprofit organizations that encourage community and economic development, or assist children and families of lower Fairfield County.

“We believe these causes play a vital role in learning and enriching our communities,” said Katherine Harris, president and COO of First County Bank and vice president of the foundation. “The First County Bank Foundation is proud to support these organizations that have demonstrated leadership, creativity and innovation in helping the people of Greenwich.”

Under these grants, Abilis will receive $5,000 to support its youth services and Family Centers Inc. gets $2,500 for its school-based health centers providing comprehensive physical, dental and mental health treatment as well as prevention and support services for public school students. Additionally the Greenwich Alliance for Education was given $5,000 for Going Places with Books a bilingual early literacy program targeting preschoolers delivered via its Storymobile RV. Jewish Family Services of Greenwich was given $2,500 for Supermarketing for Seniors, a grocery shopping and case management program for elderly Greenwich residents who want to remain in their own homes but need help to shop.

The foundation also gave Kids in Crisis $15,000 for its Safe Haven for Kids shelter program that provides emergency residential shelter for children from birth to 17-years-old. Neighbor to Neighbor received $2,500 for its supplemental food program for qualified Greenwich residents that provided each family with three nutritious meals for three days each week .The Greenwich United Way received $2,500 for its town-based programs.

Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded a total of 644 individual grants, worth more than $4.6 million. The First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families.

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.

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