The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $56,900 to 20 non-profit organizations serving local communities. These grants are additional to the Bank’s local contributions in the form of sponsorships, donations and scholarships, as well as volunteer efforts of employees.
“Giving back has always been central to our mission,” says Linda Lorden, President of the Merrimack. “The Foundation allows us to support organizations that strengthen the places where we work and live, and helps to improve the lives of our customers, employees and the local community as a whole.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Front Door Agency, Nashua
Awarded $2,500 for affordable housing, supportive services and extensive case management to homeless women and children in Greater Nashua.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
St. Joseph Community Services, Merrimack
Awarded $3,000 to reduce hunger and isolation among low-income, homebound, older and disabled adults in Hillsborough County through Meals on Wheels.
Pittsfield Youth Workshop
Awarded $2,500 for afterschool programming for more than 200 students in grades 6-12 in Pittsfield and surrounding towns.
Riverbend Community Mental Health, Concord
Awarded $2,500 to support Riverbend's “Choices Adolescent Treatment” services, which is designed for youth outpatient programs.
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.