First County Bank Foundation

First County Bank Foundation Grants over $530,000 to Nonprofits

15TH-ANNIVERSARYFirst County Bank Foundation recently celebrated its 15th Anniversary of Mutual Partnerships at The Loading Dock in Stamford. First County Bank Foundation announced its 2016 Standard Grant awards to 89 local nonprofit groups. In addition, the Foundation awards CommunityFirst grants throughout the year and launched the new FirstClass Grant Program for K-6 teachers in 2016. These nonprofits, many of which were in attendance, received over $530,000 in grants from the First County Bank Foundation to support their mission to provide needed services in local communities.

First County Bank Foundation’s Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to network and celebrate successes and share insights. The Foundation’s support of the local community provides a great source of pride for employees and Board of Directors.

“First County Bank Foundation is proud to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of supporting community-based nonprofit organizations,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation. “The Foundation is the cornerstone of everything the Bank does, and it’s rewarding to be part of an organization which works together with these organizations to ensure basic needs are met.”

Since its inception in 2001, the First County Bank Foundation has awarded individual grants totaling over $7.5 million. The following local nonprofit organizations received First County Bank Foundation Standard Grants in 2016:

Organization Amount For
Abilis, Inc. $5,000 Assistance to adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families
AmeriCares Free
Clinics (See HomeFront)
$3,500 The Bob Macauley AmeriCares Free Clinic of Norwalk. Provide free quality healthcare to low income, uninsured residents of Greater Norwalk.
ARI of Connecticut Inc. $7,500 Individualized Home Supports
Arts for Healing $2,500 For music and creative arts therapy programs for people with special needs
At Home in Darien $2,500 To increase transportation services for seniors
Ballet School of Stamford $2,500 To help develop ballet programs
Bartlett Arboretum & Garden Centers $5,000 To preserve the natural environment
Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, Inc. $10,000 Summer Fun Camp – seven week program. 400 youth.
Center for
exual/Assault Crisis Counseling and
Education, The
$5,000 Provides sexual assault crisis counseling, advocacy and education (Children/ Families)
Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County $5,000 To improve the mental and behavioral health of children and teens through treatment, education, and community support
Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Inc. $10,000 Emergency mobile psychiatric Services
Childcare Learning Centers $15,000 Teacher Education
Circle of Care $2,500 Provides support to children with cancer and their families at the initial time of hospitalization
Community Fund of Darien, The $2,500 Supporting local programs
Community Fund of New Canaan, The $2,500 Supporting local programs
Community Plates $5,000 Hunger relief – Direct transfer food rescue
Courage to Speak Foundation, The $5,000 To help fund the process of updating the teaching materials for the Courage to Speak drug prevention education program
Domestic Violence Center $5,000 offers legal, children, housing and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence
DOMUS $10,000 Serves middle school students attending their Trailblazers Academy before and after school programs as well as over the summer and other school breaks
Earthplace, The Discovery Nature Center $2,500 For the natural history museum, wildlife rehabilitation program, water quality laboratory, after school and summer camp programs
ElderHouse, Inc. $5,000 Adult Day Program
Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Southern CT, Inc., The $10,000 Crisis Parent Aide general operating fund
Fairfield County Hospice House Inc. $10,000 Ambassador Program. Educate the community about end of life choices and the benefits of hospice care and a hospice house.
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation $3,000 Center for Non-Profit Excellence
Family & Children’s Agency, Inc. $15,000 FCA integrates services during Pregnancy and follow a vulnerable family until a child turns 8 years old
Ferguson Library, The $10,000 Expand the technology, tools and training available to entrepreneurs in our community through the creation of a Maker Space in the Adult Services Department.
Fraternal Order of the Umbrella, Inc. $2,500 To support charitable services
Future Five $6,000 General Operating Support
George Washington Carver Foundation of Norwalk $5,000 Youth Development Program – emphasis on K-12 after school activities to encourage on-time high school graduation and college readiness
Getabout $5,000 To support Senior transportation program
Greenwich Alliance for Education $5,000 Going Places with Books program
Hill House $6,500 For elderly low-moderate income housing
Homefront $5,000 Lower Fairfield County Housing Revitalization
Homes with Hope, Inc. $10,000 For emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children
Housing Development Fund, Inc. $10,000 First time homebuyer program
Human Services Council $10,000 Norwalk Mentor Program
Inspiricia, Inc. $10,000 General Operations
Jewish Family Services of Greenwich $4,000 Super-marketing for seniors
Jewish Senior Services $2,500 Provides residential and community health care services for seniors
Keystone House, Inc. $5,000 Supported Apartment Services “Home Sweet Home”
Kids Helping Kids $2,500 Allows kids to discover their individual interests while working in groups to fulfill many local and global community needs
Kids in Crisis $10,000 For children’s shelter program
Laurel House, Inc. $7,500 For Resource Center operations
Liberation Programs, Inc. $5,000 Families in Recovery program
Meals on Wheels $2,500 To support meals to the elderly and home-bound
Mill River Collaborative $15,000 To support the Mill River Collaborative programs
Neighbor to Neighbor $2,500 Supplemental food program
Neighbors Link Stamford, Corp. $3,000 Expanding economic opportunities by supporting CT residents
New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc. $2,500 Therapeutic riding and horsemanship program for people with special needs
New Covenant House of Hospitality $7,500 Food Pantry
New Neighborhoods Inc. $10,000 Tenant Advocate Program
Norwalk Community College Foundation $10,000 ESL – Bridge to Credit Tutoring Program
Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education $2,500 To teach a lifelong sport, sportsmanship and provide tutoring to student athletes
Norwalk Hospital Foundation $5,000 Project LEAN
Norwalk Mayor’s Student Engineering and Science Program $5,000 To support engineering and science learning in Norwalk schools
Norwalk Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program $5,000 Summer youth employment program
Norwalk Senior Center, Inc. $2,500 Meals on Wheels
Open Door Shelter, The $5,000 Family and Children’s services
Person To Person $7,500 Emergency Assistance Program to provide a safety net and emergency financial assistance to low income individuals
Positive Directions $5,000 For adolescent behavioral health treatment program
Project Return $2,500 For the HEAL Program providing young women in crisis a nurturing environment to heal
Regional Hospice and Home Care $3,000 Provides hospice service, palliative care and bereavement counseling for local patients and families
River House Adult Day Center $2,500 For senior daycare programs
Saint Joseph Parenting Center $5,000 For a 28 Week Parenting Program – Spanish
Salvation Army, The $5,000 Back to School Event Program (Back Packs and Supplies)
Shelter for the Homeless $10,000 Homeless shelter
Side By Side Charter School $1,500 Emphasizes diversity and active/equal involvement of parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations
Silvermine Arts Center $3,500 Supporting the Art Partners outreach program to under-resourced schools
SilverSource $10,000 Ride to wellness – medical transportation for seniors
SoundWaters, Inc. $5,000 Camp Scholarships
Stamford Center for the Arts $5,000 Triple Threat Performer Intensive arts Education Program
Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc. $11,765 For CPR training mannequins
Stamford Jewish Community Center (Stamford JCC) $7,500 Hand in Hand Summer Camp Program. Social skills development. 3rd – 8th graders with a variety of challenges.
Stamford Public Education Foundation $3,500 Continued support of mentoring efforts in the Stamford Public Schools and the purchase of a new phone system.
Stamford Senior Center $3,000 To provide seniors opportunities to stay active and healthy
STAR, Inc. $3,500 Early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and support services. Birth to Three.
Starfish Connection $4,000 Youth Enrichment Program
Tiny Miracles Foundation, The $5,000 Financial aid to parents of premature babies
United Way of Coastal CT – Norwalk $5,000 For various community programs
United Way of Coastal Connecticut – Westport $2,500 For local programs
United Way of Greenwich, CT $2,500 For various programs
United Way of Western CT- Stamford $10,000 Community programs
Waveny Life Care Network $5,000 For elder care programs
Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service $2,500 Volunteer EMS and ambulance services
Women’s Business Development Council $7,500 To empower women and men to thrive in their place of work out on their own as an entrepreneur
Women’s Mentoring Network, Inc. $3,500 Services include employment training, on the job counseling, adult education, life skills workshops and scholarship assistance for training or school.
WorkPlace, The $2,500 To develop a well-educated, well-trained and self-sufficient workforce through a coordinated system of education, training and employment
YMCA of Greenwich $2,500 Nutritious snack program to enhance development and education for children’s programs
YWCA Greenwich $2,500 Domestic abuse services and emergency shelter program


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