In December 1987, Judith Moriarty, the coordinator for the Shelter Support Service of Gateway Communities Inc. a private, nonprofit community mental health agency in Stamford, arrived at her car to find a horrible surprise. Her car had been broken into and $400 worth of presents for Stamford’s homeless had been stolen.
Judith vowed that she would replace the presents by the time they were scheduled to be distributed, just six days later. The community rallied behind her efforts to replace the presents and in the end, ten times the original number of gifts were donated. Specifically, Stamford Savings Bank employees donated $500 of their own money so that the less fortunate would have a better holiday.
Today, the tradition of employee involvement and volunteerism continues through fundraisers and other community activities.
2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own memories of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using #FirstCounty165.