First County Bank Foundation

Apply Today for the Richard E. Taber Scholarship

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Reyno Giallongo, President, First County Bank Foundation, Richard E. “Dick” Taber and Karen Kelly, Vice President, First County Bank Foundation present three $5,000 to Vanessa Giraldo, Douglas Raigosa and Allison Tovar the 2016 Richard E. Taber Scholarship recipients.

In 2011, after 40 years of service, Richard “Dick” E. Taber retired from the Bank as Chairman and CEO. His retirement also removed him from an initiative he had championed during his time at the Bank, the First County Bank Foundation. To honor Dick and all the good he did for the Bank, we award the Richard E. Taber Scholarship to graduating high school seniors in his honor.

The Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award rewards high school seniors residing in lower Fairfield County towns of Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Westport, or Norwalk who are overall well-rounded citizens. The criteria for selection are best defined by the word C.L.A.S.S. (Citizenship; Leadership; Academics; Service; Sportsmanship). Unlike many scholarships based on top academic achievement or athletic ability, this one is weighted towards demonstrated leadership and caring for the community in which we live. The Foundation will award three $5,000 scholarships to three deserving high school seniors in our community.

Application forms are accepted from January 1st to May 1st. In an effort to make the application process easier and more convenient we now offer the application online. To apply, click here or visit the link below.

http://firstcountybank.com/richard-e-taber-citizenship-award

 

First County Bank Foundation

Hurry – The Grant Deadline is Approaching!

sdfasdfsdfasOur Foundation was established in 2001 to honor the Bank’s 150th Anniversary. Since then, the First County Bank Foundation has awarded over 1,000 individual grants, worth over $7.5 million to local nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, affordable housing and quality of life initiatives, and educational enrichment programs for families and children.

Our Standard Grant Application is quickly approaching its March 31st deadline. All grant requests are considered, with the average amount awarded in the range of $2,500 to $5,000. The priority areas of focus are programs that:

  • Support community and economic development such as job skills training and placement, initiatives to promote independence and self-sufficiency, meeting food, clothing, health and shelter needs, senior services and family support programs.
  • Increase the availability of affordable housing and programs that support quality of life including supportive and transitional housing, housing rehabilitation programs and first time homebuyer initiatives.
  • Provide educational enrichment for families and children including mentoring programs, summer activities, funding for college classes and parenting classes.

In an effort to streamline the application process and make it easier to apply, we are pleased to announce our new online application. To apply for the Standard Grant, click here or visit the link below.

http://firstcountybank.com/standard-grant

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A+ for the FirstClass Teacher Grant

Ms. LaMonica K - Rey Use for PRIn 2016, our First County Bank Foundation celebrated its 15th Anniversary which has become the cornerstone for everything done here at the Bank. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded over 1,000 individual grants, worth over $7.5 million.

The First County Bank Foundation commemorated its 15 years by introducing the FirstClass Grant for Teachers. This grant was designed to help support and foster creative educational programs in the classroom. In its first application period we received a variety of great applications from local public elementary school teachers and were able to award nineteen total FirstClass Grants. See below for the full list of recipients.

 

Below are the 2016-17 school year recipients of the FirstClass Teacher Grants:

  • Andrew Pearce from Columbus Magnet School, to support the Young Astronauts in Space Program – $1,000.00
  • Catherine Byrne from Hamilton Ave School, to support Constructive Recess – $1,000.00
  • Beverly Boyd from Hart Magnet Elementary School, to support Fun with Phonics – $953.54
  • Audra LaMonica from Hart Magnet Elementary School, to support Geology Rocks – $550.00
  • Tammy Childs from Hart Magnet Elementary School, to support Coding for the Future $960.00
  • Linda Kuehn from Hart Magnet Elementary School, to support Forces of Habit – $1,000.00
  • Susan Christiano from Hart Magnet Elementary School, to support Zooming in on My Environment – $986.98
  • Monica Strobel from Julia A. Stark Elementary School, to support Building Vocabulary Understanding – $856.99
  • Gregory Herrmann from Julia A. Stark Elementary School, to support LEGO Rhythms – $318.78
  • Melissa Smith from Julia A. Stark Elementary School, to support Determined to Breakout! – $834.00
  • Liz Hirtenstein from Julia A. Stark Elementary School, to support If They Can Think It, They Can Build It – $960.00
  • Judy Kinzler from Julia A. Stark Elementary School, to support Materials for Fine Motor Development – $206.00
  • Joan Skloot from Marvin Elementary School, to support Integrated Rainstick Study – $660.00
  • Lucila Telesco from Newfield Elementary School, to support LEGO StoryStarter Program -$1,000.00
  • Lissette Guerra-Rhazali from Newfield Elementary School, to support Multiplication Masters – $403.92
  • Sharlene Turner from Rogers International School, to support Magnet Magic – $1,000.00
  • Keely Norton from Scofield Magnet Middle School, to support Explorations Maker Space -$1,000.00
  • Erin Gray from Springdale School, to support Breakout EDU – $250.00
  • Tracy O’Neill from Westover Magnet School, to support Scholastic News Magazine – $756.66

 

First County Bank Foundation

First County Bank Foundation supports Stamford Hospital Foundation with a Multi-year Grant.

First County Bank Foundation announces a multi-year grant to the Stamford Hospital Foundation, totaling $25,000. In recognition of this grant, the Hospital named the Emergency Department Nourishment Center in First County Bank Foundation’s honor.

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In front of Stamford Hospital’s “Cornerstone Society”, First County Bank Foundation presents its grant to the Stamford Hospital Foundation with Christopher J. Riendeau, senior vice president, Fund Development of Stamford Hospital Foundation, Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president, First County Bank Foundation and chairman and CEO of First County Bank, Karen Kelly, vice president, First County Bank Foundation and senior vice president, CMO of First County Bank, and Stephanie A. McLaughlin, Esq., director, Stamford Hospital Foundation.

“It is a privilege to support Stamford Hospital and provide patients and visitors to Stamford Hospital’s Emergency Department with sustenance during their stay,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “The Stamford Hospital Foundation and its donors were critical to financing the new Stamford Hospital which is an amazing community resource. It is an honor to have its Emergency Department Nourishment Center named after the Foundation.”

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First County Bank Foundation Grant Applications Now Being Accepted Convenient Online Application

First County Bank Foundation LogoFirst County Bank Foundation announces the availability of its 2017 grant application for nonprofit organizations in lower Fairfield County. This year, the application can be conveniently completed online. The deadline for submitting standard grant applications is March 31, 2017.

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must have nonprofit tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve the communities of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport. Applicant organizations must support community and economic development, increase the availability of affordable housing or support quality of life and educational enrichment for families and children. Since the First County Bank Foundation was formed in 2001, it has awarded individual grants exceeding $7.5 million. The Grant application form is available on the Bank’s website at: http://www.firstcountybank.com/application-process.

“Each year we look forward to receiving and evaluating incoming grant applications. It is always gratifying to see the breadth and depth of programs that our local nonprofits are spearheading. And, for those first-time grant applications, we welcome the opportunity to get to know you better,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation. “First County Bank Foundation and First County Bank’s directors, corporators, officers and employees, take great pride in distributing charitable contributions to local nonprofit organizations to help assure local needs will be met.”

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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
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$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.
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$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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First County Bank Foundation Grants $21,000 to New Canaan Nonprofits

Sara Tucker, Nicole Konaman, Stacy Gendels and Caroleigh Evarts of New Canaan Mounted Troop were presented with a $2,500 grant from First County Bank Foundation by David VanBuskirk, AVP, Business Banking at First County Bank. New Canaan Mounted Troop provides equestrian therapeutic programs for youth with special needs.

Sara Tucker, Nicole Konaman, Stacy Gendels and Caroleigh Evarts of New Canaan Mounted Troop were presented with a $2,500 grant from First County Bank Foundation by David VanBuskirk, assistant vice president, business banking at First County Bank. New Canaan Mounted Troop provides equestrian therapeutic programs for youth with special needs.

We are pleased to announce that the First County Bank Foundation has recently awarded six New Canaan-based nonprofit groups a total of $21,000 in grants to support these organizations with their mission to provide needed services in local communities. First County Bank Foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary and has awarded individual grants worth over $7.5 million since its inception in 2001.

“First County Bank Foundation is celebrating its 15th Anniversary of supporting community-based charitable organizations which provide essential services to improve the lives of people in the local communities they serve,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation. “It’s exciting to be part of an organization which works together with these charities to ensure basic needs are met.”

First County Bank Foundation granted Waveny Life Care Network $5,000 for their elder care programs and $5,000 to Getabout, for their senior rides program. In addition, First County Bank Foundation granted $2,500 to The Community Fund of New Canaan for their local programs, $2,500 to New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc., for their therapeutic riding and horsemanship program for people with special needs, $3,500 to Silvermine Arts Center for their Art Partners outreach program to under-resourced schools and $2,500 to Arts for Healing for music and creative arts therapy programs for people with special needs.

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First County Bank Foundation Grants $45,500 to Greenwich Nonprofits

We are pleased to announce that the First County Bank Foundation has recently awarded 11 Greenwich-based nonprofit groups a total of $45,500 in grants to support these organizations with their mission to provide needed services in local communities. First County Bank Foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary and has awarded individual grants worth over $7.5 million since its inception in 2001.

“First County Bank Foundation is celebrating its 15th Anniversary of supporting community-based charitable organizations which provide essential services to improve the lives of people in the local communities they serve,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation. “It’s exciting to be part of an organization which works together with these charities to ensure basic needs are met.”

The following 11 Greenwich-based nonprofit organizations received First County Bank Foundation grants in 2015:

Kids in Crisis $10,000 For children’s shelter program
River House Adult Day Center $2,500 For senior daycare programs
Hill House $6,500 For elderly low-moderate income housing
Greenwich Alliance for Education $5,000 Going Places with Books program
Jewish Family Services of Greenwich $4,000 Super-marketing for seniors
Neighbor to Neighbor $2,500 Supplemental food program
United Way of Greenwich, CT $2,500 For various programs
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
Abilis, Inc. $5,000 Assistance to adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families
Meals on Wheels $2,500 To support meals to the elderly and home-bound
 Jagjiwan Singh, Assistant Vice President Business Banking of First County Bank presents a $10,000 grant from First County Bank Foundation to Alon Marom, director of development, Corporate & Community Giving, for Kids in Crisis. This grant helps fund Safe Haven for Kids shelter program.

Jagjiwan Singh, assistant vice president business banking of First County Bank presents a $10,000 grant from First County Bank Foundation to Alon Marom, director of development, corporate & community giving, for Kids in Crisis. This grant helps fund Safe Haven for Kids shelter program.

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First County Bank Foundation Grants $17,500 to Darien Nonprofits

First County Bank Foundation supports Person-to-Person with a $7,000 donation in their efforts to provide emergency assistance to community members in need. Pictured (left to right): Marianne Delaney, director of development, Person-to-Person, Ceci Maher, executive director, Person-to-Person, Aitza Cabrera, branch manager, First County Bank and John "Jack" Dowling, VP, commercial banker, First County Bank.

First County Bank Foundation supports Person-to-Person with a $7,000 donation in their efforts to provide emergency assistance to community members in need. Pictured (left to right): Marianne Delaney, director of development, Person-to-Person; Ceci Maher, executive director, Person-to-Person; Aitza Cabrera, branch manager, First County Bank; and John “Jack” Dowling, Vice President, commercial banker, First County Bank.

We are pleased to announce that the First County Bank Foundation has recently awarded four Darien-based nonprofit groups a total of $17,500 in grants to support these organizations with their mission to provide needed services in local communities. First County Bank Foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary and has awarded individual grants worth over $7.5 million since its inception in 2001.

“First County Bank Foundation is celebrating its 15th Anniversary of supporting community-based charitable organizations which provide essential services to improve the lives of people in the local communities they serve,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation. “It’s exciting to be part of an organization which works together with these charities to ensure basic needs are met.”

First County Bank Foundation granted The Community Fund of Darien $2,500 for local programs, At Home in Darien $2,500 to increase transportation services for seniors, Person to Person $7,500 for their Emergency Assistance Program to provide a safety net and emergency financial assistance to low income individuals and The Tiny Miracles Foundation $5,000 for financial aid to parents of premature babies.
First County Bank Foundation

Our Foundation Celebrates 15 Years!

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What started with a nugget of an idea has profoundly changed our Bank. In 2001, our Board of Directors created the First County Bank Foundation – which this past week celebrated 15 years of giving back to the community! And some 15 years later, our Foundation continues to grow and build on its success – recently achieving an important milestone – that is, distributing more than $7.5Million in charitable donations to hundreds of local nonprofits since its inception.

So, what do these dollars and numbers really mean? To name a few, we’ve:

  • Funded numerous first time home-buyer programs;
  • Sustained a healthy snack program at the Greenwich YMCA;
  • Provided seed capital for a Small Business Education Center and a Maker’s Space Program at the Ferguson Library in Stamford;
  • Supported infrastructure upgrades at our local shelters;
  • Provided tuition enabling thousands of children to attend summer camps.

To commemorate this milestone, we created the FirstClass Grant Program for K-6 public school teachers looking to fund imaginative programs and projects in their classrooms. This new grant program went from concept to accepting applications in 4 months and should sustain itself for many, many years to come.

One of our primary focuses has been education and the importance of teaching the principles of Financial Literacy to young people. Our newly opened student-run branch at AITE high school in Stamford is off to a great start, providing in-class and one-on-one training to the students while teaching them job skills in banking and finance.

This commitment to community has a prominent place in the Core Values of the Bank and impacts our employees on a daily basis. Our giving and relationships with our nonprofit partners have profoundly changed the Bank and how we do business. We started the Foundation 15 years ago as a nice thing to do, but since then it’s become the cornerstone of everything we do.