First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support ARI of Connecticut, Women’s Business Development Council, United Way of Greenwich, and Waveny Lifecare Network

We are honored to give back to our local communities – here are a few more 2017 Grant recipients!

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ARI of Connecticut, Inc. – $7,500
“Enriching the lives of people with disabilities and their families by enabling them to achieve their fullest potential at home, at work, and in the community.” Pictured (Left to Right): Mark D. Rosenbloom, VP, Manager Cash Management Services, First County Bank, Rick Zaremski, SVP, Commercial Lending Manager, Susanne D. Kuligowski, President & CEO, ARI of Connecticut, Inc., Rickey Denes, Board Member, ARI of Connecticut, Inc.

Women’s Business Development Council, Inc. – $3,500
“The Women’s Business Development Council empowers women and men to become thriving employers and more effective employees. From starting or growing a business to increasing income, the Women’s Business Development Council illuminates business success in a tangible and accessible way.” Pictured (Left to Right): Sara Tucker, SVP, Director Business Banking, First County Bank, Karen Kelly, SVP, CMO, First County Bank, Fran Pastore, CEO, Women’s Business Development Council, Inc., Chrisopher Landino, Development Director, Women’s Business Development Council, Inc., Sandra Greer, VP, Trust & Investment Officer, First County Bank.

United Way of Greenwich, CT – $2,500
Their mission is to “mobilize the community in strategic efforts to identify and address critical human service needs.” Pictured (Left to Right): Jagjiwan Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank, Jeremy Nappi, Director of Development, United Way of Greenwich, Jeff Robinson, AVP, Branch Manager Greenwich, First County Bank.

Waveny Lifecare Network – $5,000
Waveny Lifecare “provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of seniors from all areas.” Pictured (Left to Right): Joanne Boyer, Director of Development, Waveny Lifecare Network, Cynthia Gorey, Vice President of Development, Waveny Lifecare Network, Agnieszka Maciejewski, AVP, Branch Manager New Canaan, First County Bank, David Van Buskirk, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support Inspirica, Ferguson Library, Laurel House, and the Greenwich Alliance for Education

 

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Inspirica – $10,000
Inspirica’s mission is “to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives.” Pictured (Left to Right): Karen Kelly, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, First County Bank, Mark D. Rosenbloom, VP, Manager Cash Management Services, First County Bank, Jason T. Shaplen, CEO, Inspirica, Inc., Edens Fleurizard, AVP, Branch Manager Prospect St., First County Bank, Richard Zaremski, SVP, Commercial Lending Manager.

Greenwich Alliance for Education – $5,000
The Greenwich Alliance for Education “mobilizes community resources to foster educational success for all Greenwich Public School students.” Pictured (Left to Right): Jeff Robinson, AVP, Branch Manager, Greenwich, First County Bank, Julie Faryniarz, Executive Director, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Jagjiwan Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

Laurel House, Inc. – $7,500
“Laurel House provides mental health resources to people coping with mental illness, and their families, across numerous communities in and around Connecticut.” Pictured (Left to Right): Camilo Duque, AVP, Branch Manager Summer St., First County Bank, Linda Autore, President and CEO, Laurel House, Inc., Greg Pauletti, Thinking Well Program Manager, Laurel House, Inc., Michael Yao, VP, Senior Commercial Banking Officer, First County Bank.

Ferguson Library – $10,000
Ferguson Library’s mission is to “provide free and equal access to information, ideas, books and technology to educate and enrich the Stamford community.” Pictured (Left to Right): Mark D. Rosenbloom, VP, Manager Cash Management Services, First County Bank, Michael Yao, VP, Senior Commercial Banking Officer, First County Bank, Alice S. Knapp, President, Ferguson Library, Elizabeth Joseph, Coordinator, Information and Adult Services, Ferguson Library, David Metzgar, SVP, Senior Trust Officer.

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First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support The Center, Starfish Connection, Homes with Hope & the Community Fund of Darien – United Way

Engagement in the nonprofit community is in our DNA, here at First County Bank. Take a look at these check deliveries!

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The Center – $5,000
“Serving the eight towns of lower Fairfield County since 1979, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education provides free, 24-hour confidential help to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault.” Pictured (Left to Right): Edens Fleurizard, AVP, Branch Manager Prospect St., First County Bank, Ivonne Zucco, Executive Director, The Center, Jeffrey Costa, AVP, Trust Officer, First County Bank.

Starfish Connection – $4,000
Starfish Connection’s “mission is to help academically talented youth from low income families reach their potential and their dreams of attending college by providing mentorship and support in education along with enrichment and extracurricular activities.” Pictured (Left to Right): Janet Schneider, Executive Director, Starfish Connection and Jack Dowling, VP, Commercial Banker, First County Bank.

Homes with Hope, Inc. – $10,000
“Homes with Hope assists people who have lost their ability to remain in their own homes.” Pictured (Left to Right): Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank, Karen Mahar, Director of Resource & Development, Homes with Hope, Inc., Jeff Wieser, President & CEO, Homes with Hope, Inc., Beth Brucker, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Duncan Lee, Branch Manager Westport, First County Bank.

Community Fund of Darien – United Way – $2,500
The Community Fund of Darien is a “nonprofit organization that addresses health and human services needs in Darien and our surrounding towns of Stamford and Norwalk.” Pictured (Left to Right): Aitza Cabrera, AVP, Branch Manager Darien, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Carrie Bernier, Executive Director, Community Fund of Darien, Steve Ward, President, Community Fund of Darien, Mark D. Rosenbloom, VP, Manager Cash Management Services, First County Bank.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support Earthplace, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, United Way of Western CT & Person-to-Person

Every summer we look forward to supporting local nonprofits and their various missions within our community. Here are a few of the checks we’ve given out so far!

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Earthplace, The Discovery Nature Center – $2,500
“The mission of Earthplace is to build a passion in our community for nature and the environment through education, experience, and action.” Pictured (Left to Right): Duncan Lee, Branch Manager Westport, First County Bank, Beth Brucker, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Tony McDowell, Executive Director, Earthplace, The Discovery Nature Center, Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum – $1,000
“The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States.” Pictured (Left to Right): Susan Gilgore, PhD, Executive Director, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Mary-Pat Cottrell, Treasurer, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Stephanie Frederick, VP, Systems Manager, First County Bank, Richard Evanko, VP, Business Banking Manager, First County Bank, Patsy R. Brescia, Chairman, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.

United Way of Western CT – Stamford – $10,000
United Way of Western CT, “improves the lives of hard-working, struggling households by mobilizing the resources of local communities to create lasting change.” Pictured (Left to Right): Tom Berta, VP, Manager of Branch Sales and Service, First County Bank, Kim Morgan, CEO, United Way of Western CT, Camilo Duque, Branch Manager Summer St., First County Bank.

Person-to-Person – $7,500
“Person-to-Person provides emergency assistance for basic needs plus other support to individuals and families as they move toward financial stability.” Pictured (Left to Right): Aitza Cabrera, AVP, Branch Manager Darien, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Ceci Maher, Executive Director, Person-to-Person, Mark D. Rosenbloom, VP, Manager Cash Management Services, First County Bank.

First County Bank Foundation

First County Bank Foundation Awards Three High School Seniors with Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarships

First County Bank recently announced this year’s recipients of the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarships. This annual award honors high school students living in lower Fairfield County who consistently demonstrate good citizenship at school, at home and in the community.

The program awards scholarships to three deserving students and is designed to recognize and encourage young people who are honest, hard-working, helpful and fair. Each year, the foundation accepts student applications from the beginning of the year until the end of April; the recipients are notified in May. The award is named after Richard E. Taber who retired as chairman and CEO of First County Bank in March 2011. It is in recognition of Taber’s 40-plus-year career at the bank and innumerable contributions to the community.

Each of the following students were chosen to receive a $5,000 Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarship: Katherine Tracey of Greenwich attends Greenwich High School and will attend University of Notre Dame majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral studies; Luis Quesada of Norwalk attends Academy of Information Technology and Engineering and will attend Norwalk Community College studying general engineering courses; Hayley Smith of Stamford attends Westhill High School and will attend Eckerd College majoring in psychology.

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Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarship recipients for 2017 are Hayley Smith of Westhill High School, Luis Quesada of AITE and Katherine Tracey of Greenwich High School with Richard E. Taber, retired president of First County Bank Foundation and retired chairman & CEO of First County Bank, Karen M. Kelly, vice president of First County Bank Foundation and senior vice president & CMO of First County Bank and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Foundation and chairman & CEO of First County Bank.

“We are amazed at the caliber of graduating high school seniors applying for the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award. These students exemplify good citizenship and service to our local communities,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, and president of the foundation. “We are excited to present scholarships to these amazing students, knowing that we are supporting future leaders with hearts for service.”

Richard Taber, a member of the board of directors at First County Bank, said, “I am very proud to have my name associated with three such community-minded and talented young adults. With the level of success they have already achieved, I’m certain they will have a successful future.”

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First County Bank selects Pacific House to Receive Special Grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s “Jobs for New England” Program

First County Bank is pleased to announce that Pacific House was selected to receive a grant as a result of the Bank’s involvement in a special program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. First County Bank accessed the Jobs For New England program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston which promotes economic development in the community by providing special financing to its member banks to fund small business loans specifically to create or preserve jobs, expand woman, minority, or veteran-owned businesses, or to otherwise stimulate the economy in the New England communities.

First County Bank utilized the Jobs for New England program to fund the purchase of an office building and to renovate the building for a local dental practice. This resulted in increasing the building’s value, improving the surrounding neighborhood and increasing local employment by adding jobs to its growing dental practice. Because of the Bank’s first-time participation in this program, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston made a grant available to a non-profit of the Bank’s choice through its Grants for New England Partnerships. First County Bank chose Pacific House, Inc., due to its innovative approach to developing housing for the homeless.

Left to Right: First County Bank Business Banking employees Sara Tucker, senior vice president and director Business Banking Division, Jim Darling, vice president and team leader, Patty Sweeney, vice president, present a First County Bank Foundation $10,000 grant to Jerome Roberts, Associate Executive Director, and John Silango, Chief Financial Officer of Pacific House, Inc.

Left to Right: First County Bank Business Banking employees Sara Tucker, senior vice president and director Business Banking Division, Jim Darling, vice president and team leader, Patty Sweeney, vice president, present a First County Bank Foundation $10,000 grant to Jerome Roberts, Associate Executive Director, and John Silango, Chief Financial Officer of Pacific House, Inc.

“It is exciting for First County Bank to participate in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Jobs For New England program along with the honor to select Pacific House as a special grant recipient. This program improves our local economy in so many ways, “ said Sara Tucker, senior vice president and director of Business Banking at First County Bank. “It is amazing how one loan can grow a local business, increase the value of a neighborhood, expand employment and benefit a local nonprofit’s mission, making a strong economic impact in such a positive manner.”

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston awarded $2,500 to Pacific House, Inc. on behalf of First County Bank. This grant augments the $10,000 grant given by First County Bank Foundation, Inc. to Pacific House, Inc.  The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston grant to Pacific House demonstrates the collaboration taking place in New England between financial service partners to benefit the community and focus on economic development.

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

First County Bank Foundation

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.”