First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

FirstClass Grant for Teachers

First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the annual FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, a grant program developed exclusively for public school K-5 grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport public school districts. Grant applications are accepted now through the deadline of October 31, 2018 and are available online at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

“This is an exciting program supporting teachers to help them provide supplemental educational programs to their students, which otherwise may not have been affordable,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “It is rewarding to observe students’ joy of learning from these innovative programs. This is one way First County Bank Foundation demonstrates its commitment to supporting families, children and education in the communities we serve.”

FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was designed by First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom. Special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and have lasting impact. Examples of program topics include nature-based, astronomy, financial literacy, conservation, environmental, music or art. Examples of past grants are available at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use during the 2018-19 school year. Applications for the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers can be conveniently completed online at www.firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and principal authorization is required. Grant requests for books, magazine subscriptions, school trips and computer equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018.

Photo caption: Students having fun participating in one of the many supplemental educational programs sponsored by First County Bank Foundation’s FirstClass Grant for Teachers.

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First County Bank Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Applications now being accepted online

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The 2018 First County Bank Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award application is now available online. High school seniors can view the information required and apply at www.firstcountybank.com/scholarship.

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

Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in our community, but they must apply before the deadline of May 1, 2018. Each recipient will receive a personalized certificate; a check for $5,000 will be sent directly to the college of acceptance; a congratulatory advertisement with photo will appear in the local newspaper; and winners will be prominently displayed with a photo on the bank’s website.  Decisions on scholarship recipients will be made the end of May.

The award was named in honor of Richard E. Taber (Dick) who retired in 2011 from First County Bank as Chairman and CEO, and initiated the First County Bank Foundation which he championed during his 40 years at First County Bank.  “These annual scholarships honor Dick’s legacy of volunteerism and community involvement,” said Rey Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation, chairman and CEO of First County Bank.  “As a mutual community bank, we are proud to help civic-minded students start their college career and we recognize the importance of these scholarships to deserving high school seniors,” added Giallongo.

Candidate Criteria

The recipient of this award must be a high school senior who has been accepted to an accredited two- or four-year college or university.  The recipient will be selected without regard to race, sex, religion or creed.  Each candidate must:

  • Be a current resident of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan or Westport and be a graduating high school senior
  • Hold a “B” average or higher during their junior and senior years in high school
  • Provide an admission acceptance document from a two- or four-year college or university
  • Be involved in the community
  • Provide reference letters from two individuals not related to the candidate.  One letter from each of the following is preferred:
    • High school teacher or counselor
    • Community leader/volunteer program counselor
    • Provide an official high school transcript
    • Complete a brief essay (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing how the candidate best fits into the definition of “C.L.A.S.S.” (Citizenship; Leadership; Academics; Service; Sportsmanship)
    • Complete the online application, available at www.firstcountybank.com/scholarship.

Employees and directors of First County Bank and their affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies and their respective immediate families (spouse, children, parents and in-laws) are not eligible to apply for the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award.

First County Bank Foundation officers will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Foundation’s board of directors who will select the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award recipients.  All applicants will be notified by the end of May. 

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Celebrate World Teacher’s Day

World Teacher’s Day was established October 5th, 1994. World Teacher’s Day commemorates the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) actions of setting international standards for teacher organizations. The standards set by UNESCO help to recognize the great contributions teachers make to their students through education and development.

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We also recognize the great contributions that teachers make in our community, which is why we developed the FirstClass Grant for Teachers. Through this program, we hope to help fund creative educational programs for teachers inside the classroom. You too can show your appreciation of teachers by spreading the word about this opportunity. For more information or to apply for the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, click here or visit: http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Kids in Crisis, SilverSource, and YWCA Greenwich

In big and small ways we’ve been making a difference in your community through our Foundation’s philanthropic efforts.

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Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens – $5,000
“The mission of the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is to provide a sanctuary to explore, enjoy, and learn about the habitats of the natural world.” Pictured (Left to Right): Patricia Sweeney, VP, Portfolio Manager, First County Bank; Andrea Chusid, Director of Development, Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens; Jane Von Trapp, CEO, Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens.

Kids in Crisis – $10,000
“Founded in 1978, Kids in Crisis provides free, round-the-clock help for Fairfield County, Connecticut children, teens and parents of all socio-economic levels dealing with any type of crisis, including abuse, neglect, family conflict and more.” Pictured (Left to Right): Jagjiwan Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Jeff Robinson, AVP, Branch Manager Greenwich, First County Bank; Deborah Ross, Grant Writer, Kids in Crisis; Alon Marom, Executive Director, Kids in Crisis.

SilverSource – $10,000
“Every day, we work to meet the challenges of older adults with individual care, integrity and respect they deserve.” Pictured (Left to Right): Camilo Duque, AVP, Branch Manager Stamford, First County Bank; Brian Brinkley, Medical Transportation, SilverSource; Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director, SilverSource; Karen Kelly, SVP, Chief Digital Banking Officer, First County Bank

YWCA Greenwich – $2,500
“YWCA Greenwich is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” Pictured (Left to Right): Meredith Gold, Director of Domestic Abuse Service, YWCA Greenwich; Mary Lee Kieman, President & CEO, YWCA Greenwich; Jagjiwan Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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First County Bank Foundation announces FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers Applications due October 31, 2017

First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the second annual FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, a grant program developed exclusively for public school K-5 grade teachers. The FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was established in 2016 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of First County Bank Foundation. In its inaugural year, the Foundation awarded nearly $15,000 to local K-5 grade teachers. Eligible grant recipients are Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan and Westport public school districts. Grant applications are accepted now through the deadline of October 31, 2017 and are available online at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

“As a result of this grant, students’ are able to experience creative programs their teachers were able to provide that otherwise may not have been affordable,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “It is rewarding to observe students’ joy of learning from these innovative programs. This is one way First County Bank Foundation demonstrates its commitment to supporting lower Fairfield County families, children and education.”

Hart Magnet Elementary School young student scientists with Principal Linda Darling and teacher Audra LaMonica receive a 2016 FirstClass Teacher Grant for Geology Rocks! from First County Bank Foundation presented by Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation, and chairman, CEO of First County Bank.

Hart Magnet Elementary School young student scientists with Principal Linda Darling and teacher Audra LaMonica receive a 2016 FirstClass Teacher Grant for Geology Rocks! from First County Bank Foundation presented by Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation, and chairman, CEO of First County Bank.

FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was designed by First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom. Special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and have lasting impact. Examples of program topics include nature-based, astronomy, financial literacy, conservation, environmental, music or art. Last year a local teacher received funding for a music program for students with social, emotional and learning needs. Another teacher was awarded a grant to fund a science, technology and math program utilizing a simulated space mission. Further examples of past grants are available at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use during the 2017-18 school year. Applications for the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers can be conveniently completed online at www.firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and principal authorization is required. Grant requests for books, magazine subscriptions and computer equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2017.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County, the Westport Arts Center, the Housing Development Fund, and GetAbout

Since 2001, the First County Bank Foundation has awarded over 1,000 individual grants, worth  over $8.2 million. Here are some 2017 Grant Recipients.

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Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County – $15,000
“Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC) has been a leader in developing and implementing high-quality and affordable early childhood education and care programs since 1902.” Pictured (Left to Right): Richard Evanko, VP, Business Banking Manager, First County Bank; Marc E. Jaffe, CEO, Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County; Mark D. Rosenbloom, VP, Manager of Cash Management Services, First County Bank.

Westport Arts Center, Inc. – $1,000
“The Westport Arts Center (WAC) is a visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community.” Pictured (Left to Right): Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Beth Brucker, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank; Cathy Bromberg, Director of Development, Westport Arts Center, Inc.; Duncan Lee, Branch Manager Westport, First County Bank.

Housing Development Fund – $10,000
“HDF’s mission is to facilitate the development of affordable housing, both rental and homeownership, and to assist households to become and remain owners of affordable homes.” Pictured (Left to Right): Edens Fleurizard, AVP, Branch Manager Stamford, First County Bank; Roxana Ubiles, Homeownership Counselor, Housing Development Fund; Mary Trent, Director of Development & Communications, Housing Development Fund; Joan Carty, President & CEO, Housing Development Fund; Jim Darling, VP, Commercial Lending Officer, First County Bank.

GetAbout, Inc. – $5,000
“GetAbout was formed in 1980 by a group of civic-minded New Canaan residents as The Friendship Express, to provide transportation for the elderly and handicapped. The name was changed to ‘GetAbout’ in February, 1982. Since then, our service has expanded to offer transportation to Seniors and other New Canaan residents who are unable to drive.” Pictured (Left to Right): Kevin McMahon, Co-Director, GetAbout, Inc.; Agnieszka Maciejewski, AVP, Branch Manager New Canaan, First County Bank; David Holman, Treasurer, GetAbout, Inc.; David Van Buskirk, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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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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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.

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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.