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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.

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First County Bank Foundation Grants $108,000 to Norwalk Nonprofits

First County Bank Foundation presents the George Washington Carver Foundation of Norwalk with a $5,000 grant for the Youth Development Program. Pictured are Steve Ferguson, AVP, business development officer, First County Bank and Wendy A. Macedo, AVP, branch manager, First County Bank, join Novelette Peterkin, executive director, Carver Center, and Joe Gallagher, director of philanthropy, Carver Center, with Carver Center children.

First County Bank Foundation presents the George Washington Carver Foundation of Norwalk with a $5,000 grant for the Youth Development Program. Pictured are Steve Ferguson, Assistant Vice President, business development officer, First County Bank and Wendy A. Macedo, Assistant Vice President, branch manager, First County Bank, join Novelette Peterkin, executive director, Carver Center, and Joe Gallagher, director of philanthropy, Carver Center, with Carver Center children.

We are pleased to announce that the First County Bank Foundation has recently awarded 20 Norwalk-based nonprofit groups a total of $108,000 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.”

The following 20 Norwalk-based nonprofit organizations received First County Bank Foundation grants in 2016:

United Way of Coastal CT- Norwalk

$5,000

For various community programs

Family & Children’s Agency

$15,000

FCA integrates services during Pregnancy and follow a vulnerable family until a child turns 8 years old

Liberation Programs

$5,000

Families in Recovery program

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

ElderHouse, Inc.

$5,000

Adult Day Program

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

$3,000

Center for Non-Profit Excellence

Human Services Council

$10,000

Norwalk Mentor Program

Keystone House, Inc.

$5,000

Supported Apartment Services “Home Sweet Home”

Norwalk Senior Center, Inc.

$2,500

Meals on Wheels

Norwalk Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program

$5,000

Summer youth employment program

Norwalk Mayor’s Student Engineering and Science Program

$5,000

To support engineering and science learning in Norwalk schools

STAR Inc.

$3,500

Early intervention services for infants and toddler with developmental disabilities and support services. Birth to Three.

Community Plates

$5,000

Hunger relief – Direct transfer food rescue

Norwalk Community College Foundation

$10,000

ESL – Bridge to Credit Tutoring Program

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

The Open Door Shelter

$5,000

Family and Children’s services

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

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

Side By Side Charter School

$1,500

Emphasizes diversity and active/equal involvement of parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations

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First County Bank Foundation Grants $25,000 to Westport Nonprofits

We are pleased to announce that the First County Bank Foundation has recently awarded six Westport-based nonprofit groups a total of $25,000 in grants to support these organizations with their mission to provide needed services in local communities. First County Bank Foundation is celebrating its 15thanniversary 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 Homes with Hope $10,000 for their emergency shelter for homeless single mothers and their children. In addition, the Foundation granted: $5,000 to Positive Directions for its adolescent behavioral health treatment program; $2,500 to Project Return for its HEAL Program (Health, Empathy, Love, Altruism) which provides young women in crisis a nurturing environment to heal; $2,500 to Earthplace, The Discovery Nature Center for their natural history museum, wildlife rehabilitation program, water quality laboratory, afterschool and summer camp programs; $2,500 to Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service; and $2,500 to United Way of Coastal Connecticut – Westport.

To be eligible for First County Bank Foundation grants, organizations must have nonprofit tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; be located in Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport; have community support; address community needs; have measurable outcomes; and demonstrate fiscal and administrative responsibility. Special consideration is given to those agencies or programs benefiting low to moderate income populations.

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Left to Right: Homes with Hope, Inc. is presented with a $10,000 grant from First County Bank Foundation. Pictured are: Steve Ferguson, Assistant Vice President, business development officer, First County Bank; Jim Wieser, CEO and president of Homes With Hope; Todd Malizia, Assistant Vice President, Westport branch manager, First County Bank; James Marpe, first selectman, Westport; and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman and CEO, First County Bank.

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First County Bank Foundation Stamford Donations

Photo caption: Camilo Duque, Assistant Vice President branch manager and Jack Dowling, VP Business Banking, of First County Bank present Catalina Horak, executive director of Neighbors Link Stamford, Corp. with a $3,000 grant from First County Bank Foundation for their programs to expand economic opportunities to those in the community.

We are pleased to announce that the First County Bank Foundation has recently awarded 38 Stamford-based nonprofit groups a total of $273,265 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 38 Stamford-based nonprofit organizations received First County Bank Foundation grants in 2016:

AmeriCares Free Clinics $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
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.
Child Guidance Center of So. Connecticut $10,000 Emergency mobile psychiatric Services
Childcare Learning Centers $15,000 Teacher education
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
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
Fraternal Order of the Umbrella $2,500 To support charitable services
Future Five $6,000 General operating support
Homefront $5,000 Lower Fairfield County housing revitalization
Housing Development Fund Inc. $10,000 First time homebuyer program
Inspiricia, Inc. $10,000 General operations
Kids Helping Kids $2,500 Allows kids to discover their individual interests while working in groups to fulfill many local and global community needs
Laurel House $7,500 For Resource Center operations
Mill River Collaborative $15,000 To support the Mill River Collaborative programs
Neighbors Link Stamford $3,000 Expanding economic opportunities by supporting CT residents
New Covenant House of Hospitality $7,500 Food pantry operations
New Neighborhoods, Inc. $10,000 Tenant Advocate Program
Shelter for the Homeless $10,000 Homeless shelter operations
SilverSource $10,000 Ride to Wellness – medical transportation for seniors
Soundwaters $5,000 Camp scholarships
St. Joseph Parenting Center $5,000 28 week Parenting Program – Spanish
Stamford Center for the Arts (The Palace) $5,000 Triple Threat Performer Intensive arts Education Program
Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc. $11,765 For CPR training mannequins
Stamford JCC $7,500 Hand in Hand Summer Camp Program. Social skills development for 3rd – 8th graders with a variety of challenges.
Stamford Public Education Foundation $3,500 Continued support of mentoring efforts in the Stamford Public Schools
Stamford Senior Center $3,000 To provide seniors opportunities to stay active and healthy
Starfish Connection $4,000 Youth Enrichment Program
The Center for Sexual/Assault Crisis Counseling and Education $5,000 Provides sexual assault crisis counseling, advocacy and education (Children/Families)
The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Southern CT, Inc. $10,000 Crisis Parent Aide general operating fund
The Ferguson Library $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.
The Salvation Army $5,000 Back to School Event Program (Back Packs and Supplies)
United Way of Western CT- Stamford $10,000 Community programs
Women’s Business Development Council $7,500 To empower women and men to thrive in their place of work or on their own as an entrepreneur
Women’s Mentoring Network $3,500 Services include employment training, on the job counseling, adult education, life skills workshops and scholarship assistance for training or school.

 

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First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Norwalk, Stamford & Greenwich

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Pictured (left to right): Karen Kelly, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, First County Bank; Juanita T. James, President and CEO, Fairfield County Community Foundation; Carole Shwartz, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, Fairfield County Community Foundation; Steve Ferguson, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): Gene Schreiner, Vice President, Commercial Lending, First County Bank; Alice Knapp, President, Ferguson Library; Rebecca Kane, Digital Librarian, Ferguson Library; Mark Rosenbloom, Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Management Services.

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Pictured (left to right): Jeff Robinson, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Julie Faryniarz, Executive Director, Greenwich Alliance for Education; Jagjiwan “Singh” Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Cos Cob, Danbury & Stamford

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Pictured (left to right): Jagjiwan Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Alon Marom, Development Director, Kids in Crisis.

Pictured (left to right) Gene Schreiner, Vice President, Commercial Lending, First County Bank; Kimberly Morgan, CEO, United Way of Western CT; June Walker, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): Jagjiwan Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank and Paul Isla, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank present a First County Foundation Grant to the Summer Intensive Dance Program of The Ballet School of Stamford.

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First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Greenwich & Norwalk

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Pictured (left to right): Jeff Robinson, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Elyse Brown, Director, Supermarketing for Seniors, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich; Lisa-Loraine, Executive Director, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich; Jagjiwan “Singh” Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): Steve Ferguson, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Valerie S. Williams, Executive Director, Keystone House; Barry McGovern, Interim Program Manager Elmcrest Residences, Keystone House; Richard E. Mayer, Board Member, Keystone House; Kimberly Carter, Development Officer, Keystone House.

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Pictured (left to right): Jagjiwan Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Nancy Coughlin, Executive Director, Neighbor to Neighbor; Karen Royce, President, Board of Directors, Neighbor to Neighbor; Jeff Robinson, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank.

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First County Bank Foundation announces FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers Applications due October 31, 2016

We are FCB_FirstClassGrantpleased to announce the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, a new grant program developed exclusively for public school teachers. Eligible grant recipients are Kindergarten through sixth grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan and Westport public school districts. Grant applications are due by October 31, 2016. 
 
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 may include providing materials to create an aquaponics garden, to build a solar oven to roast s’mores, or to create a tsunami or volcano. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and principal authorization is required. Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for the current 2016-17 school year.
 
“We developed the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers to commemorate the 15thanniversary of First County Bank Foundation,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “We believe students will benefit by inspiring teachers to conduct exciting and creative learning experiences. This is one way First County Bank Foundation demonstrates its commitment to supporting lower Fairfield County families, children and education.” Since 2001, First County Bank Foundation has awarded over 1,000 individual grants worth over $7.5 million.
 
Applications can be completed online at www.firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2016.
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First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Danbury, Stamford & Darien

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Pictured (left to right): Justyna Nurczyk, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Terri McCartney, Associate Director, Americares Free Clinics; Cornelia Brefka, Associate Director, Institutional Relations, Americares Free Clinics; David Van Buskirk, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): Carole Kelleher, Board Member, Circle of Care; Wendy Macedo, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Steve Ferguson, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Kacky Theoharides, Circle of Care; Elizabeth Vega, Board Member, Circle of Care; Jeff Kimball, Executive Director, Circle of Care; Maria DiPierro, Secretary, Circle of Care.

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Pictured (left to right): Lisa Haas, Director of Development, Community Fund of Darien – United Way; Mark Rosenbloom, Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Management Services, First County Bank; Carrie Bernier, Executive Director, Community Fund of Darien – United Way.

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First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Norwalk, Cos Cob & Waterbury

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Pictured (left to right): Rick Zaremski, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Manager, First County Bank; Eliot Brenner, President and CEO, Child Guidance, Mark Rosenbloom, Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Management Services.

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Pictured (left to right): Donna Spellman, Executive Director, The River House; Jagjiwan Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): Jagjiwan Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Lenora de Csepel, Vice President, Meals on Wheels.