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.

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Westport Library and First County Bank Announce Mutual Support of Library’s Transformation Project

The Westport Library and First County Bank are pleased to announce mutual support of the Library’s long-awaited Transformation Project. The Transformation Project is a $19.5 million-dollar sweeping renovation of the existing 1986 facility that kicked off earlier this month. First County Bank is providing bridge financing for the project’s capital campaign through a competitively priced customized financial solution.

Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO, First County Bank speaking at the Westport Library's Transformation Project ground-breaking.

Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO, First County Bank speaking at the Westport Library’s Transformation Project ground-breaking.

“A project of this nature is simply not possible without the strong support of many community partners,” said Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer. “We are proud and grateful to have First County Bank as one of those key partners. Their belief in the mission and vision for the new Library and what it will mean for the community we serve has been critical in finally getting the shovel in the ground on this exciting transformation.”

“Having been in Westport for 21 years and an independent community bank for 167 years, we, like the Library, have learned about staying relevant in our communities. We understand the changing landscape in library science, education and the plan put forward by the Library team is nothing short of visionary,” said First County Bank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rey Giallongo. “We are proud to support this transformation and invest in such a community treasure.” First County Bank is also providing full banking services to the Library, as a result of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process initiated by The Library.

In addition to the bridge financing from First County Bank, funding for the Transformation Project is being provided by a variety of sources. Public dollars from the Town of Westport were approved in January of 2017 when the Town’s RTM unanimously approved the allocation of $5 million for the initiative. The town’s funding will cover the cost to replace the dated and inefficient mechanical systems – the HVAC, plumbing and elevator – which are original to the 1986 facility. The Library also applied for and received a $1 million dollar grant from the Connecticut State Library. The bulk of the funding is being raised by private donors. To date, the Library has raised $17 million for the project.

 

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First County Bank Announces Recent Winners of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

We are excited to announce that the winners of the FirstPrize $avings $1,000 drawing was Marie and Kamisha Byas of Stamford, CT who had a joint account. FirstPrize $avings is an innovative basic savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year.

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“We have plans for this money. Kamisha and I agreed it would be a down payment for my car,” said Marie. Photographed are Jennifer Garcia, Assistant Branch Manager of the First County Bank Prospect Street Branch, Kamisha and Marie Byas, and Robert Granata, COO and President of First County Bank.

“I’m thrilled to present Marie and Kamisha with $1,000 for winning the Bank’s FirstPrize $avings account drawing,” said Robert Granata, COO and president of First County Bank.  “First County Bank developed the new product in order to provide a cash prize incentive to encourage people to save, while making saving money exciting.”

Responding to the overwhelming need for consumers to increase their savings, First County Bank designed the FirstPrize $avings account to inspire those over the age of 18 to save by encouraging frequent and consistent deposits. This behavior reinforces the habit of saving with the fun of earning chances for a cash prize. With each eligible deposit of $25 or greater into this savings account, account holders can automatically earn chances to win $1,000. Account holders can earn up to ten chances per month and up to 30 chances per three month drawing period. A winner is selected in a random drawing held four times per year. Account details, rules and regulations are posted on the First County Bank savings account website https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

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Bank Employees Donate $1,500 to The Undies Project

The last Friday of every month is a special Jeans Day for First County Bank employees. Employees donate $10 for the opportunity to wear jeans to work, which is collected by the Bank’s Jeans Day Fund. On a quarterly basis, participating employees vote to determine which organization in Fairfield County receives the employee donation.

“The Undies Project was selected to help those affected by personal hardships. We are proud of our employees helping others through The Undies Project,” said Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank. The Undies Project was set up in November 2015 by Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor to provide new underwear to men, women and children to improve their lives, and is a registered 501(c)(3) charity based in Cos Cob, CT.

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From left to right: AnnaMaria Pace, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Virginia Cheney, Board member; The Undies Project; Reyno Giallongo, Jr., Chairman and CEO, First County Bank; Lucy Langley, Co-president, The Undies Project; Laura Delaflor , Co-president, The Undies Project; Mamie Lee , Board member of The Undies Project; Robert Granata, President and COO, First County Bank.

If you would like to learn more about The Undies Project or support their mission, click here or visit: www.theundiesproject.org.

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 Employees Donate School Supplies

This summer, First County Bank employees participated in the Human Services Council’s “Donate a Backpack for Family Day” program to provide students with backpacks and school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year. First County Bank employees donated over seven grocery bags of pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, calculators, highlighters, erasers and three large boxes filled with notebooks and binders to fill 102 backpacks. The backpacks and school supplies were distributed by the Human Services Council as part of their Family Day celebration.

First County Bank employees Rick Zaremski, Margaret Beck, Jeanne Aulicino, Patty Sweeney, Jack Dowling, Tiffani Valentin, Suzanne Dean, Romanita Cheverez, Sheila Content, Sandy Holbrook, Denise Conzo, Robert Granata, president and COO, Caroline Cardona, Sara Tucker, Nino Antonelli, Jennifer DaSilva and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO, are pictured with donated backpacks filled with school supplies for the Human Services Council’s Family Day.

First County Bank employees Rick Zaremski, Margaret Beck, Jeanne Aulicino, Patty Sweeney, Jack Dowling, Tiffani Valentin, Suzanne Dean, Romanita Cheverez, Sheila Content, Sandy Holbrook, Denise Conzo, Robert Granata, president and COO, Caroline Cardona, Sara Tucker, Nino Antonelli, Jennifer DaSilva and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO, are pictured with donated backpacks filled with school supplies for the Human Services Council’s Family Day.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

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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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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