The First County Bank Foundation recently distributed $283,000 in grants to 42 nonprofits based in Stamford that target education, job training, medical programs, advocacy and counseling programs and nutrition programs benefiting youth and families.
In addition to providing standard grants, the foundation also offers Community First grants, which are awarded year-round. Of the $283,000 in grants, $15,500 are Community First ones. A number of the nonprofit organizations provided grants serve the Darien-New Canaan community.
"The First County Bank Foundation is honored to make these grants available to a number of important causes in the Stamford area," said Rey Giallongo, president of the foundation, and chairman and CEO of First County Bank. "On behalf of the bank's employees and customers, I want to personally thank these organizations and the people who work with them for helping Fairfield County citizens. It's not easy and many of us take for granted that others in the community volunteer their time to help others. All of us at First County Bank make sure to donate some of our time and money to bettering the lives of others."
Since its inception in 2001, the First County Bank Foundation has awarded more than 760 individual grants, worth $5.8 million.
The grant recipients are AmeriCares Free Clinics Inc., ARI, Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, New Covenant House of Hospitality, Child Guidance Center, Childcare Learning Centers, Curtain Call, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, DOMUS, Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center, Ferguson Library, HomeFront, Housing Development Fund, Inspirica, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services of Stamford, Jewish War Veterans, Laurel House, Mill River Collaborative, Neighbors Link Stamford, New Neighborhoods, Over 60 Club, Rebuilding Together Fairfield County, Saint Joseph Parenting Center, Salvation Army, Senior Services of Stamford, Shelter for the Homeless, Soldier Socks, SoundWaters, Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Stamford Achieves, Stamford Animal Rescue, Stamford Police Association (Timothy Coppola Helmet Giveaway), Stamford Public Education Foundation, Stamford Rotary, Stamford Senior Center, Starfish Connection, Technology Solutions for Non Profits, Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, Turn of River Middle School, United Way-Stamford and Yerwood Center.