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Riverbend Community Mental Health Receives $3,200 Grant from Bank Foundation

Concord, NH – August 10, 2015 – The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation granted $3,200 to Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord, NH. This grant will go toward the parenting education series at Riverbend’s Children Intervention Program (ChIP). This is one of 19 awards presented by the Foundation to not-for-profit organizations this year, according to Paul Rizzi, President and CEO of Merrimack County Savings Bank.

Philip Emma, Merrimack Executive Vice President and COO and Paul Rizzi, Merrimack President and CEO present check to Peter Evers, President and CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health.

“We’re thankful for organizations like Riverbend, who tend to the mental health of our community members. The services they offer, particularly, the ChIP program, addresses very important needs and we are happy to support them in their efforts,” said Rizzi. “ChIP strengthens families by providing effective education and support. Children thrive when their parents are loving and aware,” said Peter Evers, President and CEO of Riverbend. “We’re grateful to the Foundation’s generous support of our organization and advocacy for mental health in our community.”

ChIP provides mental health services to children, adolescents and families living in Merrimack County. Included in ChIP is a series on parenting education. Goals of the parenting education programs include:

  • Prevention of child abuse and neglect
  • Strengthening skills through education and practice
  • Exposure to a wide-reaching parent support network
  • Increased awareness of local resources
  • Improved trust and positive attachment in the parent child relationship
  • Increased self-esteem and empowerment of parents
  • Reduction of risk factors that hinder positive and effective parenting

Founded in 1963, Riverbend Community Mental Health Center is a private, non-profit organization providing specialized behavioral health services to more than 7,000 adults, children and families in central New Hampshire. Core services include 24-hour emergency services; counseling for children, adults and families; addiction and recovery services for those 18 and older; community support, vocational services and residential programs for adults and seniors. For more information, visit

The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation was funded by Merrimack County Savings Bank in 1997 for grant-based contributions to not-for-profit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for residents living in the Bank’s service areas. Five Trustees, selected among the Bank’s Corporators and Board of Trustees administer the Foundation and its activities, distributing a portion of the Foundation's endowment each year. While not focused on a particular category, the Merrimack remains mindful of the receiving organization and its contribution to the quality of life in the communities served. For more information, visit:

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