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Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation Announces Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations

The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $57,200 to 15 non-profit organizations. The Foundation was funded by Merrimack County Savings Bank in 1997 for grant-based contributions to non-profit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for residents living in the Bank’s service areas.

These grants are in addition to the Bank’s many local contributions in the form of sponsorships, donations and scholarships, as well as the impressive volunteer efforts of its employees.

“Community support has always been a central part of our mission,” said Philip Emma, President of Merrimack County Savings Bank. “Not only are we able to give back to organizations who are improving the communities we serve, but we have the benefit of helping to improve the lives of our customers, employees and local community members.”

The Foundation's investments are managed by MillRiver Wealth Management.

Grants were awarded to:

Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire (Concord, NH)

Awarded $5,000 to support 50 new American women and girls bring positive changes in their lives through capacity building. Supportive programs include assistance with college enrollment and identifying issues related to gender equality.

Circle Program (Plymouth, NH)

Awarded $4,000 to support Circle’s new STEM curriculum for program participants. The STEM curriculum will provide Circle girls and teens with experiential learning opportunities in the seven dimensions of conservation leadership. Circle fosters positive, personal growth for low to moderate income girls and teens statewide through its adult mentoring program.

Concord Dental Sealant Coalition (Concord, NH)

Awarded $5,000 in support of the Coalition’s mission to address the unmet dental needs of Concord-area school children in grades K-3. The grant will assist with temporary therapeutic fillings in some clinical situations.

Concord Family YMCA (Concord, NH)

Awarded $5,000 to help support the Kydstop Afterschool Scholarship Fund, which makes quality childcare affordable for low and moderate income families.

Family Promise of Greater Concord (Concord, NH)

Awarded $3,200 to support the organization’s case management services and its mission to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

Front Door Agency (Nashua, NH)

Awarded $5,000 to support Front Door’s Transitional Housing Program, which offers affordable housing, supportive services and extensive case management to homeless women and children in Greater Nashua. Front Door serves families transitioning from crisis to self-sufficiency, offering a range of essential services to Nashua’s disadvantaged population including: shelter, food, heat, child care, transportation, supportive services and education.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (Bedford, NH)

Awarded $2,500 to support its afterschool scouting program, which serves up to 150 vulnerable and at-risk girls in grades 1-5 at local Concord elementary schools and other community-based organizations.

Harbor Homes (Nashua, NH)

Awarded $5,000 to support the organization’s emergency shelter, which provides housing and supportive services, such as healthcare, mental health treatment and employment training for more than 150 Nashua area residents. Harbor Homes serves low-income individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with mental illness and other disabilities.

Mayhew Program (Bristol, NH)

Awarded $2,500 to support tuition assistance for 32 Concord-area boys (age 10-18) who are enrolled in the Mayhew Program during the 2016-2017 year. The at-risk boys will be supported with a residential summer program as well as school-year mentoring at no cost to their families.

NAMI NH (Concord, NH)

Awarded $3,500 to support NAMI’s sessions on Mental Health First Aid. Mental First Aid is an evidence-based program that trains participants on how to recognize and respond to those in mental health crisis. NAMI NH is a grassroots non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy.

New Hampshire Historical Society (Concord, NH)

Awarded $2,000 to support the underwriting for all seventh-grade students in Concord, NH to participate in the Society’s on-site “Colonial Life New Hampshire” education program. New Hampshire Historical Society is the independent nonprofit that saves, preserves and shares state history, serving thousands of children and adults each year through its museum, library, education, publications and outreach programs.

New Hampshire Humanities Council (Concord, NH)

Awarded $3,000 to support “Connections”, the organization’s literacy program for new readers within Concord and Greater Nashua. The mission of NHHC is to strengthen communities with education programs fostering reflection, discussion and connection to new ideas. Connections is offered statewide in partnership with adult learner service programs, ESOL classes for new immigrants and refugees, GED classes and prison parenting support programs.

Pittsfield Youth Workshop (Pittsfield, NH)

Awarded $5,000 to go toward afterschool programming for more than 220 students in grades 6-12 in Pittsfield and surrounding towns. Pittsfield Youth Workshop offers a variety of programs, activities and trips, with the mission of empowering the youth by helping them develop useful skills, self-esteem and meaningful friendships.

Red River Theatres (Concord, NH)

Awarded $2,500 to help fund the purchase and installation of equipment to meet the needs of patrons with hearing and/or sight impairment. The theater’s mission is to present film and the discussion of film as a way to entertain, broaden horizons and deepen the appreciation for life.

YMCA of Greater Nashua (Nashua, NH)

Awarded $4,000 to support a 6-week summer learning loss prevention program for low-income youth living in Greater Nashua who are behind in literacy grade levels. The goal of the program is to teach participating children to read at their grade level by the third grade.

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 Foundation remains mindful of the receiving organization and its contribution to the quality of life in the communities served. Applications are due annually on October 1st.

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