THOMASTON – To commemorate the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation’s 20th anniversary, which was established May 20, 1997, a “20 Ways in 20 Days” initiative was established which empowered all bank employees to participate in giving back to the communities within the Foundation’s 14 assessment areas.
In addition to the $590,000 in grants awarded in 2017, $30,000 was allocated to be distributed to local organizations chosen by bank employees.
Bank employees were divided up into 20 teams and given 20 days to identify local organizations to receive surprise grants without any restrictions on how the funds should be used.
Each of the 20 teams identified 42 organizations who they felt were deserving of receiving grants ranging from $500 up to $1,500.
Beginning the week after Thanksgiving, Thomaston Savings Bank employees presented these surprise grants to the 42 different organizations at each of the bank’s branches.
The culmination of this initiative was the presentation of the last grant on Dec. 22, at our Bethlehem branch to kick off the holiday giving season.
“We are very proud of all our employees and the thoughtful consideration each team put into this initiative to enrich the lives of so many. All of these organizations truly appreciated that our employees cared enough to recommend them for these grants. The money will have a tremendous impact on each organization. Thank you to all Thomaston Savings Bank employees and to the 42 organizations for making this event special for the bank and our communities,” said Stephen Lewis, President of the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation.
To view a video about the “20 Ways in 20 Days” grant presentations, visit youtu.be/jNZf4aSWuDA
To learn more about the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, visit thomastonsb.com/foundation.
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“20 Ways in 20 Days” Initiative Grantees List
Caring for Bethlehem Inc.
Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Veterans Strong Community Center
Advocates for Bristol Seniors, Inc.
Bristol Adult Resource Center (BARC)
Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter
Meals for the Needy
Salvation Army of Litchfield
Brass City Rescue Alliance
Lake Quassapaug Association
Middlebury Public Library
Region 5 Dive Team
Plymouth Community Food Pantry
Thomaston Animal Control
Blue Boy Boxing Club
Central Naugatuck Valley HELP, Inc.
Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury
Bags Foundation CT Inc.
Michael Anthony's Project
Special Wishes, Inc.
St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury
Are You Dense, Inc.
Friendly Hands Food Bank in Torrington
Quilting Ministry - St. John the Evangelist
Educated Canines Assisting w/ Disabilities
K-9 Unit Fund CT State Police - Waterbury
Thomaston Food Pantry
Thomaston Fine Arts Connection
Thomaston Lions Club
ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc.)
West Bristol PTO
Exchange Club of Wolcott
Wolcott Dog Pound
The Community Kitchen of Torrington, Inc.
Wolcott Cross Roads
Waterbury Knights Youth Football & Cheer