Thomaston bank gives 42 organizations surprise grants

Published on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:25
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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

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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.

Waterbury YMCA

Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury

Bags Foundation CT Inc.

Carolyn's Place

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

Annabella's Angels

ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc.)

West Bristol PTO

Exchange Club of Wolcott

Wolcott Dog Pound

The Community Kitchen of Torrington, Inc.

Wolcott Cross Roads

Lisa Inc.

Waterbury Knights Youth Football & Cheer

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General Business, General News on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:25. Updated: Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:27.