January 8 — The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation awarded $ 49,567 to 23 nonprofits serving local communities. The Foundation was funded by the Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack) in 1997 for contributions in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life of residents living in areas of bank service. These grants are in addition to the bank’s local contributions in the form of sponsorships, donations and scholarships, as well as the exceptional volunteer efforts of their employees.
“Supporting our community continues to be at the heart of our mission,” said Linda Lorden, President of Merrimack. “The Foundation enables us to support organizations that strengthen the places where we live and work, and help improve the lives of our customers, employees and the local community at large. We’re excited to help these organizations make our communities stronger.
This year’s local foundation grant recipients include:
Catholic Charities New Hampshire, Manchester: $ 2,300 to help 1,000 underserved families and individuals receive emergency assistance through one-on-one assistance services. Catholic Charities NH (CCNH) was founded in 1945 to serve the poor and vulnerable statewide, and remains committed to meeting the varied and individual needs of every person seeking help.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Manchester: $ 2,700 to recruit, train and supervise additional volunteers. The New Hampshire Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) were founded to advocate for abused and neglected children in the state’s justice system.
Southern, NH, Nashua Family Promise: $ 1,500 to help the homeless community manage short-term cases, conflict mediation, grocery funding, short-term rent subsidies and services public. Through safe housing and education, Family Promise guides families as they break the cycle and move from homelessness to lasting independence.
The Front Door Agency, Nashua: $ 3,100 to help homeless single mothers and their children with affordable housing, support services and comprehensive case management. The Front Door serves families moving from crisis to self-reliance, providing a wide range of supports to the underprivileged population of Nashua including: shelter, food, heat, child care, transportation, support services and education .
Harbor Care, Nashua: $ 2,080 to operate permanent housing for 150 homeless parents, children and veterans in Greater Nashua. Harbor Care is the common name for Harbor Homes, Keystone Hall, Healthy at Home, Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center, and the Southern NH HIV / AIDS Task Force. They serve low-income individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with mental illness or other disabilities.
Hillsborough County, Merrimack Meals on Wheels: $ 1,000 to support their mission to reduce hunger, food insecurity and social isolation among homebound seniors and people with disabilities. Hillsborough County Meals on Wheels is dedicated to enhancing the physical, mental and social well-being of participants through nutritious meals, health education, opportunities for social interaction, among many other related services.
YMCA of Greater Nashua: $ 2,280 to help fund the Power Scholars Academy, a six-week summer learning loss prevention program for 400 low-income youth living in Greater Nashua who are lagging behind in literacy levels . The objective of the program is to teach participating children to read at their grade level from the third grade.
Merrimack County Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank that benefits local depositors, borrowers and surrounding communities rather than Wall Street shareholders. To learn more, visit one of their local offices in Bow, Concord, Contoocook, Hooksett and Nashua, call 800-541-0006 or visit themerrimack.com.