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374 Hands-Worth of Helping


June is Liberty Lends a Hand month at the bank. It’s our way of letting communities know that we don’t just work here, we do the roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty kind of work, too. Why? Because as community bankers we’re also residents and homeowners and neighbors. It’s in everyone’s best interest that we all work together to make life good for everyone.

This June, 187 employees did the 374-hands-on kind of work, helping 19 organizations such as: High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center; Middletown’s Macdonough School; Middlesex Habitat for Humanity ReStore; Wallingford Family YMCA; Gifts of Love; Prudence Crandall Center; Brian House; Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven; Colchester Youth Services; Madonna Place; Foodshare; and Our Companion Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.

Altogether, volunteers invested  847 hours.

While that was going on, hundreds of hands in our branches and departments were collecting items to benefit local nonprofits. This year, we saw more than a 20 percent upswing in our collection results. Nearly 16,000 items – including, food, school /art supplies, snacks, diapers/wipes, flip flops, socks, toiletries and more – was delivered to our nonprofit partners throughout our market area.

Here are some of our employees in action.