Quality programming.Usually we rely on our nonprofit friends to run programs … but now and then we come up with a good idea and run with it ourselves.
Here’s a power team for you: Liberty Bank, the Liberty Bank Foundation, and 41 Rotary Clubs! The goal: to make sure that everyone in our communities sits down to a bountiful feast on Thanksgiving Day.
Each year on Tuesday after Columbus Day, our Liberty branches and Rotary partners start raising money for Thanksgiving food. Right before turkey day, the foundation kicks in an additional 25 cents for every dollar raised — plus, new this year, we’ll be offering bonus dollars to top fundraising Rotary Clubs! Then our Rotary friends distribute the funds to local agencies that provide food for Thanksgiving to families in their towns.
Since we started doing this in 2004, we’ve raised over $1.7 million to feed our neighbors on Thanksgiving. Check back for more about our 2017 drive!
Participating Rotaries: To download fundraising materials, click here.
Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award
Named for a beloved founding director of the Liberty Bank Foundation and past chairman of Liberty Bank, this award honors someone from our service area who has distinguished him/herself as a champion of the cause of diversity. Click here to learn more about the award and the past recipients — they’re an amazing bunch!
Community College ScholarshipsStudents graduating from high schools within Liberty's service area and planning to attend their local community college can apply at the college financial aid office for the Liberty Bank Foundation Scholarships. The following colleges participate in the program:
- Capital Community College
- Gateway Community College
- Middlesex Community College
- Naugatuck Valley Community College
- Quinebaug Valley Community College
- Three Rivers Community College
- Tunxis Community College
Adult Education ScholarshipsEach year, we grant $2,000 to every adult high school credit diploma program within Liberty Bank's service area, for the purpose of awarding scholarships to graduates of these programs who plan to go on to higher education. These scholarships can be used not only for traditional college expenses like tuition or books, but also for costs that non-traditional students may need to pay in order to attend college — like transportation or child care. Scholarship recipients are determined by the adult education programs. Here’s a list of them:
- Bristol Adult Education
- East Shore Regional Adult & Continuing Education
- Groton Adult Education
- Hamden Adult Education
- Meriden Adult Education
- Middletown Adult Education
- Naugatuck Adult Education
- New Britain Adult Education
- New Haven Adult Education
- New London Adult Education
- Newington Adult Education
- Norwich Adult Education
- Plainville Adult Education
- Valley Regional Adult Education
- Wallingford Adult Education
- Waterbury Adult Education
- Windham Adult Education (EASTCONN)
Donald B. Wilbur ScholarshipNamed in honor of a former chairman of Liberty Bank, this $1,000, one-time scholarship is awarded annually to a high school graduate with financial need who is planning to major in engineering or a technology-related field. Learn about the 2016 recipient. For more information, call (860) 638-2961. Click HERE for a copy of the application and guidelines.
Applications are now being accepted for this competitive program, which provides 3-year grants of up to $30,000 to support early literacy programs that address the achievement gap for low/moderate-income students in eligible public schools within our service area. Schools, please consult with your superintendent’s office, as only one application is accepted per school district. Program guidelines and application can be downloaded here.
See a news release announcing the grant recipients for 2013–2016.