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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.
 
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!

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2020 Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, please complete an application by September 4, 2020.

LIBERTY BANK / ROTARY CLUB THANKSGIVING DINNER DRIVE

Here’s a power team for you: Liberty Bank, the Liberty Bank Foundation, and 40-plus Connecticut Rotary Clubs! The goal: to make sure that everyone in our communities sits down to a bountiful feast on Thanksgiving Day.

Each year on the 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 Rotaries meeting certain incentives! Then our Rotary friends distribute the funds to local agencies that provide food for Thanksgiving to families in their towns.

In 2019, the drive raised a record-smashing $565,090 (including almost $115,000 in matching funds and incentives from the Liberty Bank Foundation). Since 2004, we’ve raised over $3 million to feed our neighbors on Thanksgiving. Read the 2019 press release.

This year, the stakes are even higher. COVID-19 has generated an unprecedented need for food assistance. We Liberty Bankers will be challenging ourselves and our Rotary partners to make this year's drive a blockbuster that will fill the shelves of our food banks for months to come. Please join us!

DONALD B. WILBUR SCHOLARSHIP

Named 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 2020 recipient. For more information, call (860) 638-2961. 

 
“What makes the Liberty Bank Foundation so unique is that they do not set themselves above 
the community but, instead, they immerse themselves into the community. At our soup kitchen, 
Foundation leaders can even be found washing the dishes! They make the personal effort and 
commitment to 'get' what we do and why it’s important on all levels, from the bottom to the top.” 
– Lydia Brewster, Director of Community Services, St. Vincent DePaul Middletown