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WILLARD M. MCRAE COMMUNITY DIVERSITY AWARD

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award. You can find criteria for the award here, the nomination form here. Please note that nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 3, 2021 to be considered.  

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! Our 2020 winner, Gail Myatt, is a great example--you can read about Gail's achievements here, and watch the virtual presentation on Liberty's YouTube channel here.

LIBERTY BANK / ROTARY CLUB THANKSGIVING DINNER DRIVE

Here’s a power team for you: Liberty Bank, the Liberty Bank Foundation, and almost 50 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 2020, with COVID driving up the number of our neighbors experiencing food insecurity, we set the bar high--and our branch and Rotary partners came through in a big way.  For the first time ever, our drive exceeded $1 million (including almost $215,000 in matching funds and incentives from the Liberty Bank Foundation). In many communities, the funds supplied local food banks well beyond Thanksgiving.  Read about the 2020 results here.

Thanks to our record-breaking 2020 drive, the total we've raised since 2004 rose over $4 million--all of which has gone to feed our neighbors on Thanksgiving and beyond.   Now there's something to be thankful for!

Read the 2020 press release or learn more about our drive here.

 

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.  The recipient of the 2021 Don Wilbur Scholarship is Jonathan Gonzalez, a Meriden resident and graduate of Xavier High School; you can read more about him here. For more information, call (860) 638-2959. 

 
“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