SBM Charitable Foundation announces 1st quarter grants for 2010

April 15, 2010 -




CONTACT:    Doreen Downham, Executive Director, SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc.

                        860 533 0355,




Manchester, Conn.  (April 9, 2010)….The SBM Charitable Foundation recently awarded first quarter 2010 grants totaling $281,550 to area non-profits. Thirty-three organizations benefited from SBMCF “We’re Pulling for You” Grants covering a wide range of community services that support primarily East of the River programs. The announcement was made by newly installed Executive Director Doreen Downham, successor to Sheila B. Flanagan who retired February 28th after ten years as the Foundation’s first and only executive director.


Recipient organizations represent Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties. In Manchester, direct contributions were made to Cheney Hall Foundation, and the Manchester Police Explorers.  Downtown Manchester Special Services District received funding to support the Taste of Manchester Community Event.  Funding to the Manchester Board of Education was for two programs – Manchester High School Project Graduation and Discovery Center Camperships for Keeney Street Elementary School students.  The Town of Manchester received funding for its Youth & Senior Fishing Derbies/Community Programs; Manchester Community College Foundation for academic scholarships for MCC students; the Mayor’s Program for Manchester Children to provide summer camperships for low to moderate income Manchester children; and Covenant to Care for Children, Inc. to support basic needs for at-risk children in the Manchester area.


Other recipient organizations based in Hartford and Tolland Counties include:  My Sister’s Place in Hartford, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England in Hartford; Nutmeg State Games, based in East Hartford; Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor; and Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and Foodshare, both of Bloomfield. Grants were also awarded to AHM Youth Service, Inc. in Hebron for its Lantern Mentoring Program; Arc of Greater Enfield, Inc. for Camp Shriver and after school programs for children with developmental disabilities; Connecticut Radio Information Systems, Inc. of Windsor for radio reader service for the blind and handicapped; in South Glastonbury, the Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc. for its 12th Annual Youth Leadership Forum for students with disabilities; Easter Seals Greater Hartford Rehabilitation Center for pediatric physical rehabilitation services in Windsor for East of the River patients; Hockanum Industries in Vernon for its Green House Program for individuals with disabilities; Lawyers for Children America to support advocacy for at-risk children referred by Rockville Juvenile Court;  Riverfront Recapture of Hartford for its Youth Rowing Programs for East Hartford students; in Columbia the Saxton B. Little Free Library for its weekly summer reading program; East Hartford ChildPlan Inc. for its after school programs and services for East Hartford children and parents; Hartford’s Camp Courant’s Guardstart swimming program and Swimming 101 lessons: and Hartford Stage received its second installment grant commitment for the academic year 2009-2010 for theater and literacy programs – InterACT for Manchester and Rockville High Schools, and Connections for all twenty East Hartford and Manchester elementary schools.


The University of Connecticut Athletic Department received a second academic year grant installment for two programs: the Goal Line Project for UConn Football Department outreach to East Hartford Middle School, and the Husky Reach Program for UConn Athletic Department outreach to Verplanck and Waddell Elementary Schools in Manchester.


In Windham County, the Windham No Freeze Hospitality Center was awarded funds for its Homeless Shelter in Willimantic; the Windham Regional Arts Council for bus transportation for Windham area third grade students to attend an arts festival in Woodstock, CT; the Windham Textile and History Museum for its 2010 museum programs; Camp Horizons in South Windham for its program for campers with developmental disabilities; and the Town of Mansfield for the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.


SBMCF Executive Director Doreen Downham noted, “So many residents and deserving non-profits are in need in these challenging economic times. We are grateful that the Foundation can offer its support to impact and improve the quality of life for students and residents in Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties.”


The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. was established in 2000 by Connecticut Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of the former Saving Bank of Manchester. The Foundation’s mission, perpetuating the vision of the former Bank, is committed to bettering the lives of those who live and work predominantly East of the River in Hartford, Tolland, and Windham Counties. Priority categories for funding include health, human services, education, housing, and the arts. In 2009 the Foundation awarded a total of more than $1.7 million to area non-profits, while cumulatively since its founding the Foundation’s philanthropy has exceeded $14 million. The SBM Charitable Foundation is located at 935 Main Street in downtown Manchester. For more information visit the website at .