SBM Charitable Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in 2010

February 4, 2011 -




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


                        935 Main Street, Suite B101-Level C, Manchester, CT 06040



4th Quarter Grants Near $500,000


Manchester, Connecticut (February 3, 2011)…The SBM Charitable Foundation (SBMCF) recently awarded $487,241 to area non-profits in its final fourth quarter grants of 2010, for a total of $1,522,591 grant awards for the year. Forty three organizations were beneficiaries of the SBMCF “We’re Pulling For You” Grants for the quarter ending December 31, 2010. In 2010, a total of 122 non-profit organizations were the recipients of SBMCF grants, covering a wide range of community services that support primarily East of the River programs. Since the Foundation’s inception in 2001, $15,776,332 has been awarded.


In its five primary categories of funding, SBMCF fourth quarter grants were awarded as follows: Health – Hartford Hospital for OB-GYN equipment and NICU training; Generations Family Health Center, Inc. for a Pediatric Dentistry Program in Willimantic; Malta House of Care Foundation, Inc. for free mobile primary healthcare services; Visiting Nurse and Health Services for its telehealth technology program; and ECHN Community Health Care Foundation to fund the Neonatal Care Unit at Manchester Memorial Hospital.


In the area of Housing & Human Services, SBMCF granted the following awards: the Bridge Family Center for Manchester group homes “Moving On” Project and Miller House; Interval House to support Manchester victims of domestic violence; a direct contribution in support of the Manchester Road Race; Hockanum Valley Community Council and Manchester Area Conference of Churches to support their food pantry programs; MARC, Inc. to fund a Seniors’ field trip to Mystic Aquarium; Mercy Housing & Shelter Corp. in support of its ongoing shelter programs: Salvation Army for emergency service programs in Willimantic; ServCorps, Inc. to fund the Manchester students volunteer program for the rehabilitation of Hartford homes; municipal plans in the Town of Bolton for its Linear Trail in conjunction with the East Coast Greenway and the Town of Mansfield for its Festival on the Green; Village for Families and Children, Inc. to support its Safe Home Program; two Foodshare programs for its “Empty Bowls Project” and “Fighting Hunger at the Holidays” Campaign; United Services, Inc. for its Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program; My Sisters’ Place to fund its “For the Love of Children” Initiative; New Hope Manor for renovation improvements and its fine arts program; Open Hearth to support its men’s Transitional Living program; Rebuilding Together – Manchester for year round support of its housing repair program; YMCA for funding of its Ellington Indian Valley YMCA chapter.


SBMCF supported the following Education initiatives in the fourth quarter of 2010:

Altrusa International, Inc. for its “Reach for the World” literacy project; ChildPlan of East Hartford, Inc. to fund its mini-grants, Camp Care for operating expenses for its therapeutic riding program in Columbia; Connecticut Science Center for ongoing programs for area school children; Institute of International Sport for its World Youth Peace Summit at UCONN; Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc. for a financial literacy program for Manchester youth; two Manchester Board of Education programs were funded: the Frank Rizza Elementary Cross Country Challenge and the Fun Run for Technology at Highland Park Elementary School; Manchester Interfaith Basketball League for its ongoing youth basketball programs; Read to Grow for the Books for Babies and Books for Kids programs; two South Windsor organizations: the Historial Society for its Annual Heritage Day Festival and Youth Hockey for its ongoing programs; Connecticut Audubon Society for its nature programs for East Hartford and Manchester elementary school students; Perception Programs for Willimantic’s in-school outreach projects; University of Connecticut Foundation to support the JOY! Music Program for area high school students; and Manchester Community College Foundation for scholarship funding.


The following Arts organizations received SBM Charitable Foundation funding: Manchester Symphony Orchestra for ongoing support; Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford for its pre-collegiate workshops for Manchester, East Hartford and Rockville high school students; Hartford Symphony Orchestra for its Symphony in the School program for Manchester elementary school students; and Hill-Stead Museum for its world language and fine arts programs for East Hartford, Manchester and Vernon high school students.


The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc was established in 2001 by Connecticut Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of the former Savings 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. The SBM Charitable Foundation is located at 935 Main Street in downtown Manchester. For more information visit the website at .