May 9, 2011 -


Manchester, CT (May 9, 2011)...The SBM Charitable Foundation (SBMCF) recently awarded grants totaling $297,400 to 28 nonprofit organizations in its first quarter grants of 2011. Covering a wide spectrum of charitable causes, the Foundation supports organizations and programs that serve the needs of communities primarily East of the River.

The following non profit organizations were recipients of the SBM Charitable Foundation "We're Pulling for You" Grants:
AHM Youth Service, Inc. of Hebron - "Lantern Mentoring Program"
Arc of Greater Enfield, Inc. - Camp Shriver and after school programs for children with develop-mental disabilities
Asylum Hill Children's Zone, Hartford - "The Baby Academy" educational program
Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc. - Radio reader service for blind and physically disabled individuals
Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc. - 13th annual Youth Leadership Forum for students with disabilities
Covenant to Care for Children, Inc. - Support of abused and neglected Manchester children
Easter Seals Greater Hartford Rehabilitation Center - Pediatric rehabilitation service in Windsor for East of the River patients
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation - ongoing guide dog training programs
Foodshare, Inc. - direct contribution for ongoing operational support
Lawyers for Children America - Advocacy support for at-risk children referred by Rockville Juvenile Court
Manchester Police Explorers - ongoing program support
My Sisters' Place, Inc. - direct support of continuing programs
Saxton B. Little Free Library - Weekly summer reading program in Columbia
Town of Manchester - Youth and senior fishing derbies and community programs
Mayor's Program for Manchester Children - Summer campership program for low/moderate Income Manchester children
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Hartford - Summer camp scholarships for East of the River youth
Hartford's Camp Courant - "Guardstart" and "Swimming 101" programs
Horizons, Inc./Camp Horizons - "Strike a New Chord 2011" Project
Kidsafe, CT - Home-based parent education and family enrichment programs
Connecticut Landmarks - Facility renovations; 1st installment of 5-year commitment
Connecticut Science Center - East of the River student programs; 2nd installment of grant
Discovery Center - Verplanck and Washington Schools 5th graders program for educational diversity; 2nd installment of grant
Hartford Art School/University of Hartford - "Pre-Collegiate Workshops" for Manchester, East Hartford and Rockville High Schools; 2nd installment of grant
Hartford Stage - Manchester, East Hartford and Rockville Schools "InterACT" and "Connections" Programs; 2nd installment of grant
University of Connecticut Athletic Department -" Goal Line" football department outreach to East Hartford and Manchester students; final installment of grant
University of Connecticut Athletic Department - "Husky Reach": outreach program to Verplanck and Waddell Elementary Schools, Manchester; final installment of grant
Windham Area Interfaith Ministry - direct program support
Windham No Freeze Hospitality Center - Willimantic homeless shelter

According to Doreen Downham, Executive Director of the SBM Charitable Foundation, " We are pleased to award grants to these worthwhile organizations. During these difficult economic times, these services are vital to our residents and local communities. Our goal is to contribute to the well being and betterment of life 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 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. Since the Foundation's inception in 2001, nearly $18 million has been awarded. The SBM Charitable Foundation is located at 935 Main Street in downtown Manchester. For more information, visit the website at .