Community Investment Program
Annually, Essex Savings Bank's Community Investment Program gives back 10% of our after-tax net income to non-profits and community development projects in the communities we serve.
Since the inception of the program in 1996, Essex Savings Bank has distributed more than $3.6 million to the community. This year our contribution to non-profits totaled $257,991.
2013 Community Investment Program – Top Ten Ballot Winners
Left to Right: Gregory R. Shook, President/CEO, Essex Savings Bank; Thomas Brown, Chief, The Lyme Fire Company, Inc.; Edmund D. Yeager, Sr., Treasurer, Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc.; Richard Conroy, Director, Essex Library Association; Paula Ferrara, Executive Director & Connie Cliffe, Board of Directors President, Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. – Meals on Wheels; Linda Dillon, Board Member, Rona Malakof, Board Member, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries; Pam McChesney, Administrative Coordinator & Donna Sicuranza, President, Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM); Dave Fowler, President & Carol Fowler, Bikes For Kids, Inc.; Mimi Thomas, Board Member & Jan Norrie, Board Member, Forgotten Felines, Inc.; Patty Dowling, Executive Director, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries; Glynn McAraw, President, Pet Connections, Inc.; Eve Sutton, Vice President, Valley Shore Animal Welfare League; Thomas W. Lindner, Vice President/Community Relations Officer, Essex Savings Bank.
1. The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (708 votes - $7,632)
2. Valley Shore Animal Welfare League (391 votes - $4,215)
3. Forgotten Felines, Inc. (328 votes - $3,536)
4. Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc. (287 votes - $3,094)
5. Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. – Meals on Wheels (275 votes - $2,964)
6. Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM) (263 votes - $2,835)
7. Pet Connections, Inc. (215 votes - $2,318)
8. Essex Library Association (212 votes - $2,285)
9. Bikes For Kids, Inc. (184 votes - $1,983)
10. The Lyme Fire Company, Inc. (171 votes - $1,843)
Customer voting takes place during the month of February and the first two weeks of March each year. Customers of the Bank may vote for three of their favorite causes and directly affect the allocation of funds. The following organizations who most recently participated include:
Act II Thrift Shop, Inc.
Bikes For Kids, Inc.
Bushy Hill Nature Center
Camp Claire, Inc.
Camp Hazen YMCA
Chester Historical Society
Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc.
Common Good Gardens, Inc.
Community Music School
Con Brio Choral Society, Inc.
Connecticut Audubon Society Eco Travel
The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock
The Country School, Inc.
Deep River Ambulance Association, Inc.
Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Inc.
Essex Community Fund, Inc.
Essex Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, Inc.
Essex Garden Club, Inc.
Essex Historical Society, Inc.
Essex Library Association
Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. - Meals on Wheels
Florence Griswold Museum
Forgotten Felines, Inc.
Friends In Service Here (F.I.S.H.)
Friends of Hammonasset, Inc.
Friends of Madison Youth, Inc.
Friends of the Acton Public Library
Friends of the Chester Public Library, Inc.
Friends of the Deep River Public Library, Inc.
Friends of the Valley Railroad, Inc.
Graduation Night, Inc. - Old Saybrook
Hope Partnership, Inc.
Ivoryton Library Association
Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation, Inc.
Literacy Volunteers - Valley Shore, CT, Inc.
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Lyme Ambulance Association, Inc.
Lyme Art Association, Inc.
Lyme Consolidated School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
The Lyme Fire Company, Inc.
Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc.
Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation
Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women's Club (LOLJWC)
Lyme Public Hall Association, Inc.
Lyme Public Library, Inc.
Lymes' Youth Service Bureau
Madison Ambulance Association, Inc.
Madison Historical Society, Inc.
Maritime Education Network, Inc.
Old Lyme Fire Department, Inc.
Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc.
Old Lyme Land Trust, Inc.
Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association
Old Lyme South End Volunteer Association, Inc.
Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association, Inc.
Old Saybrook Community Foundation, Inc.
Old Saybrook Education Foundation
Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc.
Old Saybrook Historical Society
Pet Connections, Inc.
Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation
Scranton Library, Madison (E.C. Scranton Memorial Library)
The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries
Tait's Every Animal Matters (TEAM)
Tracy Art Center, Inc.
Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, Inc.
Valley Shore Animal Welfare League
Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center, Inc.
Westbrook Project Graduation, Inc.
Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc.