Chelsea Groton Foundation Surpasses $1.9 Million in Giving

Chelsea Groton Foundation Surpasses $1.9 Million in Giving
Groton, CT – The Chelsea Groton Foundation awarded $111,478 in grants to 62 non-profit organizations from Eastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island this spring. Inclusive of these donations, the Foundation has provided over $1.9 million in total grants to the community since 1999.
“One of our responsibilities as a mutual bank is to help improve the overall quality of life in the region,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “This year’s grants were awarded to organizations that are working hard to make a difference in a variety of areas – homelessness, hunger, substance abuse, economic opportunity, youths-at-risk, animals, cancer, heart disease, literacy and much, much more. Partnering with the non-profit community is among the most rewarding work we do.”
Springtime grant awards included: $7,500 to the Covenant Shelter of New London, Inc. to help the homeless move into permanent, safe and secure housing; $5,000 to the Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut located in Norwich to support the Special Care Fund which will enable service to New London County by providing care to patients without insurance; $3,000 to the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in Niantic for the purchase of a handicapped accessible digital star lab dome to accommodate children regardless of ability; $1,000 to Seabird Enterprises, Inc. in Groton for the purchase of tools that will help to record the training progress and data of clients; $1,000 to the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association for specialized tools needed at Coogan Farm; and $500 to Norwich Youth and Family Services for the ‘Summer Jam and Learn’ diversion program.
The Foundation accepts grant applications two times per year. Each year, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation support more than 200 local organizations through monetary gifts, grants, sponsorships, scholarships and employee volunteerism. A full list of grant recipients can be found at 
New Chelsea Groton Foundation Board Members
Chelsea Groton Foundation also recently welcomed two new board members: Ulysses Hammond, Vice President for Administration at Connecticut College, and Dana Chapel, Assistant Vice President of Sales & Service and Regional Manager of Chelsea Groton Bank.
Appointed in February 2000, Ulysses serves as the chief administrative and business operations officer and is coordinator of the College’s legal and community affairs. He is committed to serving his community, and has been recognized by numerous organizations for his contributions. Ulysses co-founded the Tutoring for Success/Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program in New London public schools, and currently serves on the Connecticut Hospital Association Board, the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, the Connecticut Legal Services Board, and as a corporator for Chelsea Groton Bank.
Dana joined Chelsea Groton Bank in 2000. Most recently she was named a “2014 Woman of FIRE” by The Commercial Record, which honors the 15 brightest, most innovative women in the finance, insurance and real estate industries in Connecticut. An active volunteer in the community, Dana has been a two-time recipient of the Niantic Rotary’s Randall Harris service award.
About the Chelsea Groton Foundation
Formed in June 1998 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization and endowed with a $2,000,000 donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $1,930,000 in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the Bank’s market area. To learn more, visit:
About Chelsea Groton Bank
Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a mutually owned bank with 14 locations throughout New London County, and soon, a Loan Production Office in Glastonbury. The Bank has nearly $973 million in assets and serves businesses, individuals and families throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island. To learn more, please visit Member FDIC.