Liberty Bank Team Adds $100,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Grants

Building on their first round of $100,000 in emergency grants they approved in April for ten local hospitals, Liberty Bank of Middletown, Connecticut today announced that through their charitable foundation they will be providing an additional $100,000 in funding to support several other community organizations in their COVID-19 response.

This additional $100,000 in emergency grants will go to 13 organizations whose mission is to meet the affordable housing, food and financial relief needs of the community.

The Liberty Bank team previously dedicated $100,000 in funding to support four healthcare networks and their ten member hospitals in Liberty’s service area in addressing the unmet needs and lack of critical resources available as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s important that Liberty Bank remains a relied upon and untiring teammate in helping our communities succeed not only in prosperous times but be positioned to overcome daunting challenges in the most uncertain times - like the one we face today,” said David W. Glidden, President & CEO of Liberty Bank and President of the Liberty Bank Foundation.

“While we use our core competencies and services to fulfill our customers’ financial needs, we are a community bank that will continue to leverage the resources we have to stand ready and provide the funding local organizations need to effectively serve their clients. We are confident the $200,000 Liberty approved over the last couple of weeks will go a long way in our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The following 13 organizations will receive a share of the $100,000 in unrestricted emergency grants from Liberty Bank to meet basic needs during this pandemic:

Housing and Homelessness - $50,000:

  • The Connection, Inc. – Eddy Shelter, Middletown - $5,000
  • Columbus House – Middlesex Family Shelter and Temporary Pandemic Shelter - $10,000
  • New London Homeless Hospitality Center - $5,000
  • New Reach, New Haven - $5,000
  • Northeastern CT Coordinated Access Network - $5,000
  • Salvation Army, Waterbury - $5,000
  • South Park Inn, Hartford - $5,000
  • Mercy Housing and Shelter, Hartford - $5,000
  • Women & Families Center youth shelter – Meriden - $5,000

Emergency Food Bank - $30,000:

  • Connecticut Food Bank: $10,000
  • FoodShare:  $10,000
  • Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center:  $10,000

Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund - $20,000:

This fund is a direct and effective means of alleviating the financial hardship inflicted on Connecticut families by COVID-19.  The Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to financially support people who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. 

About Liberty Bank

Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest bank, with $6.0 billion in assets and 60 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, western and shoreline areas of the state. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant for eight consecutive years, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement. www.liberty-bank.com.

About the Liberty Bank Foundation

Since its inception in 1997, the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded almost $13.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations within Liberty Bank’s market area.  The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people of low or moderate income by investing in three areas:  education to promote economic success for children and families; affordable housing and ending homelessness; and nonprofit capacity building.  Along with its grant making, the foundation strives to foster the convening and collaboration of nonprofits, funders, business, and government to address community issues.