Pictured L-R: Lee Schlesinger, Executive Director, Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury; Captain Brian Merchant, Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Families; Paul Ladarola, Executive Director, St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury; Arlene Greco, Director of Development, Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services; Ann Marino, Loan Originator, Liberty Bank
NAUGATUCK VALLEY, CT — Four agencies serving homeless people in the Naugatuck Valley have received a total of $2,000 in grants from Liberty Bank’s annual Giving Circle program.
Liberty’s Giving Circle program sets aside $100 for every mortgage application received by the bank during April and May, and then donates the accumulated funds to 28 local agencies that provide emergency or transitional housing for homeless families and individuals. With the distribution of $40,000 from this year’s Giving Circle, the total donated under the program since its inception in 1994 rose to almost $540,000.
“This program makes a connection between people who are celebrating the purchase of a home, and people who are experiencing homelessness,” said Ann Marino, Liberty Bank’s mortgage loan officer for the Naugatuck Valley area. “Our mortgage customers can feel even better about their new homes, knowing that they’ve helped some neighbors who are going through difficult times in their lives.”
Pictured L-R: Arlene Greco, Sue Murphy, and Paul Ladarola
Giving Circle funds were also granted to the following nonprofit organizations:
New London County:
Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest mutual bank, with $4.4 billion in assets and 55 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, 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 as a “Top Workplace” by the Hartford Courant for four consecutive years, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.