Charter Oak Awards $19,000

Community Giving Program Grants Assist 10 Organizations

Groton, CT – December 4, 2012 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union’s Community Giving Program has awarded $19,000 to 10 organizations as part of its fourth-quarter community giving.

Grant recipients include Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, Inc.; City of Norwich; The Connecticut Radio Information System; Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern Connecticut; Ledyard Social Services;, Inc.; Muscular Dystrophy Association; Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse; Norwich Human Services; and Safe Futures.

These organizations will use the allocated funds to assist individuals and families living within Charter Oak’s field of membership., Inc., will continue to help disadvantaged students in the Greater New London area while Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, Inc., will use the funds to ensure that local families remain intact and are able to afford their basic needs. The Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc., also known as CRIS, was awarded a grant to expand its radio reading service in Windham and New London counties. CRIS is the only radio reading service in Connecticut for people with disabilities.
 “It was an easy decision to award funds to these 10 organizations. They are doing their best to improve the communities in which Charter Oak has served for over 73 years,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s Chief Executive Officer.

Charter Oak’s Community Giving Program has funded 42 grants, totaling $74,100 this year alone, and has given more than $575,000 to local community and non-profit groups since its inception in 2009. Charter Oak’s funding priorities generally focus on education and training; health programs; human services; housing; community development and revitalization; and the arts.

Community Giving Grant Application Forms are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is January 1st. To learn more about Charter Oak’s Community Giving Program, visit