What’s Happening December 2023

Published On: January 3rd, 2024Categories: News & Events, What's Happening

$37k Grants & Sponsorships

During the 4th quarter of 2024, Charter Oak received multiple Grant and Sponsorship requests. In December, the Grant Committee awarded $25,000 in grants and throughout the fourth quarter the Community Sponsorship Committee awarded $12,000.

The eight organizations that were chosen from grants were: Always Home, Covenant to Care for Children, Inc., Chrysalis Center, Inc., CT Storytelling Center, Inc., Horizons, Inc., The Furniture Bank of SECT, Franklin PTO and Safe Futures.

To learn more, please visit our Grants and Sponsorship page.

$100k End of Year Donation

For the second year in a row, Charter Oak donated a total of $100,000 to 20 food pantries and food centers in eastern Connecticut to help boost food supplies to those in need during the holiday season. The 20 eastern Connecticut organizations that received emergency food assistance from Charter Oak include: Access Community Action Agency; Always Home in Mystic; Care & Share of East Lyme; Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic; Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson; Interfaith Human Services of Putnam-Daily Bread; Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London; Groton Social Services Food Lockers; Montville Food Bank (Montville Social Services); New London Area Food Pantry; New London Community Meal Center; New London Homeless Hospitality Center; Norwich Community Meal Program DBA Lee Memorial UMC; Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center; Project Pin, Inc. in Moosup; Rosalyn Allen Food Pantry in Norwich; Saint Mary’s Church Food Pantry in Jewett City; Saint Vincent De Paul Place in Norwich; TEEG Community Market in North Grosvenordale; and Waterford Community Food Bank in Waterford.

Food Wars for Local Food Pantry

During the Month of November and December Charter Oak employees participated in a Food Wars competition. Departments were asked to bring in non-perishable food items to support Gemma Moran Food Bank and local food pantries.

This year’s winner was the Marketing Team with a total of 152 donations!

But most importantly – together Charter Oak employees donated a total of 525 pounds of food, which is equivalent of 437 meals to our community.

Thank you to everyone who donated.

Trailblazers Update

Throughout the year the Trailblazers volunteered their time at events such as Tommy Toys, Chowder Fest, Garlic Fest, Mobile Food Pantries and more.

We had a very successful year, and we are proud to say that the Trailblazers volunteered over 200 hours!

This year the Trailblazers have a goal to DOUBLE the amount of volunteer hours.

Thank you, Trailblazers, for your dedication and support towards your community!