Board Member Donation

On September 8th, Rebecca Karun, from the USO New London Submarine Base, paid us a visit to talk about the USO and to receive a donation of $2,500 on behalf of Charter Oak and our board member, Wayne Burgess.

Wayne Burgess, a proud native of New London County, has been a board member since 2014. Prior to becoming a board member, Wayne also served on the Supervisory Committee and later served as Supervisory Committee Chairman. Wayne has an impressive history with the U.S. Navy – starting with proudly serving on the USS Taylor DD-468 between 1956-1969 and being deployed to Vietnam in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

Since retiring from General Dynamics Electric Boat in 2015, Wayne has enjoyed activities such as power boating, going on cruises and traveling around the world.

Wayne, thank you for your service, your generosity and for being a devoted member for over five decades!

Grants and Sponsorships

During the third quarter of 2022, Charter Oak received multiple Grant and Sponsorship requests. In September, the committee awarded a total of $11,500 in grants and throughout the third quarter the Community Sponsorship Committee awarded a total $8,690.

The three organizations that were chosen for grants were The Furniture Bank of Southeastern CT, Martin House, Inc., and Chrysalis Center, Inc. These organizations were chosen by the committee because they align with Charter Oak’s Mission of “Fostering economic development and social well-being in both New London and Windham counties.”

The Furniture Bank of Southeastern CT has been in operation since 1982 and has been dedicated to serving families in need of furniture due to hardship. Last year, they helped 189 families in the community by providing 205 beds.

Martin House, Inc. was founded in 1982 and has served over 850 individuals. Their mission is to “provide a nurturing community where individuals of limited income who have been alone, alienated, fearful and dispossessed can develop healthy relationships, new dignity and a renewed life.”

Chrysalis Center, Inc. was founded in 1975 and has been providing services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Chrysalis Center serves more than 1,500 individuals and families each year through their employment services, supportive services and case management, housing services, recovery services and food hub.