During the month of December, a few members of the Treehouse Trail Blazers decided to take advantage of the volunteering opportunities within our communities. They volunteered their time at the CT Foodshare mobile food pantry located in New London, Tommy Toy’s toy distribution that took place at the Gemma E. Moran United Way/ Labor Food Center, and United Way’s mobile food pantry located in Groton.

Who are the Treehouse Trail Blazers?

The Treehouse Trail Blazers are a group of employees that participate and volunteer within the community. Feel free to say “Hi” if you see us!

Food Pantry Donations

Charter Oak donated $100,000 in emergency food assistance to eastern Connecticut’s food pantries and food centers. 20 pantries in eastern Connecticut received $5,000 in December. The organizations that received a donation 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.

Grants and Sponsorships

During the fourth quarter of 2022, Charter Oak received multiple Grant and Sponsorship requests. In December, the committee awarded a total of $13,500 in grants and throughout the fourth quarter the Community Sponsorship Committee awarded a total of $17,475. The four organizations that were chosen for grants were CT Storytelling Center, Inc.; Horizons, Inc.; Safe Futures, Inc.; and Yellow Farmhouse Education Center.