Essex Savings Bank Announces 2022 Community Investment Program Ballot Results

By Essex Savings Bank press release • 05/25/2022 2:55 PM EST

Essex Savings Bank announces the results of its recent customer voting efforts under the Bank’s Community Investment Program (CIP). Voting began on February 1 and ended on February 28. The program, now in its 27th year, allows bank customers to select up to three charities from this year’s list of 74 qualifying nonprofits. Allocations of funds are made based on the results of these votes.

Since its inception in 1996, the CIP’s voting side of the bank has provided nearly $1.6 million to more than 200 nonprofit organizations. Of that amount, more than $628,000 went to the first 10 recipients, which include lifesaving programs such as Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry (26 times) and High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (26 times).

According to Essex Savings Bank President and CEO Diane H. Arnold, a total of $90,235 was made available through this year’s CIP ballot.

“COVID has had a detrimental effect on nonprofit fundraising efforts, both locally and nationally. It has also created and exacerbated hardship for many people in our community and beyond,” Arnold said. “As such, I am especially pleased that the bank’s CIP is able to provide over $250,000 in total to help our local nonprofits fulfill their important missions this year.

Since its inception, the program will have provided more than $5.25 million to nonprofit organizations in the region.

For more information on the CIP, the annual ballot and the Essex Savings Bank, visit

Essex Savings Bank CIP 2022 Results

Amount granted to the organization

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, Inc. $8,203

Forgotten Felines, Inc. $4,525

Valley Shore Animal Welfare League $4,124

The Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. — Meals on Wheels $4,102

Essex Fire Engine Company #1 $3,009

Old Saybrook Fire Department Number One, Inc. $2,407

Camp Hazen YMCA $2,318

Therapeutic Riding High Hopes, Inc. $2,251

Essex Library Association $2,229

Deep River Ambulance Association, Inc. $2,185

Visiting nurses from The Lower Valley, Inc. $1,939

Chester Hose Company Incorporated $1,895

Essex Land Trust, Inc. $1,761

Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation, Inc. $1,761

Valley Coast YMCA $1,739

Vernon A. Tait All Animal Adoption, Preservation and Rescue Fund, Inc. $1,739

A Little Compassion/The Nest Coffee House $1,672

Chester Historical Society $1,672

Ivoryton Library Association $1,605

Former Lyme, Inc. Fire Department $1,583

FISH (Friends serving here) $1,538

Connecticut Cancer Foundation, Inc. $1,315

Friends of Hammonasset, Inc. $1,271

Essex Historical Society, Inc. $1,226

Lyme Ambulance Association, Inc. $1,204

Old Lyme Land Trust, Inc. $1,159

Deep River Historical Society, Inc. $1,137

Lyme Fire Company $1,048

Valley Soccer Club Inc. $1,048

The Connecticut River Foundation at Steamboat Dock $1,025

Tri-City Youth Services $959

Friends of Acton Library $914

Friends of Chester Public Library $892

Region 4 Education Foundation, Inc. (R4EF) $892

Chester Land Trust $869

Gardens of the Common Good, Inc. $869

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Inc. $869

Lymes Youth Services Bureau $869

Deep River Land Trust, Inc. $825

Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association, Inc. $825

Deep River Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corp. $802

Old Saybrook Land Trust, Inc. $780

SARAH, Inc. $780

Madison Ambulance Association, Inc. Dba Madison Emergency Medical Services $758

Community Music School $736

Valley Shore CT Literacy Volunteers $736

Lyme Old Lyme Food Sharing Garden $736

Lyme Public Hall and Local History Archives, Inc. $713

Angel Charities, Inc. $691

Sister Cities Essex Haiti, Inc. $646

Essex Winter Series $624

Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc. $624

The Ivoryton Village Covenant $602

Con Brio Choral Society $557

Essex Community Fund, Inc. $535

Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc. $535

Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation, Inc. $513

Masters of the Sail of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps, Inc. $513

Vista Life Innovations, Inc. $490

Westbrook Historical Society, Inc. $446

HOPE Partnership, Inc. $424

Cappella Cantorum, Inc. $401

Lyme Art Association, Inc. $401

Essex PTO Elementary School $334

Lymes, Inc. Senior Housing (Lymewood) $334

Old Saybrook Educational Foundation $312

Westbrook Project Graduation, Inc. $290

Act II Thrift Shop, Inc. $245

EC Scranton Memorial Library $245

Guilford Youth Mentoring $245

Brazilian American Youth Cultural Exchange (BRAYCE) $223

The Country School, Inc. $201

CT Waverunners $178

Sound View Beach Association, Inc. $112

Totals $90,235

Jill E. Washington