Essex Savings Bank announces 2022 Community Investment Scheme ballot results, Old Lyme high hopefuls take eighth place

ESSEX, Conn. – Essex Savings Bank has announced the results of its recent customer voting efforts under the Bank’s Community Investment Program (CIP). The voting part started 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 ballot portion of the Bank’s RIC has provided nearly $1.6 million to more than 200 not-for-profit 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 Diane H. Arnold, president and CEO of Essex Savings Bank, a total of $90,235 was made available through this year’s CIP ballot. She commented, “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 continued, “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 across the region.

For more information on the Community Investment Programme, the Annual Ballot and Essex Savings Bank, visit

Essex Savings Bank Customer Voting Community Investment Program Results 2022

Organization Amount awarded
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 No. 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 in service 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
Former 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
The 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 Assoc., Inc. Dba Madison Emerg. Medical services $758
Community music school $736
Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore CT $736
Lyme Food Sharing Garden Old Lyme $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 Ivorton Village Alliance $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 Primary School PTO $334
Lymes Senior Housing, Inc. (Lymewood) $334
Old Saybrook Education 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

Editor’s note: Essex Savings Bank is a state-chartered, FDIC-insured mutual savings bank established in 1851. The bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and the Coastline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook offering a full range of personal and business banking services. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning is offered statewide by the Bank’s trust division, Essex Trust and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser.

Jill E. Washington