Groton - The Chelsea Groton Foundation announced Monday that it has awarded 32 local organizations a total of $63,500, including $5,000 each to Martin House in Norwich, the Riverfront Children's Center in Groton, United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut, Opportunities Industrialization Center and The William W. Backus Hospital.
The foundation, which was started in June 1998 with a $2 million donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, also announced awards aiding disabled veterans entering the University of Connecticut's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, helping in the construction of four affordable homes built by Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern Connecticut and inspiring fourth and fifth graders at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London to explore the outdoor world at Nature's Classroom.
"Giving back to our community is inseparable from our mission to serve our banking customers," said Michael Rauh, Chelsea Groton's president and chief executive, in a statement. "We're delighted to lend a hand."
The award to Martin House, an organization that houses needy people recovering from mental illness and addictions among other issues, covers meals seven days a week.
Money for the children's center will help offset some of the costs to redeploy the space and add a classroom.
Funds for Waterford-based United Cerebral Palsy chapter will go toward operating a disability support program.
The Opportunities Industrialization Center in New London earned support for its employment training program.
Backus Hospital is getting help in its Community Connections Campaign, as well as for its new emergency center in Plainfield and other services. The support will occur over a five-year period.
The foundation has given out nearly $1.5 million in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations in southeastern Connecticut and Westerly.
Other fall award recipients and amounts are: Alliance for Living, $500; Artreach, $500; Spirit of Broadway Theater, $500; Bethsaida Community, $1,500; Catholic Charities, $2,000; Central Baptist Church, $1,700; Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, $500; Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, $1,000; Connecticut Radio Information System, $500; Furniture Bank of Southeastern Connecticut, $2,000. Also, Habitat for Humanity, $4,000; Jonnycake Center of Westerly, $2,500; LEARN, $1,000; Malta, $3,000; Natchaug Hospital, $500; Neighborhood Music School, $500; New London Area Food Coalition, $2,000; Norwich Community Care Team, $1,000; St. Vincent de Paul Place, $2,000; Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of the United States, $500; Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, $2,500. And, Thames Area Citizen Advocacy Program, $500; Thames River Community Service, $1,500; United Community and Family Services, $2,000; Westerly Senior Citizens Association, $500; Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut, $2,300; Work Vessels for Vets, $1,500. For a list of grant purposes, visit chelseagroton.com/foundation.php .