DANBURY — The Union Savings Bank Foundation recently awarded $350,500 in funding to 38 local Connecticut organizations as part of the 156-year-old community bank’s ongoing efforts to give back to those it serves, according to a statement.

Of the total amount, $254,500 was awarded to 22 educational nonprofit programs and $96,000 was donated to 16 food pantries across the state. Recipients provide a wide range of services to the community, including: providing educational and vocational training opportunities; supporting people with special needs; cultivate the arts; provide youth development activities; and provide a wide range of health services, including helping people with physical, behavioral and mental health issues, and helping people experiencing abuse.

Local organizations receiving 2022 grants are: FOCUS Center for Autism, Guangzhou – $16,500 FOCUS Fresh Start School; Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, Litchfield – The $10,000 grant will support the Youth Mental Health Program: School-Based Mental Health Care in North West CT. KidsPlay Children’s Museum, Torrington – The $10,000 grant will be used for the Inclusive Playtime program. McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Torrington – The $7,200 grant will support the Circle of Security Parenting program. Litchfield County Arc, LARC, Torrington – $10,000 grant will support interactive socialization program for pre-kindergarten children with autism spectrum.

The following local food pantries each received $6,000 in grants: Community Kitchen of Torrington; Friendly Hands Food Bank, Torrington; Goshen Food Bank; Kent Food Bank; Litchfield Hills/NW Elderly Nutrition Program, Torrington; Prime Time House, Torrington; St. Michael’s Pantry, Litchfield.

Vera appointed vice president, head of commercial loans

TORRINGTON — Torrington Savings Bank has named Carolina Vera as its new vice president, head of commercial lending.

Vera has over 14 years of experience in the banking industry, having held various positions in retail banking, investment banking and commercial lending. Her most recent role was as Vice President, Head of Commercial Lending at Savings Bank of Danbury, serving the Greater Danbury and New York markets. Some of his areas of expertise are commercial real estate financing, construction, C&I and SBA lending. Previously, she held several positions at Newtown Savings Bank, People’s United Bank and JP Morgan Chase Bank.

In her role, she will be responsible for commercial lending activities for Fairfield County and surrounding towns.

Vera holds an associate’s degree in international business, an SBA lender designation from the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL), and formal training in commercial credit and lending from the Connecticut Bankers Association (CBA). . She is also dedicated to her community through various volunteer endeavours, including chairing the board of directors of Renewal House and being a member of various professional networking groups. She resides in the town of New Fairfield with her husband, two children and their rescue dogs.

Tournament raises $42,000 for ALS patients

HARWINTON — The Jack Mac Scramble for ALS took place Sept. 18 at the Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton. The one-day charity golf tournament raised more than $42,000 to help ALS patients and their families get the services they need.

The donation will be made to the ALS Association, CT Chapter in the name of Jack McCarthy, in whose memory the event was held. Dave Paniati holds up the check with the final total as Jack’s wife Chris McCarthy announces it to the guests.

Job fair on October 5 in Winsted

WINSTED – A job fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 5 at East End Park, Winsted, sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, the Community College of Northwest Connecticut, the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, the City of Winchester and the Winchester Economic Development Commission.

The rain date is October 20 at the NCCC gymnasium.

Bring copies of your resume. There will be food trucks and music.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 860-426-6508.