Just eight weeks ago, William (Bill) H. W. Crawford, IV, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockville Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market "RCKB"), the parent of Rockville Bank, called upon the region for its help in financial donations to restock Hockanum Valley Community Council’s (HVCC) near empty Tri-Town Pantry, a food pantry that serves the Tolland County area. Rockville Bank donated $2,500 in seed money and established a $5,000 challenge grant to encourage others. All Bank branches accepted financial contributions through September 30; the Bank then extended its fundraising effort until October 31.
The results were immediate and overwhelming, Prime Materials Recovery, Inc. of East Hartford, Conn., and CNC Software, Inc. of Tolland, Conn. were the first to step forward, each donating $5,000 to the challenge. As of this past Friday, October 28, more than $28,000 was raised during this drive.
THEN the October 29 snow storm hit, leaving tens of thousands of people in the region without food, heat or power, and stripping the Tri-Town Pantry’s shelves bare again.
“In response to this terrible situation that is affecting so many of our neighbors, Rockville Bank Foundation will make another $5,000 donation to this wonderful community organization,” explains Bill Crawford, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockville Bank. “In addition, all of our branches will continue to accept financial contributions to Hockanum Valley Community Council’s Tri-Town Pantry through Wednesday, November 23 – the day before Thanksgiving.”
In addition, Crawford reminds the public that they can bring donations of nonperishable canned and boxed food to the Hockanum Valley Community Council at 29 Naek Road, Suite 5a, Vernon, Conn. 06066.
“This weekend’s devastating snow storm comes at a time when many families are only now recovering from Hurricane Irene,” says David Engelson, Chief Executive Officer of HVCC. “And the challenging economy just makes it tougher. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of companies like Rockville Bank Foundation that has made helping those in need a top priority.”
Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. (HVCC) is an independent, multi-program, private non-profit human service agency. It is dedicated to meeting the needs of the residents of the Tolland County area. HVCC provides services to individuals and/or families in a manner which will promote independence while assuring the basic needs are met regardless of ability to pay. HVCC is located at 29 Naek Road, Suite 5a, Vernon, Conn. 06066.
Rockville Bank currently is a 21½-branch community bank serving Tolland, Hartford, and New London counties in Connecticut. It provides a convenient banking lifestyle for Colchester, Coventry, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Glastonbury, Manchester, Rockville, Somers, South Glastonbury, South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon, seven days a week in Tolland, and three Big Y supermarket locations. A New Haven County Commercial Banking Office is now open and located at 2319 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, Conn. to provide an array of commercial products and services for businesses located in New Haven County and surrounding areas. Rockville Bank recently filed an application with the Connecticut State Department of Banking for approval to open a full-service branch in West Hartford, Conn. For more information about Rockville Bank’s services and products, call (860) 291-3600 or visit www.rockvillebank.com.