People’s United Foundation awards $4K to CareGivers

MANCHESTER – As part of its ongoing effort to enhance the quality of life for residents in the communities where People’s United Bank operates, the People’s United Community Foundation, the bank’s philanthropic arm, announced that it has awarded $4,000 to The CareGivers in Bedford.

With the help of nearly 500 volunteers and funders, The CareGivers provides transportation, food and companionship at no cost to more than 850 elderly living in Greater Manchester and Nashua. The funding will support the expansion of The CareGivers Caring Cupboard food delivery program, the only mobile pantry serving Greater Manchester and Nashua.

"Thanks to the generous support of the People’s United Community Foundation and our dedicated volunteers, we will be able to serve more than 400 households this year," said Donny Guillemette, president and CEO of The CareGivers. "Our aim is to offer food, presence and transportation assistance to the elderly, war veterans, retired teachers, laborers, homemakers and disabled neighbors in need, all free of charge."

"The CareGivers Caring Cupboard is a critical resource in our community that provides many families and individuals with their daily food supply," said Dianne Mercier, officer of People’s United Community Foundation and New Hampshire president for People’s United Bank. "We are pleased to be able to once again support The CareGivers as they assist so many of our neighbors in need."

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for residents in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. The foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the foundation include affordable housing, community development and youth development.