Business Notes, March 13, 2022


THOMASTON – Thomaston Savings Bank has donated more than 120 bags full of basic necessities to the Brian O’Connell Homeless Project, to be given to local homeless people. Employees from different departments and branches came together to buy supplies and assemble Brian bags. These bags contain basic necessities including a toothbrush, deodorant, socks, a bottle of water and various food items.

One of the bank’s volunteer employees, Dawn Mendez, Mortgage Officer, said, “It means a lot to be able to give back to the community. Organizations like the Brian O’Connell Homeless Project show kindness to those in need and show that there are good people willing to volunteer their time and resources.

The Brian O’Connell Homeless Project is an organization that collects donations to help provide homeless people with food and other basic necessities. Donations are used for two main purposes; provide Brian Bags and build mobile showers. Brian bags usually contain a first aid kit, food, and other items to help with well-being. Mobile showers are built to encourage and improve the hygiene and conditions of those going through difficult times. Project founder Donna Finneran works with her team and community volunteers to gather supplies, assemble and distribute Brian bags throughout the community. For more information, visit

To learn more about Thomaston Savings Bank and all the services they offer, visit

Heart Association chooses the representative of “Real Women”

HARTFORD — During American Heart Month and to inspire women to “get your rhythm back,” the American Heart Association announced 12 heart disease and stroke survivors who are sharing their stories as part of the Go Red for Women® of the association.

New Britain resident Claudia Norman, who underwent open-heart surgery in 2019 when she was 53, was selected from more than 100 applicants across the United States to join the Class of 2022 of “Real Women”.

Each year, the Association chooses a group of women, affectionately called “The Real Women”, to help people identify personally with the cause. The women, who come from all walks of life, serve as national volunteer ambassadors for the initiative throughout the year.

Webster Bank among platinum sponsors for Lendl Golf Classic

NEW BRITAIN – The 27th Annual Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Golf Classic will be held May 9 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

Platinum sponsors Webster Bank and Kaestle Boos Associates have returned this year to ensure the event will raise the necessary funds to support HFSC’s adaptive sports program. The emcee, Bob Maxon of NBC Connecticut, will also be back this year.

The HFSC Ivan Lendl Golf Classic helps people with disabilities pursue their dreams through competitive and recreational sports. The HFSC Ivan Lendl Sports Camp provides our young athletes with in-person and virtual opportunities to connect with each other through training, play and competition. Sponsors allow HFSC to provide the adaptive sports program and camp to participants free of charge.

Registration for the Institute of Trustees is now open

For the second year, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation will join the Essex County Community Foundation in presenting the Institute for Trustees, an annual conference inviting nonprofit leaders to come together virtually for educational workshops and networking opportunities. The event is open to local board members and executive directors from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, northwest Litchfield County, and Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties in New York.

Kicking off the IFT begins on April 11 with a keynote address from Dr. Kenann McKenzie, director of the Generous Listening and Dialogue Center at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. The Center, opening in spring 2021, serves as a hub and educational resource for the Tufts community to promote authentic dialogue and generous listening across differences.

Participants can register for any number of 25 workshops in total – taking place from April 12 to May 26 – which will cover topics ranging from strategic planning and fundraising to diversity and employee development. board of directors.

To register and learn more about IFT 2022, visit Registration is $130. Full board registration is available for $500.

A sample of planned workshops include:

Building a Diverse Board of Directors with Gail Fortes, YWCA of Southeast Massachusetts

Courageous Conversations with Jermaine Moore, The Mars Hill Group

Same Storm, Different Boats: Navigating Financial Concerns in a Post-COVID World with James Matzdorff, Cohn Reznick LLP

Mapping the Future: Equitable and Inclusive Strategic Planning with Molly Penn and Marita Phelps, PENN Creative Strategy

How to be a supportive leader in difficult times with Sarah Carlan, MSW, SWC Consulting

Funders are also changing: how can you meet them where they are? with Phyllis Corkum and Alex McCray, Philanthropy Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, Mass., and the SouthCoast Community Foundation in New Bedford, Mass., joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Essex County Community Foundation in presenting the 2022 event.


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