Ridgefield, CT – February 17, 2016: Fairfield County Bank held a company-wide pledge campaign where employees were given the opportunity to donate money to four local United Way organizations. The Bank’s employees raised over $28,000, which was donated to United Way of Western Connecticut, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, United Way of Greater Waterbury, and United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls.

Along with the employee pledge donations, Fairfield County Bank made an annual corporate donation of $15,000, with $10,000 donated to United Way of Western Connecticut and $5,000 donated to United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Fairfield County Bank is also a Gold sponsor in United Way of Western Connecticut’s corporate sponsorship program.

The mission of United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing caring communities to create lasting change. The vision for local United Ways is to ensure that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable, and every community we serve is healthy and strong.

United Ways in CT are particularly focused on a population that United Way identifies as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) in our communities. A United Way report published in November 2014 revealed that in Connecticut, 1 in 4 households have earnings above the Federal Poverty Level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. Combined with those who are struggling below the poverty level, 35% of all households in the state are experiencing financial hardship. By leveraging the collective power of the community, we are focused on creating an environment where individuals and families are self-sufficient and can achieve financial stability.

Fairfield County Bank has been a longtime supporter of local United Way organizations and firmly believes in their community mission. Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank headquartered in Ridgefield, CT with locations throughout Fairfield County. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank.