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Connecticut Appleseed Honors Webster Bank With "Good Apple Award" for Philanthropy
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WILTON, Conn., November 9, 2010 -- Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., has selected Webster Bank as winner of the Good Apple Award for 2010 for its philanthropy in the community and support of Connecticut Appleseed initiatives that serve the state’s at-risk population.

John Ciulla, Webster Executive Vice President, accepted the Good Apple Award on behalf of the bank from Martin L. Budd, chair of Connecticut Appleseed’s Board of Directors, at a reception in Hartford. Connecticut Appleseed is a statewide, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to develop solutions for the causes, rather than the symptoms, of our state’s social problems.

In addition to its philanthropic and volunteer activities for numerous community organizations, Webster was cited for its support of two Connecticut Appleseed initiatives, Connecticut Mission of Mercy and Bank on Connecticut. “Throughout its 75 year history, Webster Bank has been committed to serving the community,” Budd said. “We are delighted to honor Webster Bank for its many philanthropic efforts and for its willingness to participate in the Connecticut Mission of Mercy and Bank on Connecticut, two programs dedicated to helping the state’s underserved populations.”

Connecticut Mission of Mercy organizes free dental care clinics for the state’s at-risk population. Bank on Connecticut is a new program to encourage the un-banked and under-banked individuals to join the mainstream banking system by establishing no or low cost checking or savings accounts with banks and to avoid the high fees of payday lenders and check cashing establishments.

dquo;It is an honor to be recognized by an organization such as Connecticut Appleseed that does so much for the community, and we are pleased to support two of its key initiatives,” Ciulla said. “Connecticut Mission of Mercy has done phenomenal work providing free dental care for those most in need. Bank on Connecticut is a great example of public-private initiative that helps individuals develop valuable money management skills that will last a lifetime.”

Source: Connecticut Appleseed