MVSB takes the value of stewardship very seriously. We aid the communities we serve in the forms of scholarships, sponsorships, and grants. We encourage our employees to take active roles in the community – and we proudly support the thousands of hours of community service offered by them in each year. In 2020, our employees volunteered 3,975 hours, supporting 99 local nonprofit organizations.
Sponsorships and Contributions
If you are interested in having Meredith Village Savings Bank support your non-profit organization, please contact your local office. For a listing, click here.
Sharing your message
We are always happy to help local non-profits share information about their organizations and special events:
- Each office has a community board to display flyers and posters
- We can post messages and event information on digital signs in front of our offices in Laconia and Meredith
- Agencies can provide inserts to distribute in lobbies and cash envelopes
Please Note: that we cannot promote lotteries or religious or political messages. Other restrictions may apply.
The MVSB James D. Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one graduating senior from each of the following public high schools:
- Gilford High School
- Inter-Lakes High School
- Kingswood Academy
- Laconia High School
- Moultonborough Academy
- Plymouth Regional High School
- Prospect Mountain High School
Information and applications for this scholarship are available at guidance offices at the schools listed above. You can also access the application here.
The MVSB Culinary Arts Center Scholarship
The MVSB Culinary Arts Center is part of The Huot Technical Center, a regional program for students at Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Franklin and Winnisquam Regional High Schools. The Center provides students the opportunity to begin to develop skills that are essential to employment in all facets of the food service trade.
Information and applications for this scholarship are available at Huot Technical Center Administrative Offices.
Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA)
The IOLTA program was created in 1982 when a NH Supreme Court ruling began requiring attorneys to maintain a pooled interest-bearing trust account for clients’ funds which were nominal in amount or to be held for a short period of time. Under Supreme Court Rule 50, the interest generated in those accounts was required to be transferred to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation for charitable purposes. Since its inception, the IOLTA program has raised more than $28 million to help provide legal services to New Hampshire citizens who are struggling to overcome poverty.
To be designated as a Leadership Bank by the NH Bar Foundation, MVSB must pay 2% or higher interest on IOLTAs, exceed the bank’s standard NOW account rate, and waive routine service charges.
Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund Grant Awards
The Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund makes grants every year to local non-profits that make a significant impact upon the lives of people in the communities we serve. These grants are in addition to the bank’s regular contributions and the extraordinary volunteer efforts by our employees.
Established in 1997, the MVSB Fund awards grant-based contributions to non-profit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for residents living in the Bank’s service areas. Since its inception, 417 grants totaling more than $1,683, 248 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational and historic projects throughout the Lakes Region, Plymouth and Seacoast areas.
Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring as well as education and restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances and equipment that helps save lives. While not focused on a particular category, Fund administrators are mindful of the receiving organization and its contribution to the quality of life in the communities served.
“The community has always been at the heart of our mission,” said Rick Wyman, President of Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB). “We are very fortunate to have so many valuable non-profit organizations that provide essential services to the people and families of the Lakes Region and Seacoast.”
Recipients of the MVSB Charitable Fund grants include:
Eleven food pantries that serve the same communities as Meredith Village Savings Bank will share a donation total of $11,000.
Belknap House, Laconia
Awarded $7,500 to support temporary staffing needs to accommodate new COVID-19 protocols. Belknap House provides families experiencing homelessness in Belknap County safe housing. Guests are admitted through local welfare department referrals. Clients are offered educational assistance and skills training such as money management and how to be a good renter, as well as other pertinent and valuable life skills.
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover
Awarded $2,500 for the purchase of a new wooden playset. The playset will provide safety and support for guests to enjoy for many years to come. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire actively engages families and children of the Seacoast region in hands-on discovery, inspiring all to become the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.
Got Lunch, Ashland and Holderness
Awarded $1,000 to provide healthy lunches to low income children and families from Ashland and Holderness. Got Lunch is a community-based program that provides healthy lunches to children during their summer break.
Hospice Help Foundation, Portsmouth
Awarded $5,000 to help fund essential needs and supplies for impoverished hospice patients. The Hospice Help Foundation supports hospice patients struggling with poverty, providing financial assistance to patients in dire financial need. Their focus is on improving the quality of life of patients and loved ones, while easing the burdens that accompany terminal diagnosis and illness.
Lakes Region Food Pantry, Moultonboro
Awarded $5,000 that will go toward their healthy food voucher program. The Lakes Region Food Pantry helps meet the needs of local individuals and families facing food insecurity and services are provided to individuals with dignity and respect. They offer food, food vouchers, personal care products, cooking classes, among many other programs.
Patriot Resilient Leader Institute for Camp Resilience, Gilford
Awarded $5,000 to help subsidize the cost of the Camp Resilience Winter Wellness retreat for veterans. Camp Resilience provides a sustained comprehensive curriculum to help wounded veterans recover their well-being by engaging in sports, adventure activities and life-skill programs.
Step Up Parents, Portsmouth
Awarded $5,000 in financial assistance for more than 100 in-state kinship caregivers. Step Up Parents offers funding and support to relative caregivers in NH who have stepped up to be surrogate parents to children whose biological parents are struggling with substance use disorder. In many instances, kinship caregivers must simultaneously deal with the devastating effects of addiction with their own child or relative.
Tuftonboro Historical Society
Awarded $5,000 to go toward the restoration of the Historical Society’s building. The Tuftonboro Historical Society promotes and preserves the history of Tuftonboro, NH.