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MVSB takes the value of stewardship very seriously. We aid the communities we serve in the forms of scholarship, sponsorship and grants. We encourage our employees to take active roles in the community – and we proudly support the more than 6,500 hours of community service offered by them in 2015.

Employee Volunteerism
and Community Financial Support

Meredith Village Savings Bank has a long history of providing financial support to the organizations that support our communities. In addition, our employees spent more than 6,500 hours helping community events and organizations last year. The partial listing of organizations below is representative of the community initiatives to which our employees dedicated their time and talents this year.

We thank our employees for their efforts to make our community an even better place to live, work, and play.

Ask for support for your organization or event

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.

Scholarships

The MVSB James D. Memorial Scholarship
The Meredith Village Savings Bank James D. Sutherland Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one graduating senior from each of the following public high schools:

  • Gilford High School
  • Interlakes 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.

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)

MVSB has participated in the IOLTA program as a Leadership Bank since 2007.

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, a bank must pay 2% or higher interest on IOLTAs, exceed the bank’s standard NOW account rate, and waive routine service charges. In 2011, IOLTA accounts at MVSB generated $34,631 in interest revenue for the Bar Foundation.

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.

Since its inception in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett, then president and CEO of the Bank, 294 grants totaling $1,184,467 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Lakes Region and Plymouth area.

Apply for a grant

If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, please download and complete an application. Note that applications are due annually on October 15.

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2015 Grant Award Recipients

In 2015, the MVSB Fund awarded 25 community organizations a total of $99,400 in grants. 2015 MVSB Fund recipients are:

Ashland Elementary School of Ashland was awarded $10,000 to purchase and install new playground equipment, which will replace existing equipment that is outdated and in poor condition.

Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire of Laconia was awarded $4,000 to help purchase an industrial refrigerator and freezer.  This will allow the organization to store frozen meals provided by the New Hampshire Food Bank that will be used to serve hot dinner meals to members and their families.

Bridge House Ladders Thrift Shop of Plymouth was awarded $5,000 to expand their thrift shop to provide more storage and display space for donated furniture. All proceeds from the store benefit the Bridge House Shelter and Veteran’s Center.

The Circle Program of Plymouth was awarded $1,500 to provide scholarships to local fifth-grade girls to participate in the program’s three-week residential summer camp.

FBI National Academy Associates of New England was awarded $5,000 to support a 4-day retraining session for area law enforcement this summer. The training will focus on the strategy and tools necessary to build upon or rebuild morale in local law enforcement agencies.

Friends of Carroll County Adult Tutorial Program of Tamworth, NH was awarded $2,500 to help defray the cost of tuition and High School Equivalency Test fees.  The program provides local adults the classes and guidance needed to obtain a High School Diploma and pursue secondary education opportunities.

Gilford High School Robotics Team of Gilford, NH was awarded $5,000 to contribute to program expenses for the team’s inclusion in the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition program. This program promotes the learning of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering skills in a real world environment and provides students the opportunity to obtain college scholarship funds.

Granite State Adaptive of Mirror Lake was awarded $ 5,000 to purchase equestrian safety equipment for their riding program, which provides therapeutic and recreational horseback riding opportunities to disabled children and adults.

Kidworks Learning Center of Meredith was awarded $5,400 to install an energy-efficient heating and cooling unit in their pre-school classroom. The new unit will help them better maintain the classroom temperature and reduce energy costs.

Kingswood Youth Center of Wolfeboro Falls was awarded $5,000 to purchase fitness equipment to complete their Outdoor Fitness Project.  The project will provide a space for fun, healthy outdoor recreation for local youth.

Lake Winnipesaukee Association of Meredith was awarded $2,500 in support of the organization’s floating classroom project, a hands-on and informative program that is designed to teach local students about lake ecology and the issues threatening Lake Winnipesaukee.

Lakes Region Girls Softball of Laconia was awarded $3,000 to help purchase new batting helmets for several age groups in their youth softball program.

Lakes Region Public Access Television (LRPA) of Laconia was awarded $1,500 to help fund the AccessAbility project, a program that will be used to train future producers and allow the organization to loan out field equipment that trainees can use to create their own content, which can then be cablecast locally.

Little Church Theater of Holderness was awarded $1,500 for the purchase of lighting and sound equipment to improve the production quality of theatrical presentations at the seasonal community theater.

New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates (NH-JAG) of Manchester was awarded $5,000 in program support to help the organization continue to provide year-round academic and employment services to disadvantaged youth in Laconia. NH-JAG specialists meet with students one period per day to provide education and support services that encourage the development of leadership, employment and communication skills.

North Country Resource Conservation and Development Council of Meredith was awarded $4,000 to help fund the Action Plan to Develop Institutional and Commercial Markets for Lakes Region Farmers led by local farmers.

Pemi Youth Center of Plymouth was awarded $5,000 to support their after school program, which provides Plymouth area youth a safe and supportive place to make new friends, gain positive role models and participate in fun and educational activities that help them build confidence and expand their interests.

Pemi-Baker Community Health of Plymouth was awarded $2,500 to purchase aquatic equipment, including weights and floats, for their aquatic fitness programs.

Pemi-Baker Literacy of Plymouth was awarded $1,000 to purchase a new printer.  Pemi-Baker Literacy offers free one-on-one tutoring and small classes in reading, writing, math, English as a 2nd language, preparation for the High School Equivalency Exam and basic computer skills.

Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company of Wolfeboro was awarded $2,500 to put toward the organization’s scholarship fund, replenishment of costume footwear, and to help secure a new location for theatrical productions.

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center of Laconia was awarded $5,000 to provide scholarship assistance to children of low-income families to attend Fledglings Preschool, a fully licensed, nature-based preschool program.

Sandwich Historical Society of Sandwich was awarded $2,500 to install durable shelving and purchase museum quality garment bags, boxes and racks for storage of their textile and costume collection.

Skatepark of Plymouth was awarded $5,000 to help complete phase II of the Skate Park of Plymouth, a free recreational resource that is open to youth of all ages.

Speare Memorial Hospital of Plymouth was awarded $5,000 in support of the hospital’s fundraising efforts to enhance their breast cancer screening technology to include 3D imaging. This technology provides greater accuracy, resulting in an increased likelihood of early detection of breast cancer, fewer call-backs for additional imaging,  and a reduction of unnecessary biopsies.

Thompson-Ames Historical Society of Gilford was awarded $5,000 to complete essential repairs to preserve the roof, chimney and exterior of Gilford’s historic Benjamin Rowe House.

Partial List of Employee Volunteer Organizations

  • Alton Bay Winter Carnival
  • Alton Mrs. Santa Fund
  • Alton Old Home Day
  • Alton School District
  • Altrusa Club of Laconia
  • Altrusa Club of Meredith
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Ashland 4th of July Parade
  • Ashland Area Recreation Association
  • Ashland Habitat for Humanity
  • Ashland Revitalization Steering Committee
  • Ashland School District
  • Barnstormers Theatre
  • Belknap County Economic Development Council
  • Belknap Independent Business Alliance
  • Best Buddies International
  • Bill Lamper Youth Basketball League
  • BreatheNH
  • Campton Historical Society
  • Carroll County Child Advocacy
  • Center Harbor 4th of July Parade
  • Center Harbor Food Pantry
  • Center Harbor Soup Kitchen
  • Central NH Young Professionals
  • Christmas Night in Ashland
  • Circle Program
  • City of Laconia
  • Communities for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth (CADY)
  • Community Bridges
  • Copper Cannon Camp
  • Cozy Caps
  • Cultural Arts Center of the Lakes Region
  • D Acres of New Hampshire
  • First Star Tonight
  • Genesis Behavioral Health
  • Gilford Parent Teacher Association
  • Girl Scouts
  • Governor Wentworth Regional School District
  • Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center
  • Greater Meredith Program
  • Holderness Afterschool Care and Enrichment (ACE)
  • Holderness Budget Committee
  • Holderness School District
  • Huggins Hospital
  • Inter-Lakes School District
  • Kidworks Learning Center
  • Kingswood Vocational Student Building Trust
  • Laconia Area Community Land Trust
  • Laconia Education Endowment Fund (LEEF)
  • Laconia Holiday Parade
  • Laconia Housing Authority
  • Lakes Region Babe Ruth Softball
  • Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Lakes Region Child Care Services
  • Lakes Region Community Services
  • Lakes Region General Hospital
  • Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity
  • Lakes Region Humane Society
  • Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation
  • Lakes Region Sled Dog Club
  • Lakes Region Tourism Association
  • Lakes Region United Way
  • Little Church Theater of Holderness
  • Loon Preservation Society
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • March of Dimes
  • Meredith Board of Selectmen
  • Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Meredith Energy Fair
  • Meredith Fire Department
  • Meredith Historical Society
  • Meredith Rotary Club
  • Mooseman Triathlon
  • Moultonborough Historical Society
  • Moultonborough School District
  • Moultonborough Visiting Nurses
  • Moultonborough/Sandwich Meals on Wheels
  • New Beginnings
  • New Durham Fire Company Auxillary
  • New England Handicapped Sports Association
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • New Hampshire Electric Co-Op Foundation
  • New Hampshire Association for Blind
  • New Hampshire Boat Museum
  • Pemi-Baker Literacy
  • Petal Pushers Farm Fall Festival
  • Plymouth Area Community Closet
  • Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative
  • Plymouth Christmas Parade
  • Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Plymouth Rotary
  • Plymouth Senior Center
  • Plymouth Skatepark
  • Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Salvation Army
  • Sandwich Children’s Center
  • Sandwich Fair Child’s Tractor Pull
  • Save for America
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
  • Spaulding Youth Center
  • Speare Memorial Hospital
  • Spinnaker Cove Yacht Club Board of Directors
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Taste of Newfound
  • Taylor Community
  • Town of Campton
  • Town of Holderness
  • Toys for Tots
  • Tuftonboro Street Cleanup
  • Village Players
  • VNA Hospice of Southern Carroll County
  • Voices Against Violence
  • Wentworth Economic Development Corporation
  • White Mountain National Forest
  • Wicwas Lake Grange
  • Winnipesaukee Playhouse
  • Winnipesaukee Transit System
  • WLNH Children’s Auction
  • Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Wolfeboro Christmas Parade
  • Wolfeboro Moonlight Madness Event
  • WOW Trail
  • Zonta Club of the Lakes Region