Where You Bank Matters

Why We Give Back. Without you, there would be no ‘US’! Our long term success would NOT be possible without a vibrant community. Did you know Ulster Savings is 1 of 449 remaining mutual savings banks in the United States? In New York State, we are 1 of only 26 remaining mutual savings banks. What does that mean? Unlike big banks, mutual savings banks have no stockholders, therefore our profits stay local and are reinvested back into the community in a variety of ways

Where We Give. We support non-profit organizations in the communities we serve, with an emphasis on helping causes our employees are directly engaged with. The majority of our management team serves on local non-profit and economic development boards and employees donate their time and effort to various causes throughout the Hudson Valley.

Overall Impact. Ulster Savings is a leader in charitable giving year after year. Ulster Savings gives back in two ways-through the bank’s community donations program and also through its Charitable Foundation.

We are proud of our efforts and the significant impact we have made in the communities we serve. Helping community changes lives for the better.

Last year alone (2022), Ulster Savings was able to donate over $409,774 to the community we love and call home!

The bank and its foundation together have donated over $14.5 million dollars since the foundation’s formation in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary in 2001.

Community Matters to US.

With deep roots in the Hudson Valley, we understand the value of caring about the communities we serve. Supporting local is at the heart of everything we do and no local community bank does it better than US. Whether it’s through monetary donations, collecting needed items, or volunteering our time.

Supporting Local Veterans

Last week, members of the Kingston Elks Lodge 550 presented 118 gift cards to the Ulster County Veteran Services Agency. The cards will be given to local veterans in need so that they can purchase essentials. Ulster Savings Bank facilitated the transaction by ordering the cards, preloading them, and donating the card holders. The members of Lodge 550 serve the needs of children and veterans in our community through charitable acts, volunteerism, and financial contributions.

2022 Coat Drive

Our 2022 Winter Coat Drive was one of the most successful ever. We would like to thank all our customers and employees who participated in this worthy cause. We managed to collect lots of coats. In fact, we collected well over 80 bags of coats in total! Thank you also to the Rotary Club, who helped deliver them to local nonprofit organizations, and to Dutchess Outreach and Mental Health America for distributing them to those in need.

Michaela helping with coats

Shop Small and Win Big Winner

Kimberly Joy Giese Wilson was the winner of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Shop Small and Win Big contest. She was presented a $500 gift card from us. When we asked her how she would spend it she told us she would order some kerosene to heat her home. At $7 per gallon she shared she wouldn’t be able to fill the tank but she was thankful she would be able to get a good delivery. Then to everyone’s surprise, USB President and CEO, Bill Calderara, presented her with an additional $500 gift card.

Toys for Tots Collection

Thank you to our community and staff for contributing new toys for this year’s Toys for Tots drive. We are incredibly grateful to our BSA department for organizing this fundraiser and sorting the bounty of toys we received. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

BSA department loaded with toys

Pet Pictures with Santa

We had an excellent turnout for our Hyde Park branch's Pet Photos with Santa. We raised $351 for the Dutchess County SPCA. We were joined by Cathy Lane and Jean Epting from the DCSPCA as well as Marie Roe from Dirt Road Designs by Roe. Shout out to Lily Bear Treats who couldn’t be here in person but sent treats in gift bags for all our pets. Thank you all!

Santa Andrew holding small dogs

Partnering with Abilities First

Branch managers, Dora Visbeck from Hyde Park, and Kathy DeLano from Burnett Blvd, Pok, attended the Abilities First Community Partners Breakfast. The event celebrated Abilities First’s 60 years of service to the Hudson Valley Community for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Ulster Savings Bank was a sponsor of this event which was held at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

Second-Graders from Phoenicia Elementary School Visited the Branch

Our Phoenicia branch had a great visit from Ms. Mitchell's 2nd-grade class from Phoenicia Elementary. The children answered some questions about where to keep their money, how to earn money, what they want to spend their earned money on, and some quick math questions regarding cash deposits. These incredible kids each got a Teach Children to Save swag bag with lots of goodies, including a $1 coin in their change purses to kick off some savings!

Second-Graders from Phoenicia Elementary School Visited Ulster Savings Bank

Wappingers Falls Branch Community Appreciation Day

Our Wappingers Falls location recently held their community day. Guests enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and delicious wings from Planet Wings. We had some furry friends join us as well. Thank you to our community, staff, local vendors, and non-profits for making the day a success. Without you...there would be no us!

Ulster Savings Bank in Wappingers Falls Community Appreciation Day

Saugerties Branch Community Appreciation Day

Our Saugerties staff hosted a Community Appreciation Day at the branch. All were welcome to take a chance with our famous money machine, cracking the vault and spinning the wheel of prizes.

Ulster Savings Bank’s Saugerties Branch Community Appreciation Day

Town of Hyde Park Day

Shannon, Patrick, and Andrew from our Hyde Park branch had a great time at the town's Community Day on Saturday. The weather was beautiful and we had a great turn-out at our tent.

Ulster Savings Bank at the Town of Hyde Park Day

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