Community

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 (2021), Ulster Savings was able to donate over $452,085 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

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.

Kingston Branch Community Appreciation Day

Ulster Savings Bank’s annual Community Appreciation Day was a huge success at our main headquarters at 180 Schwenk Dr., Kingston. Our community enjoyed refreshments and fun activities. Entertainment included Ricky the DJ, Jam N Draw Caricatures, and performances from The Dynamo Dogs, the Ballet School of Kingston, and the Catskill Ballet Theatre. We will also be collected recyclables (deposit bottles, old sneakers, and used ink cartridges) to support C.A.T.S, a local nonprofit that spays and neuters street cats. A big thank you to all employees who made the day extra special for our community.


Black Business Achievement Awards

The Ulster Chamber, in partnership Ulster County Tourism, hosted the Inaugural Ulster County Black Business Achievement Awards and Community Connect and Ulster Savings Bank was the proud sponsor of the successful event. Everyone was invited to join in the free celebration at our headquarters at 180 Schwenk Drive as we honored black business and community leaders from the past, the present and the future. Congratulations to all of the 2022 Black Business Achievement Awards honorees!


Ulster County SPCA Donation

We had fun delivering supplies donated by our employees to our friends at the Ulster County SPCA. The non-profit was very grateful to us for the delivery. We are grateful to the UCSPCA for all they do to help the furry friends throughout our community.


Clean Sweep

Bankers and Insurance Teammates turned into Sweepers for a few hours on Saturday, May 7/ The rain held off for a successful Clean Sweep this year in uptown Kingston!


There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch

As another of our 170 Acts of Kindness, we provided lunch to all staff and volunteers participating in Project Santa at the People’s Place in Kingston. The delicious lunch came from Frank Guido’s Little Italy. Every December, the People’s Place gifts Ulster County children with a package containing toys, board games, books, stocking stuffers, and winter weather clothing. This effort is funded through their Celebrate Santa event held during the summer, financial donations from the community, and donations of new toys, board games, and winter clothing. Pictured are bank employees Dulce Ward and Tammy Gillon from the HR Department.


Spreading Kindness and Cheer at the Snowflake Festival

We were proud to be a major sponsor of this year's Kingston Snowflake Festival. We continued spreading kindness with 25 Ulster Savings Bank gift cards throughout the evening. Festival volunteer Fatimah Franklin was one of the lucky recipients of a gift card presented by president and CEO Bill Calderara.


HPT, Inc - WBPM Workplace of the Week

Congratulations to Jay  and the crew over at HPT, Inc. (High Purity Cleaning - Electropolishing)  in Lake Katrine for winning a workplace of the week lunch. Special thanks to Karisa Finch, Branch Manager at our Lake Katrine location and sponsoring a delicious lunch from Home Plate Deli & Caterers!


Thanksgiving Day Kindness

On Thanksgiving Day our CEO Bill Calderera dropped off a few prepaid debit cards to give out to community members in need at the Spread the Love Thanksgiving event held by the Center 4 Creative Education. Bill is pictured with the Center's Board Member Tracy Leman and volunteer Jay from Energy Dance Company.


Free Gas for Some Lucky Folks

We love surprising folks at the pump with a free fill up, especially right before Thanksgiving Day.


Coldwell Banker - Workplace of the Week

Amy Forste and the crew at Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC on Fair Street in Uptown Kingston were the lucky winners of the 92.9/96.5 WBPM Workplace of the Week. They won a delicious lunch provided by Home Plate Deli & Caterers. Special thanks to Rich Heese, Mortgage Spoecialist, for stopping by to help us present this "Culinary Act of Kindness." 


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