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Barbara Lemieux, 2016

Our Employees Donated to Riverbend Community Mental Health

Linda Lorden, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Officer of the Merrimack and Peter Evers, President and CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health

The employees of Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack), MillRiver Wealth Management (MillRiver), Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) and New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB) pledged $2,374 to Riverbend Community Mental Health. This is one of 20 awards given to non-profit agencies, in addition to the money donated directly to the Granite United Way.

NHMB made a dollar-for-dollar match to its employee contribution of more than $47,000 to Granite United Way, and distributed the funds evenly among 20 non-profit agencies selected by employee vote.

“We’re thankful for organizations like Riverbend, who tend to the mental health of our community members. The services they offer, addresses very important needs and we are happy to support them in any way we can,” said Philip Emma, President Merrimack County Savings Bank. “This was an excellent choice by our employees for a recipient organization. Riverbend has helped a countless number of people and families by providing services that promote recovery from mental illness and emotional distress. It’s an honor to give back to an organization that has done such a tremendous amount of good for so many.”

“I am very grateful to the generosity of NHMB and delighted to receive this donation on behalf of Riverbend,” said Peter Evers, President and CEO of Riverbend. “Contributions like this one make it possible for us to continue the critical work of strengthening and supporting the emotional and mental health of our community.”

19 other non-profits also received donations including the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Club of Central NH, Central NH VNA & Hospice, the Circle Program, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, the Concord Family YMCA, David’s House, the Friendly Kitchen, Genesis Behavioral Health, Habitat for Humanity, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Lakes Region Child Care Services, the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, New Beginnings, the NH Food Bank, the NH Humane Society, the Pope Memorial SPCA, the Salvation Army and Second Start.

Founded in 1963, Riverbend Community Mental Health Center is a private, non-profit organization providing specialized behavioral health services to more than 7,000 adults, children and families in central New Hampshire. Core services include 24-hour emergency services; counseling for children, adults and families; addiction and recovery services for those 18 and older; community support, vocational services and residential programs for adults and seniors. For more information, visit

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