The 2015 Grow Your Community Award winners exemplify the importance of community banks. These projects and stories are just a taste of what our members are constantly doing to ensure the success of the communites in which they serve. Look for more detailed examples of these and other community bank projects in future Transactions Community Bank Profiles. Community banks help to grow their communities in more ways then we’ll ever know, and for that, we thank you. Congratulations to all of this year’s Grow Your Community Award winners!
President’s Award Winners
Community State Bank of Orbisonia
After an external amusement company cancelled their contract to participate as the ride vendor for Orbisonia’s Homecoming Celebration, the committee had to decide whether to cancel or continue with the event. This celebration has been a part of the Orbisonia community for more than 50 years and one that children await with anticipation all year. After contacting numerous companies to serve as the ride vendor, with no success, the employees of Community State Bank took action and saved the event.
The CSB Board agreed and gave permission for the employees to plan an event to replace the missing amusement rides. More than 65 employees and their families worked for weeks planning, organizing and building the games and props that would be used for Family Fun Day. The entire event was free for children and they enjoyed face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, an obstacle course, scavenger hunts, and more.
Many of Orbisonia’s local churches, EMS, Fire Company, library and other volunteer organizations utilize the Homecoming event to raise money for their causes. The employees of Community State Bank kept the fund-raising opportunity alive for the civic organizations who work to make Orbisonia a better place to live. Family Fun Day was a huge success and kept the important community tradition of Homecoming alive in Orbinsonia. Congratulations to the CSB Team on receiving the President’s Award.
Washington Financial Bank
Through community outreach, Washington Financial Bank has established long-term relationships with many non-profits in the community. They hear the obstacles faced by these organizations; lack of volunteer time, training, funding, staffing and more. Washington Financial also recognizes the determination, dedication and positive outcomes that these non-profits deliver every day.
In order to help these organizations and empower them to make informed decisions, increase due diligence and strengthen current policies and procedures, the bank established the “Stop, Collaborate & Listen Program.
This program is an innovative approach to partner with, educate and bring awareness to the non-profits in the Washington community. The lunch and learn eight-part seminar series provided training and education on topics such as Fraud Prevention & Financial Management, Buzz Words for submitting a bank grant request, database management, personnel issues, human resources, retail banking, and more.
Bringing the leaders of these non-profits together also provided them opportunities to collaborate and share services with one another. Congratulations to Washington Financial Bank for receiving the President’s Award.
Community Leadership Award Winners
Mid Penn Bank
Mid Penn Bank is honored for its work leading and organizing the Harrisburg area 2015 March of Dines March for Babies.
Mid Penn Bank CEO Rory Ritrievi chaired the event and enlisted the bank’s team to assist. Fundraisers were held within the bank and special incentives were introduced to encourage employees to give to the campaign. Nearly 100 Mid Penn Bank employees and family members participated in the walk and the bank raised $50,000 for the March for Babies Campaign.
The campaign was driven by the right strategy, strong leadership and cohesive teamwork….but the most important factor of the campaign’s success? The campaign was given the proper care and attention that only a community bank can give.
Somerset Trust Company
Somerset Trust Company is honored for its Educational Community Outreach Programs. Programs include elder abuse awareness, financial literacy, fraud prevention seminars, life skills for mentally challenged children, and the Teach Children to Save program to educate the youth in the community. Special programs were also held with community organizations such as the Area Agency on Aging and AARP.
Special attention is paid to the needs of seniors in the community. So much so that the bank has an 84 year old senior service coordinator who has been employed by Somerset Trust for over 60 years. The bank’s educational community outreach programs have reached over 1200 community members during the first half of the year, and there are plans to conduct many more seminars during the remainder of 2015.
Grow Your Community Award Winners
Allegheny Valley Bank
Hunger affects 1 in 7 Pennsylvanian’s. What better way to give back to the community than by supporting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB)? Allegheny Valley Bank hosted food drives in their branch offices, set up collection areas and encouraged customers to make financial and food donations. Bank employees served as volunteers to load over 23,000 pounds of food and helped GPCFB surpass their collection goal. Lisa Scales, president and CEO of the GPCFB stated, “Allegheny Valley Bank and its customers have become invaluable partners in our efforts to provide food to as many of our neighbors as possible. Their enthusiasm and commitment to our mission has been outstanding.”
Ambler Savings Bank
Ambler Savings bank donated $15,000 to Montgomery County Community College to create the Jump Start to College Success program. This program offers an opportunity for high school students to take 2 courses at MCCC during the summer. Upon completion of the two courses, the students earn 5 college credits. Ambler Savings Bank’s donation will allow MCCC to enroll 15 students with a financial need for the first summer of the Jump Start program.
CSBank, the only financial institution headquartered and with offices within the city limits of Coatesville, has been a part of the community for 96 years. The bank’s CEO, Fred Henrich, served with a group of local business leaders and city officials to organize and support a series of activities throughout Coatesville’s centennial year. The bank made a commitment to serve as the presenting sponsor for the year’s activities. The celebrations have been a time to be nostalgic about the past, and a platform to show the vision of a new Coatesville for the future.
Harleysville Savings Bank
In celebration of their 100 years in business, Harleysville Savings Bank didn’t want to just celebrate the past, but wanted to prepare for the next 100 years. In addition to their standard community outreach, the bank wanted to do something special, something that would reflect who they are…100 Random Acts of Kindness. The bank team was encourages to do things like check-in on a customer going through a difficult time, send an anonymous gift card to a family in need, or give some cash to someone in need for a hot meal on a cold day. The bank provided each team member $100 to use in their Acts. The program was a huge success and very positive for employee morale.
Indiana First Bank
Each year, Indiana First Bank hosts Community Shred Days in each of the communities they serve. This program started in 2014 as part of Community Banking Month. Shred Days were coordinated to encourage people to make identity protection part of their regular routine. Hundreds of customers and non-customers expressed their gratitude for having a safe place to discard personal documents. Each member of the community may take up to five boxes/bags of documents to be shredded at the mobile shredding truck.
JBT continues to encourage all employees to support local communities by volunteering their time and expertise. In 2015, this resulted in roughly 126 employees contributing over 2,400 service hours. Organizations that benefit from this include local volunteer fire companies, youth sports, food banks, service clubs, educational foundations, as well as a variety of well know causes. JBT also has a CRA match program, designed to match employee contributions to CRA qualified organizations.
During their 90th anniversary, MCS employees were asked to embark on projects that would positively impact the community. Each office was provided a budget to utilize through the year and the results were amazing. Employees exceeded all expectations. Some of the projects supported by MCS were MCS Bank’s Kid’s Day, South End Playground, Cookies for Veterans, Central Pennsylvania Clinic, Big Valley Meals on Wheels, Breast Cancer Awareness, Children’s Gifts for Fire Victims, Teen Club, and many more.
In honor of their 50th Anniversary, PeoplesBank provided 13 random individuals with $150 and the opportunity to pay it forward to a person or organization of their choice. Over the course of eight months, the bank surprised people while they were working, on their lunch break, or enjoying a weekend out on the town. The conversations started with simple questions, “If you had $150 cash to pay forward, how would you make a difference?” Every person received the $150 and had a different way to make positive impact with the money. The bank then captured each person’s experience on camera and posted it on YouTube.
Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust
Each year, Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust’s five branch officers create their own community service project as part of Community Banking Month. During April, the branches collected donations, books, food and household items for a women’s shelter. The bank also created displays in their offices to encourage customer support, and the response was overwhelming. At the end of April the staff delivered its funds and goods to Phoenixville Area Children’s Learning Center, Autism Awareness, The House, Perkiomen Valley Food Pantry, and Project Outreach.
Prudential Savings Bank
Prudential Savings Bank participated as a sponsor to Newbold Community Development Corporation to provide cleaning to West Passyunk/Snyder avenues. This section of South Philadelphia has not enjoyed the rebirth that others have. The corridor contains a mix of businesses–many closed, an elementary school and residences. The company used for the cleaning project employs mentally challenged individuals who may not be able to find work elsewhere.Their friendly interaction with the community during the project was extremely positive and uplifting. The residents were grateful for the remarkable improvement to their small community.
The First National Bank of Mifflintown
The First National Bank of Mifflintown held it Fifth Annual Community Golf Tournament raising over $8,500 that was donated to eight local charities. Since the first tournament in 2010, the bank has raised over $34,000 for charities in Juniata, Perry and Mifflin Counties. Some of the organizations that benefited are Meals on Wheels, Perry County Family Center, Perry Human Services, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Juniata County Food Pantry, and more.
The Neffs National Bank
During the month of April, The Neffs National Bank was able to give back to the community through Community Banking Month. Some of the events included a visit from the Easter bunny, 4100lbs of documents/papers shredded, Busy Bee Quilters, and Grundsau Lodsch. The bank supported American Legion and Upper Lehigh Lions Club, and also held a Customer Appreciation Day. The day sported free refreshments, a blood drive, entertainment, and contests and prizes throughout the day.
West View Savings Bank
This year, West View Savings Bank participated in the local 2015 Annual Senior Expo. The expo offers valuable information to senior citizens, including services that are available regarding healthcare, nutrition assistance, recreation, veteran services, and state and federal programs. The bank also provides specific education and information regarding fraud alerts, identity theft, phishing scams, internet schemes and fraud tips for seniors to use protect themselves. The entire expo is free to the public.
William Penn Bank
In William Penn Bank’s community service & outreach over the past year, 43% of the bank employees participated in the volunteer program, “Doing Goodwill with Bill”. Here are just some of the examples of their work: advocated for homeless and those in need, Family Service Association, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, financial literacy outreach programs, High School mentoring, the March of Dimes March for Healthy Babies, and more.
Woodlands Bank conducts food drives several times a year to benefit local charitable organizations. The organizations benefited were: The Salvation Army, Central PA Food Bank, Family Promise, and the SPCA. Hundreds of items were collected and all of the employees and branches were involved. All 109 employees are deeply rooted in their communities and give generously to these projects.