Community Bank Celebrates Good Neighbor Day
OLEAN — For the second consecutive year, Community Bank N.A. celebrated National Good Neighbor Day the week of Sept. 22 by going out into the community.
Branches across the bank’s four-state footprint marked the day with neighborly activities and by donating to community causes and organizations. In total, Community Bank donated $57,250 to local nonprofits throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts. Locally, New York state branches contributed $41,750 to local nonprofits of its choice, including Kiwanis of Westfield, Randolph Lions Club, Rebuilding Together, United Way of Southern Chautauqua, Camp Gross and Genesis House of Olean.
More than 109 branches joined the celebration to spread neighborly spirit with activities such as hosting food drives, lawn work for elderly neighbors or volunteering at a local food pantry. Fourteen branches in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties got out in their community to participate, including Ripley cleaned up litter around the grounds of Ripley Central Schools and the town of Ripley; Westfield assisted a customer in need with yard work, such as mowing the lawn, weed whacking, trimming hedges and pulling weeds; Cassadaga hosted a food drive to benefit Cassadaga Food Pantry; Dunkirk central helped Meals on Wheels deliver meals to local residents in need to ensure they received hot and nutritious food; Dunkirk Vineyard Drive hosted a food drive to benefit Chautauqua County Rural Ministries in Dunkirk; Falconer hosted a food drive to benefit Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s food pantry; Franklinville collected non-perishable food items for Catholic Charities’ food pantry; Portville east state hosted a bake sale to benefit Directions in Independent Living, which serves all individuals with disabilities and their families; Jamestown North Main Street and Brooklyn Square participated in Ax Men Professional Firefighters’ Fill the Bus campaign to collect school supplies for local students in need; Randolph held a food collection for 5&2 Ministry’s Backpack Program, which helps fight childhood hunger; Allegany invited Bona Responds to make a display in its lobby to educate and inform the public about its organization; Olean North Union Street will continue to help staff the Warming House during the end of each semester, when student volunteers are away on school break; Salamanca hosted an employee bake sale to benefit Pay it Forward, which provides holiday gifts to local low-income families; and Sherman participated in a fall clean up around town to help elderly village residents with their lawn care.
“Community is something we take very seriously,” Eric Garvin, Community Bank regional retail banking manager vice president. “National Good Neighbor Day is an opportunity for us to showcase the love we have for our communities and neighbors — all while having fun. We’re truly honored to be a part of this community and are grateful for the chance to give back.”
National Good Neighbor Day was created in 1971 by Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Mont., and proclaimed a national day by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 to raise public awareness that good neighbors help achieve human understanding and build strong, thriving communities. It is celebrated annually on Sept. 28 as a day of gratitude and community building. In 2018, more than 90 Community Bank branches participated.
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