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National Good Neighbor Day Celebrated

For the third consecutive year, Community Bank N.A. celebrated National Good Neighbor Day recently.

Branches across the bank’s four-state footprint marked the day by donating a total of $60,000 to nonprofits in the community.

To mark Good Neighbor Day 2020, each branch chose an organization to donate to based on specific needs in their community. In the Jamestown region, Community Bank supported a variety of nonprofits including Clymer Area Historical Society, Rotary Club of Westfield, 5&2 Outreach Ministry Inc., Chautauqua Rails to Trails Inc, Ripley Food Pantry, Friendly Kitchen – Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, Chautauqua Striders, Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County and Silver Creek Food Pantry.

“Community is part of our name and is something we take very seriously,” said Mark Tryniski, Community Bank president and CEO. “National Good Neighbor Day has become an annual tradition that our employees look forward to each year – to celebrate the love we have for our friends and neighbors while giving back. We are honored to be part of this community and are pleased to support local nonprofits with a donation.”

In addition to Good Neighbor Day, Community Bank donated $45,000 to local nonprofits in April to aid them during the COVID-19 crisis. In May, the bank purchased $22,000 in gift cards from local restaurants and donated them to health care facilities throughout the bank’s four-state footprint in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts.

National Good Neighbor Day was created in 1971 by Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana, 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.

Community Bank operates more than 240 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts. Throughout its more than 150-year history, the bank has remained committed to a community-focused approach that puts customers first. In 2019, the bank’s annual charitable giving reached more than $2.6 million in sponsorships, donations and grants.

For more information on the bank, visit cbnanews.com.

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