Leading community bank lives out mission-based brand; 300+ team members volunteer at 12 nonprofits, contribute $150,000 in financial support
Penn Community Bank, the largest mutual bank in eastern Pennsylvania, hosted its second-annual Day of Service on Wednesday, May 24. The organization-wide event partnered bank team members with 12 nonprofit organizations from Philadelphia to the Lehigh Valley to donate more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service and $150,000 in charitable contributions.
“As the region’s leading community bank, truly being a part of the community is at the heart of who we are. Day of Service is another way for us to express our core values and mission-based brand,” said Jeane M. Vidoni, president and CEO of Penn Community Bank. “I’m so proud of the 300-plus team members who volunteered at over a dozen sites to make a true impact, and grateful for the ability to contribute $150,000 to partner organizations to help them carry out their important missions.”
“Day of Service is another example of Penn Community Bank’s strong institutional culture and belief in the role of corporate partners in developing stronger, more connected communities – whether though financial services, monetary support or hands-on involvement,” said Bernard Tynes, chief marketing and impact officer of Penn Community Bank. Day of Service 2023 nonprofit partners included:
- Philabundance – Philadelphia: As the region’s largest food bank, Philabundance feeds more than 135,000 hungry individuals across its nine-county service area in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey every week. In support of this mission, Penn Community Bank team members helped pack meals and manage donations at the Philadelphia facility.
- Burholme EMS – Philadelphia: With 90 years of service to the Philadelphia community, Burholme EMS is a self-supportive professionally managed and operated EMS agency – offering everything from advanced life support (ALS) emergency ambulance care to emergency ambulance transports. Penn Community Bank team members assisted in repainting the ambulance apparatus area, cleaning and painting classroom areas and assisting in important facility upgrades.
- Garden of Health – Hatfield: Garden of Health distributes fresh produce and food free of the top eight allergens to food pantries, low-income senior housing and community groups in Montgomery and Bucks counties – including food grown on its Hatfield garden property. Penn Community Bank team members assisted in the expansion of a new garden area, which will be used to produce more fresh produce for neighbors in need.
- Manna on Main St. – Lansdale: Manna on Main Street is committed to ending hunger in the North Penn region by providing food, fulfilling social service and education needs, and conducting community outreach. Volunteering at its North Penn Commons location – spaced shared with Advanced Living Communities, North Penn YMCA and PEAK Senior Center – Penn Community Bank team members prepared meals and stocked the organization’s self-shopping food pantry.
- Second Alarmer’s – Willow Grove: Since its founding in 1938, Second Alarmer’s Association and Rescue Squad of Montgomery County (SARS) has become one of the largest not-for-profit Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers in the region, responding to more than 12,000 emergency incidents each year. In support of the organization’s career and volunteer members, Penn Community Bank team members helped clean the apparatus area and other areas of the facility.
- Salute 2 Service – Perkasie: Salute 2 Service is dedicated to providing outreach programs to veterans and their families in need, including providing emergency assistance, career guidance and counseling, food support and more. Working from the bank’s Perkasie Administrative Building, team members – including the Penn Community Bank Veterans Employee Resource Group (ERG) – helped sort and pack donations for veteran care packages.
- United Way of Bucks County – Bristol: In support of the United Way’s mission of service, the HELP (Healthy Eating and Living Partnership) Center fills the gap for local families in need by providing essentials like cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and home goods – completely free of charge – through a dignified personal shopping experience. Penn Community Bank team members sorted donations and helped prepare items for distribution.
- Bucks County Opportunity Council – Warminster: As the lead anti-poverty nonprofit organization in Bucks County, the Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) works to reduce poverty and partner with our community to promote self-sufficiency. Working out of the organization’s new Serving Bucks Together (SBT) Center, Penn Community Bank team members packaged summer supply kits for those experiencing homelessness locally.
- Family Service Association of Bucks County – Levittown: Among other important programs, Family Services Association of Bucks County operates the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter – a temporary residence for individuals and families who have lost safe and stable housing. In support of the 24/365 facility, Penn Community Bank team members rehabilitated a children’s play area and helped with food pantry meal service.
- Bucks Co. SPCA – Quakertown: With two locations in Bucks Co., the SPCA exists to assist animals in need. At its Quakertown location, Penn Community Bank team members assisted in facility beautification and landscaping.
- Birdtown Pennsylvania – Doylestown: Bird Town Pennsylvania works in partnership with local municipalities and like-minded organizations to promote community-based conservation actions to create a healthier, more sustainable environment for birds, wildlife and people. Working at two different locations in the Doylestown-area, Penn Community Bank team members removed invasive plant species and replaced with native plants to support wild birds and pollinating insects.
- Second Harvest Food Pantry – Nazareth: Second Harvest’s mission is to obtain food and distribute it to people in need through area non-profits, and to provide resources for education and advocacy to end hunger. In support, Penn Community Bank team members helped pack boxes for the organization’s PA Senior Food Box program – a program that provides monthly food boxes to low-income seniors.