Going the Extra Distance

Three ICBA members exemplify the creativity and giving spirit of community banks nationwide

Volunteer community service is the hallmark of community banking. Along with superior customer service, special local lending expertise and common-sense practices, actively making their communities better places to live and work is what distinguishes community banks from all other financial services providers.

For the past 12 years, ICBA has sponsored the National Community Bank Service Awards to promote how community banks nationwide provide outstanding and innovative volunteer community service. Nearly 100 community banks submitted National Community Service Award nominations this year, with each community bank pursuing its own special programs to improve the lives of those living and working in the communities it serves. A panel of community bankers and industry communications experts evaluated this year’s nominations based on program creativity or uniqueness, positive community impact, involvement of bank employees and average time donated by bank employees.

This year, the ICBA National Community Bank Service Award program recognized three community banks—a Grand National Award recipient, which received $1,000 toward furthering its community service efforts, and two National Award recipients, each of which received $500 toward their community service efforts. One Indiana community bank successfully organized a disaster relief program to respond to the urgent needs of many of its residents in the aftermath of a devastating tornado. Another community bank in Missouri stood out for its overall prolific civic service activities and accomplishments. And the third community bank in Iowa has led a huge community development initiative that has positively touched many lives for many years.

“This year’s award recipients have shown exceptional creativity and commitment to making their communities better places to live and work,” says ICBA Chairman Bill Loving, president and CEO of Pendleton Community Bank in Franklin, W.Va. “The outstanding volunteer efforts and civic generosity of each National Community Bank Service Award recipient are examples of, and a heartening testament to, the wide variety of public service contributions that community banks make every day throughout the nation.”

ICBA congratulates this year’s National Community Bank Service Award recipients, and all of the nation’s community banks, for all of the extraordinary volunteer service work they do.

Continue to read “Rapid Response” to find out how The New Washington State Bank mobilized to get help and funding flowing quickly to Indiana residents and communities after a destructive tornado. Or, skip to “A Culture of Giving” to learn about OakStar Bank’s commitment to community service. Read “Strokes of Generosity” to learn about Two Rivers Bank and Trust’s organization of an annual Paint-a-Thon.