FCB in the Community
East Lehigh Acres High School Participates in Financial Literacy Program "BANK ON IT "
FCB realizes the importance of sharing our associates' financial knowledge and experience with students within our communities in all grades and at various academic levels. Most recently, the Lehigh Banking Center was invited to participate in a "Bank On It" Program in East Lehigh High School. Barbara Morejon, RS II and Eleanor Gonzalez, Treasury Support Specialist partnered with CRA Analyst, Marie Chung to create customized FDIC Money Smart educational materials including: general information on checking and savings accounts, how to budget and establish credit. This special academic program is designed for students with GPA of 2.0 or below. The Program's goal is that all students obtain their high school diplomas and once graduated, they are more prepared for the workforce with these very necessary skills to succeed in the future.
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
Scott Evans, VP, Commercial Banker (Ft. Myers), recently had the honor of presenting the Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity with a CRA Investment/Operating Grant to assist with their administration expenses. This is the fourth year we have been able to provide the Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity with this grant.
Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County
Nancy Williams, Relationship Specialist I (West Palm Beach) and Karin Jones, Relationship Specialist II (Delray Beach) were recently awarded the 2016 Family Services Volunteer of the Year. "Nancy and Karin were both recognized for their hard work and dedication and are irreplaceable members of the Family Selection Committee. Their work with Habitat has positively impacted dozens of families across Palm Beach County," said Tara Okler, Director of Family Services, and Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. Congratulations, Nancy and Karin!
Habitat for Humanity Affiliates... 12 and Building
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of substandard housing by building decent, safe, and affordable homes for low-income, hardworking families who cannot qualify for a conventional mortgage. Their mission cannot be fulfilled without the support of volunteers! At FCB, we understand and value each of our 12 affiliate partnerships including Habitat for Humanity of Florida. FCB supports Habitat for Humanity by; providing CRA Investments for operating support, offering marketing sponsorships of fundraising events, providing volunteers to serve as Board Members, serving on Home Selection Committees, volunteering as mentors, participating in home building, donating vacant lots, and most importantly, purchasing over $20 million of individual loans to provide Habitat with additional capital to continue building new homes. FCB is proud to support Habitat for Humanity.
FCB Supports MADD
For the second year in a row, FCB sponsored the La Croix Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash held in Fort Lauderdale on April 24th. Over 961 people participated in the walk, which raised more than $226,000 to help end drunk driving. FCB LOBs that participated included Raymond James Financial, Commercial, Project Management, IT Department, CRA, and Retail. The team would like to extend a BIG thank you to Kathi Zanella and Sandy Santilli for supporting this sponsorship! The sponsorship brought great exposure to the local Ft. Lauderdale market, helping to make FCB a brand name. Thank you to all the team members that participated in this very worthy cause. As always, please remember...do not drink and drive!
FCB Supports YMCA
Holly Hersey, Branch Manager of the Tampa Village Banking Center, was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Bob Sierra YMCA in Carrollwood. The YMCA is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With the focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation's health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y enables youth, adults and families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Congratulations, Holly!
2nd Annual FCB Blue Day a Success!
Thank you to everyone that participated in our 2nd Annual FCB Blue Day on Friday, April 22nd! Together, we raised money for our Change for Change account and brought awareness to preventing child abuse. Lunch potlucks were held, blues music was played throughout the day, and everyone wore blue to show that we're united in this extremely important cause! Don't forget our Teddy Bear Drive runs until the end of the month so please make a donation and encourage customers, friends, and family to also support our fundraiser!
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
During the month of April, FCB will honor Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please encourage your customers to participate in the following activities.
Teddy Bear Drives - all month
All FCB locations are accepting donations of new stuffed animals. The stuffed animals collected will be donated to local first responders and given to children to provide comfort during traumatic situations. In many cases, when police respond to child protective services calls, they bring a stuffed animal with them to help calm the child. This is a simple way we can help children during a difficult moment in their lives. Please help support our Teddy Bear Drive! The box for collections should be in all banking center lobbies.
Blue Ribbon Donations - all month
Customers and employees can make a personal monetary contribution to our "Change for Change" fund (DDA 1631849800). The monies collected will be distributed to local charities that support children in foster care. "On any given day, almost 8,000 abused, neglected, and abandoned children live in a foster family home in Florida." - Children's Network of Southwest Florida.
Blue Pinwheels - all month
Blue Pinwheels will be on display daily outside of all banking centers. The pinwheel is the widely adopted symbol for Child Abuse Prevention Month and represents happiness, health, and hope - three things FCB wishes for today's youth. Banking Centers - due to limited supply, please bring the pinwheels inside every evening and during bad weather.
Helping Homeless Men, Women, and Children at Broward Outreach
For more than five years, FCB's BSA Specialist Angie Seals-Tanner in Weston, has volunteered at Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Center's Summer Outreach Day reaching out to Broward's homeless and needy. Serving over 2,500 men, women, and children, many people will make the decision to get off the streets through encouragement to enter one of the agency's life-changing programs by showing those in need that they are not forgotten. There was music, special entertainment, haircuts for the men, special HOPE totes with personal hygiene products, clothing giveaways for men and women, activities for the boys and girls and a delicious meal served by great volunteers.
Hitting a High Note for Homeless Teens and Foster Youth of Covenant House
A-list performers and Covenant House Teens Unite for a Night of Broadway Hits
FCB was honored as a CRA program partner to attend Covenant House Florida's Night of Broadway in Fort Lauderdale to help celebrate 30 years of helping homeless youth and young adults at the nonprofit's signature fund raising event: "Night of Broadway Stars." The one-of-a-kind musical experience took place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. From the stage of the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater, A-list performers belted out numbers from classics as Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Les Misérables, and more. The performers also worked with Covenant House Florida residents and performed several songs alongside them. "This event is so special because it features Broadway performers who clearly have a heart for the challenges faced by our homeless young people," said James M. Gress, Covenant House Florida Executive Director. "The results were powerful and a clear demonstration of how the show profoundly impacted the kids as well as the stars.
Community Partners Unite to Provide Affordable Accessible Housing for Disabled Individuals
As a part of her community service, FCB's CRA Affordable Housing Specialist, Taylor McLaughlin serves on the Board of Affordable Homeownership Foundation in Fort Myers, FL. FCB recently participated in the ground breaking renovation project of a duplex that will provide accessible affordable rental housing to four disabled residents which will allow them the opportunity to live independently in their own apartments.
FCB is proud of our partnership as we support AHF with CRA lending, service and investments opportunities as well as maintain the agency's banking relationship.
FCB Employees Support "Prevent Child Abuse Month"
The “Year of the Child”
Florida Community Bank and its Associates are committed to supporting local children that are currently in foster care. We will focus on providing support to an assortment of charities throughout the state that are also committed to this mission. FCB support will be provided in an assortment of ways including mentorship, volunteer efforts, event sponsorship, and monetary contribution.
Blue Jean Friday - In April, FCB launched Blue Jean Day where every Friday, employees make personal monetary donations to our Change for Change fund in order to wear jeans. After much success, the Blue Jean Friday was continued into the summer months. The funds collected will be distributed to local charities throughout the year that support organization committed to supporting children in foster care.
Back Pack Drive – In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) and National Foster Care Month (May) FCB held backpack drives at all banking centers to collect new back packs to distribute to local children in foster care. Included in some of the back packs were “Affirmation Cards” where employees wrote personal messages to the children encouraging them to stay strong, positive, and to always believe in themselves.
FCB Blue Day - On April 22, FCB held their first FCB Blue Day where all employees wore blue in support of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. Members of local charities visited various locations to give speeches about preventing child abuse, and handed out treats and goodies to customers. It was a profound day that brought awareness to a very important cause. Florida Community Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, Kent S. Ellert stated, “Florida Community Bank hopes our first FCB Blue Day and our back pack drive will serve to spur everyone to be more aware of preventing child abuse and bring awareness and support to the local foster care system. We welcome the opportunity to support so many local charities that are also committed to bringing awareness to this cause. FCB takes pride in being in a position to make a show of support in so many corners of our state.”
Year of the Child President’s Oath – In order to officially kick off FCB’s company philanthropy, Kent signed into effect a “President’s Oath” that declared that FCB was committed to the “Year of the Child”.
Volunteer Oath/Pinwheel Pledge - The FCB Volunteer Oath and Pinwheel pens were sent to all employees to sign a pledge to committing support to FCB’s "Year of the Child" philanthropy and help change the life of a child. The pinwheel is the widely adopted symbol that helps raise awareness about healthy child development. The pinwheel represents happiness, health and hope.
FCB Supports Girls on the Run
The Naples-area Girls on the Run Event, a continuation of our Year of the Child, was held on April 25, 2015. FCB team members attended the "I don't sweat, I sparkle" 5k Glitter Run benefitting the Girls on the Run/Glitter Foundation.
Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, teaching life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities are developed and reinforced throughout the program. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. This results in making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaches girls that they can do anything they wish to accomplish.
Kathleen Karpovich, FCB Retail Sales Director, is the co-founder of this event in Naples along with her friends at the Glitter Foundation. "This is our second year with over 300 runners, five middle schools participating, and over $4,000 in scholarship opportunities for the women of tomorrow, " said Kathleen Karpovich.
Delray Beach Supports Milagro's Kids in Art, Music and Dance
Recognizing the talent of Milagro's kids, FCB sponsored the 2015 SuperSTAR Spectacular! Showcasing their talents, the children and teens from Kindergarten through 12th grade performed music, freestyle dance and vocal performances. Guests enjoyed a trip down memory lane as they boogied to music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Funds raised support Milagro Center's innovative cultural arts and education programs which have a direct and positive impact on the local South Palm Beach community.
Supporting Dreams of Homeownership for First Time Homebuyers
The CRA Team partners with numerous community nonprofit organizations and local city/county offices throughout FCB's markets by facilitating first time homebuyer educational programs. During the past year, over 1,000 future homebuyers have attended workshops, homebuyer club meetings and housing fairs as they build upon their dream of owning a home. Offering this first time homebuyer education is very important to the success of FCB's future homeowners. Topics include shopping for a home, the importance of a budget, and maintaining your home once purchased. For many of our low to moderate income borrowers, financial grants are available to support down payment and closing costs including special programs for workforce housing (law enforcement officers, educators, health care workers, firefighters, etc.) and Veterans.
Supporting "Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program" for Teen Girls
FCB's CRA Program supports a very worthy cause.
With over 500 young women in attendance from the South Florida tri-county area, Women of Tomorrow hosted their annual Graduation luncheon for senior high students of their program and their mentors. They also announced the 2015 College Scholarships Awards during this event. The Graduation Luncheon Event was a beautiful reminder of why FCB supports the community. Since inception, Women of Tomorrow graduates have made a $40 million impact on the economy, which is astounding. More importantly, what donors are doing to individual lives is outstanding. Because of community donors like FCB, females are being taught that they are important, that they matter, and that they are not forgotten. FCB is proud to support our future generations!
Career Day Celebration
As part of her commitment to giving back to the community, Jacqueline Cantero, BSA Specialist (Weston), had the honor of being invited to her daughter Grace's school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School (Miami), to present at their annual Career Day. Jacqueline had fun presenting the highlights of her career and sharing her job responsibilities at FCB. Following her presentation, she had the opportunity to teach "FDIC MoneySmarts for Kids" with over 50 excited youngsters. After the presentation, Jacqueline gifted the students with banking coloring books and an FCB "piggy bank"! Jackie and the BSA Team were honored to have the opportunity to stress the importance of savings and the great opportunities that a banking career provides with our future generations!
Winter Park Teammates Support Local Foster Care Organization
On FCB Blue Day on April 22, 2015, representatives from the Community Based Care of Central Florida visited the Winter Park banking center and administration offices to talk about their organization and how the community can get involved in helping local children in foster care. During the presentation, they invited FCB teammates to become more involved with their organization. On June 18th, a team of employees from Winter Park, attended the "Open Your Heart" Breakfast at the Country Club Orlando benefiting the Community Based Care of Central Florida. The breakfast meeting helped spread the word about this great organization that helps so many children in the Central Florida area. FCB sponsored a table, and funds raised from this event will support programs that are not funded through the government. FCB was proud to support this important cause!
FCB Supports Women's Issues in SWFL at the SMART Party 2.0!
As the premier sponsor, FCB was excited to host The Women's Foundation of Southwest Florida's SMART Party 2.0, held Thursday, June 18 2015 at Richlin International at Miramar Design Center in Estero/Ft Myers, FL. As a second year event, the event raised over $50,000 and continues to grow as this interactive, tech-driven event raised awareness and funds to address the issues of women and girls throughout Southwest Florida. As shared by Nancy Merolla, FCB's CRA Officer and Women's Foundation's Board Chair, "Since its inception, the agency has successfully funded and published the Status of Women in Southwest Florida. They have established the SWFL Regional Center on Human Trafficking - hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University, and serves as a Kiva Zip Loan Trustee. The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida is the only organization "competing" for federal funds to offer LMI women savings account opportunities for education sponsored by FCB and the United Way of Collier County".
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