HELP FOR HUNGRY — Both Rome branches of Community Bank N.A. came together in support of the Rome Rescue Mission, donating $500 to the local agency that helps feed and assist those in need in the Rome community. At the check presentation ceremony were, from left: Katy Sherwood, bank teller; Matt Miller, executive director of the Rome Rescue Mission; and Laura Burke, senior bank teller. (Photo submitted)

Community Bank branches aid local organizations

Published Oct 9, 2018 at 4:00pm

Community Bank N.A. branches across New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts celebrated National Good Neighbor Day this year on September. 28 by engaging in neighborly activities and donating to community causes. In total, Community Bank N.A. donated $55,250 to local nonprofits throughout its four-state footprint, with 31 branches across North Country contributing $7,750 to local nonprofits of their choice.

From raking leaves and washing windows to hosting bake sales and food drives, more than 90 branches joined the celebration to spread neighborly spirit.

Locally, four branches in
Oneida County participated in National Good Neighbor Day events:

Boonville hosted a winter hat and mitten drive for children in kindergarten through Grade 12. The collected donations will be distributed to local children in the Adirondack Central School District.

Both Rome branches held a food drive to benefit Rome Rescue Mission.

Camden collected nonperishable food items for Cluster 13, its local food pantry and clothing connection.

“As a community bank, being a good neighbor and an active participant in our community is part of our core values,” Community Bank N.A. Boonville VP, Branch Manager Cynthia Shanks said. “We’re not just your local teller or branch manager — we live here in Oneida County and we’re invested in our region’s future. National Good Neighbor Day was a chance to thank and highlight our neighbors who do so much for our community.”

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.