Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank N.A. recently donated $15,000 to The DREAM Program to sponsor its “Coast 2 Camp” fundraising initiative. This is the eighth consecutive year Community Bank has supported DREAM, with donations over the years totaling more than $90,000.
Camp DREAM is a free residential summer camp for children in DREAM, a nonprofit organization that pairs college students with children living in low-income housing neighborhoods throughout Vermont for mentoring and adventure programming. Camp DREAM also serves youth from Boston and Philadelphia.
Funds donated by Community Bank were used to incentivize fundraising participation, raising a total of $93,000. Each fundraising team made contributions for a variety of impact initiatives in support of DREAM’s mission to close the opportunity gap for youth in low-income housing. Impact initiatives included:
- Offering daily, high-quality enrichment programming over the summer
- Matching caring college student mentors with DREAM youth
- Increasing adventure trips and removing transportation barriers to DREAM’s mentoring and enrichment programming by acquiring a 15-passenger van
- Launching High School DREAM, which will welcome new mentors and mentees to the organization and run a first-of-its-kind DREAM semester course
- Creating a new waterfront program area at Camp DREAM with kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and more
“Not only does the Community Bank team continue to invest financially in our programs and youth, but they also show up, in person, to help us build and maintain our facilities,” DREAM Chief Empowerment Officer Mike Foote said. “Their consistent support is helping us continue programming from a distance this summer, including a virtual summer camp and other enrichment programming.”
Photo: (Left to right) Community Bank Branch Manager Barry Fauteux, Community Bank Commercial Banking Officer David Blow, Community Bank Senior Vice President Chief Trust Investment Officer Charlie Perrillo, The DREAM Program Chief Empowerment Officer Mike Foote, Community Bank Senior District Manager Erika Baldasaro and Community Bank Regional Manager Anita Bourgeois. Courtesy photo.
Community Bank N.A. is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.
About Community Bank System Inc.
Community Bank System Inc. operates more than 215 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank N.A., and has been serving its communities for more than 150 years. With over $13 billion in assets, the DeWitt, New York-headquartered company is among the country’s 125 largest financial institutions. Community Bank N.A. has consistently been ranked among the top 12 best banks in America by Forbes Magazine since the list was first published in 2009, and was most recently ranked seventh in 2021. In addition to a full range of retail and business banking services, the Company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services through its subsidiaries/business units that include: OneGroup NY Inc., which provides risk management and commercial insurance, employee benefits and personal lines insurance; Community Bank Wealth Management, which provides investment advisory, personal trust and financial planning services, as well as personal, business and nonprofit portfolio design; andBenefit Plans Administrative Services Inc., which provides actuarial, retirement and VEBA/HRA plan administration, and collective investment fund, employee benefit trust and transfer agency services on a national scale.
Community Bank System Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company’s stock trades under the symbol “CBU.” For more information about Community Bank, visit cbna.com or ir.communitybanksystem.com.