Community Banking Month Spotlight: Provident Bank

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Today’s Member Spotlight focuses on Provident Bank from Iselin, New Jersey. In the following interview, Digital Media Coordinator Christine Hamilton explains what is unique about this local community bank.

What is unique about your community bank?
Provident Bank has been around for 176 years! We are the oldest bank in New Jersey and have an amazing history of strength, stability and commitment.

How does your community bank serve your local community?
Provident Bank is committed to supporting the communities it serves. The bank encourages all employees to partner with community and non-profit organizations for charitable activities and events throughout the year. In 2014, Provident made monetary donations to more than 400 community organizations and more than 500 employees donated their time to 32 different projects. The Provident Bank Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants and financial support to local nonprofits since it was founded in 2003.

What is the quirkiest, strangest or funniest thing you’ve seen at your community bank?
We participate in a variety of charitable events. We recently had 10 teams of five employees each at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Bowl for Kids Sake, and one of our employees dressed up as a bumblebee (a nod to our “beehive” logo)! Everyone was happy to see the bee there, and the kids loved having a mascot around.

What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on at your community bank?
My favorite project is actually something I am currently working on. We are in the process of redesigning our website, and I am an integral part of the design process and success of the project.

Do you celebrate Community Banking Month?
As we are relatively new members to ICBA, we look forward to celebrating Community Banking Month this year! We are also big supporters of the ICBA Go Local Initiative.

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Community Banking Month Spotlight: Hopewell Valley Community Bank

Today’s Member Spotlight focuses on Hopewell Valley Community Bank (HVCBank) in Pennington, N.J. In the following interview, Marianne Rosato-Romano explains what is unique about this local community bank.

What is unique about your community bank?
I feel truly blessed to be a part of a company whose leaders are highly professional, supportive and encouraging and one that values community and creativity while upholding the highest standards of business integrity.

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How does your community bank uniquely serve your local community?
Many of us sit on boards or are actively involved in the communities that we live in. One of the boards that I sit on is Winter Festival, which is designed to get people out having fun, stimulating the economy and raising money for local nonprofits. HVCBank has sponsored two events and allowed me to help organize the festival to support our local community. Another one of the ways we are uniquely serving our community is our bimonthly networking events, which feature local artists, musicians and business owners in our branches.

What is the quirkiest, strangest or funniest thing you’ve seen at your community bank?  Seeing bankers get unbanked at our holiday party photo booth.

What is your proudest moment from your time at your community bank?
My proudest moment was when we were shooting the video to tell HVCBank’s story. When our president and chairman were asked what they were most proud of, they both said it was the impact HVCBank has had in the community…on the businesses and individuals we have helped reach their dreamsKnowing the heart of our leadership makes me very proud to be a part of this financial organization.

What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on at your community bank?
My favorite project is one that I am currently working on the importance of supporting local. I’m doing that via social media, by writing articles for local publications, and by speaking to local radio stations and networking events.

How do you celebrate Community Banking Month?
We are doing customer appreciation day by serving lunch at all our branches. We are also promoting community banking tips on Facebook and Twitter throughout April.

Community Banking Award Winner!

NerdWallet announced the winner of its 2014 Community Banking Local Project Award winner at the end of April. The contest was created to celebrate outstanding examples of public or private financing by community banks that have enriched or revitalized their surrounding communities, according to NerdWallet’s site.

Three community banks were chosen as top finalists, including Citizens Bank of Edmond, Farmers and Merchants Bank of Ashland and The Provident Bank. The Provident Bank took home the top prize for its work with the “Storm Damage Assistance Loan Program,” which provided loans to residents who were impacted by Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

To view the entire press release announcing the winners, visit NerdWallet’s website, to view more information about the award and the three finalists, visit NerdWallet’s award page.

Congrats to all three of these outstanding community banks for having positive impacts on each of their local communities!