Celebrating National Volunteer Week

This is Community Banking

ACNB National Volunteer Week

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

It’s National Volunteer Week and Community Banking Month. As a community bank, we believe in giving back and volunteering in our shared community. Here are some ways we lend a helping hand.

A Heart for Giving and Volunteer Service

In 2020:

  • 95 staff members contributed 5,200+ volunteer hours to 114 community organizations. 
  • 37 staff members served in volunteer leadership roles with the boards of 52 community organizations.
  • 191 staff members supported our local United Ways by contributing more than $24,000 through the 2020/2021 Employee Giving Campaign.
  • ACNB Bank financially supported 230 community organizations through donations, sponsorships and program book advertising.
  • ACNB Bank launched a special initiative---ACNB Helping Hands---during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing nearly 6,000 meals prepared by 16 restaurant and catering businesses that are customers which were then distributed to people in need through 16 local community organizations. Staff members and Directors personally contributed $13,250 to this effort, which supplemented the Bank’s commitment of $40,000 to assist those in need within our local communities.

Meet some of our team and see what volunteerism means to them.

Eric Alleman volunteering with LFC

Eric L. Alleman

Vice President/Regional Sales Manager
Celebrating 4 Years with ACNB Bank in 2021
Winner of the 2020 ACNB Bank Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2017 Leadership Franklin County Alumni of the Year Award

Community Organizations: Leadership Franklin County (LFC) and Relay For Life of Chambersburg

Volunteer Leadership: Member of the LFC Steering Committee and Alumni Committee and Chair/Co-Chair of Relay For Life of Chambersburg since 2011

“As a 2011 graduate of Leadership Franklin County (LFC), I attribute my passion for serving my local community to this program. The experience of serving on two LFC committees is invaluable in providing opportunities to meet and connect with other community leaders while giving me the chance to give back in a meaningful way. In addition to my role with Leadership Franklin County, I’ve also volunteered with Relay For Life since 2008, serving as a volunteer and the Chambersburg Chair or Co-Chair since 2011. During my time with Relay, over $400,000 has been raised in the fight against cancer.” - Eric Alleman

ACNB Bank Support: The Bank has sponsored events benefitting these organizations for the past four years and donated $1,000 to LFC in association with the Volunteer of the Year Award.


Karen Arthur volunteering

Karen B. Arthur

First Vice President/Trust Services Manager
Celebrating 20 Years with ACNB Bank in 2021

Community Organization: Adams County Library System

Volunteer Leadership: Member of the Board of Trustees since 2015, Secretary of the Board since 2017, Chair of the Membership and Nominating Committee and Member of the Executive Committee and Finance Committee

“I grew up in Gettysburg and remember visiting the former Library---which was an old jail---on High Street, now the Borough of Gettysburg offices. When asked to join the Board of the Adams County Library System many years later, I recall being very flattered. Serving in this way has been a tremendous opportunity for me to grow and learn so much more about the Library and all the wonderful services it provides to residents. I have also made many new friendships that will last a lifetime.” - Karen Arthur

Bank Support: The Bank has served as the presenting sponsor for the My First Card program since its inception in 2018 and supports a number of other library initiatives and events.


Holly Bonner volunteers with Habitat

Holly A. Bonner

Community Banking Specialist for the Newville Office
Celebrating 14 Years with ACNB Bank in 2021

Community Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Cumberland Valley

Volunteer Leadership: Member of the Board of Directors since 2020 and Member of the Family Selection Committee since 2018

“I have always been an advocate for Habitat for Humanity and appreciate the work they do. There is no better feeling than to be a homeowner--especially if you believe your dream is out of reach. Habitat makes that dream a reality by giving hard-working and deserving people an opportunity to have a better quality of life. Jim Showvaker, a former ACNB staff member and the current President of the Habitat for Humanity of Cumberland Valley Board, encouraged me to donate my time and skills as a committee member and then as a board member. It does my heart good to be able to help a family achieve their dreams.” – Holly Bonner

ACNB Bank Support: For many years, the Bank has provided a monetary donation to the organization, which supports the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program.


Cara Lynn Clabaugh volunteering

Cara Lynn Clabaugh

Vice President/Compliance & CRA Officer
Celebrating 12 Years with ACNB Bank in 2021

Community Organizations: St. Mark Lutheran Church, St. Mark Preschool, Hanover Area Council of Churches, and At Home Adams County Housing Coalition

Volunteer Leadership: Served in various volunteer leadership roles at St. Mark Lutheran Church since 2009. Currently serving as Financial Secretary, Finance Committee Member and lay person in charge. Board Member and Treasurer for St. Mark Preschool. Board Member for Hanover Area Council of Churches since 2013, Finance Committee Member since 2016, and prepares and serves PAL lunch at leas quarterly. Member of the At Home Adams County Housing Coalition since its inception in 2019.

“I find it very rewarding and meaningful to share my financial knowledge and sincere desire to help others by volunteering with a number of community organizations including my church. Many of these commitments have opened my eyes to the struggles that individuals in my local area face in reference to food insecurity, shelter and work or lack thereof. Over the years, I have met many members of the community and developed new friendships as a result of donating my time and skills as a volunteer.” - Cara Lynn Clabaugh

ACNB Bank Support: The Bank has provided an annual contribution to the Hanover Area Council of Churches for many years, which supports the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program.


Sheila Fleisher volunteering with United WaySheila Fleischer

Assistant Vice President/Community Banking Manager for the New Oxford Office
Celebrating 4 Years with ACNB Bank in 2021

Community Organization: United Way of Adams County

Volunteer Leadership: Member of the Board of Directors since January 2021, Finance Committee Member, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteer

“I didn’t hesitate when my supervisor asked if I would be interested in serving on the Board of United Way of Adams County. I was actively involved with United Way of Capital Region for many years in the Day of Caring, VITA program and serving on their Workforce Development Advisory Board. Now that I live and work in Adams County, I am excited to donate my time and expertise to do what I can to support my local community. I hope my involvement as a volunteer leader will help further United Way’s mission and great work.” - Sheila Fleischer

ACNB Bank Support: The Bank provides an annual donation to United Way of Adams County and collaborates with the organization on the Back to School Supply Drive, Bag the Bounty Food Drive, Toy Collection for Holiday Family Outreach, and the annual Employee Giving Campaign. The annual contribution and other activities all support the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program.


Thomas Holmes volunteering

Thomas A. Holmes

Vice President/Trust Investment Officer
Celebrating 5 Years with ACNB Bank in 2021
Winner of the 2019 ACNB Bank Volunteer of the Year Award

Community Organizations: Jacksonville Lions Club, Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival, and Trinity United Methodist Church

Volunteer Leadership: Board Member for the Jacksonville Lions Club, Official for the Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival and Chair of the Church Council for Trinity United Methodist Church

“Our family has been participating in the PA Bowhunters Festival for decades and we currently have about 50 family members -- from my parents in their late 80’s to newborns – in attendance each year. My brother, Mark Holmes, and I have served as Officials for the past eight years. We coordinate, promote and run a 3-D team tournament. We also spend many more hours over the three-day event helping to coordinate other activities and teach children how to safely shoot. I volunteer for a number of organizations and do so because I see and understand the need. I consider myself very blessed and fortunate. I am grateful and thankful and do not take it for granted. I truly enjoy making things better for others and it’s even better when I’m working with other people towards a common goal.” – Tom Holmes

ACNB Bank Support: In association with the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award, the Bank contributed $1,000 to the Jacksonville Lions Club with a portion allocated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation and Trinity United Methodist Church


Nathan Lightner volunteering
Nathan with Colonel Arthur J. Athens, USMCR (RET)

Nathan E. Lightner

Vice President/Senior Commercial Loan Officer
Celebrating 3 Years with ACNB Bank in 2021
Winner of the 2021 ACNB Bank Volunteer of the Year Award

Community Organizations: Four Chaplains Memorial of York County, New Birth of Freedom Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and Naval Academy Parents Club of Central PA

Volunteer Leadership: Treasurer of the Four Chaplains Prayer Breakfast, Co-Chair of the New Birth of Freedom BSA Sporting Clays Shoot, and President of the Naval Academy Parents Club

“I have always felt a strong connection to the Four Chaplains Prayer Breakfast because of the story of the Four Chaplains and their selfless sacrifice in giving their life preservers to sailors when the USS Dorchester was torpedoed in the North Atlantic by a German U-Boat. The breakfast fundraising event provides scholarships to graduates of William Penn in the York City School District. I consider it a privilege to serve with some of York’s leading citizens on this Board. Additionally, as an avid sporting clay shooter, I was asked to co-chair the New Birth of Freedom Council fundraising shoot in 2011. We quickly developed an event that is recognized throughout the region and annually generates over $50,000 for the local scouting community. My involvement with the Naval Academy Parents Club of Central PA directly relates to my son’s attendance at the Naval Academy. I serve as President of the organization but sadly must relinquish that role on July 1, 2021, as my son will graduate and commission from the Naval Academy on May 28. The next chapter of my life with the Naval Academy will be to go through Blue and Gold Officer training this summer. In this volunteer role, I will work with local schools, guidance counselors and prospective candidates for the Naval Academy to help identify the best and brightest for appointment to the Naval Academy. I was honored to be nominated since this role is typically reserved for graduates of the Naval Academy or those who served in the United States Navy, of which I have done neither.” – Nathan Lightner

ACNB Bank Support: The Bank has sponsored the Four Chaplains Prayer Breakfast and BSA Sporting Clays Shoot since 2018 and made an additional contribution to these two organizations in association with the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award.