Posted on Jan 22, 2020
ACNB Bank is committed to the communities in which we live, work and play. Below is a wrap-up of our community pride for the year 2020.
Reinforcing Our Commitment to Community
ACNB Bank launched ACNB Helping Hands in April of 2020 to reinforce the Bank’s ongoing commitment to community and demonstrate how much we care in a tangible way during the challenging times as the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacted local businesses and residents.
This program, initiated and coordinated by ACNB Bank, provided nearly 6,000 meals prepared by 16 restaurant and catering businesses that are Bank customers, which were then distributed over several months to people in need through 16 local community organizations across the Bank’s southcentral Pennsylvania and central Maryland footprint.
Staff members and board members affiliated with ACNB Bank personally contributed $13,250 to this effort. Combined with ACNB Bank’s commitment of $40,000 in funding, along with the restaurant and catering partners preparing the meals, we all came together under difficult and demanding circumstances for each other and for the benefit of those in need within our local communities.
Additionally, staff members reached out to local nursing home residents by making nearly 1,000 greeting cards and offering words of encouragement to residents that could not have visitors.
Throughout 2020, staff members embraced a variety of Helping Hands initiatives in our communities that are highlighted in this issue of Community Pride. Many of these activities also benefitted ACNB Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act program.
ACNB Bank Donates PPE to Healthcare Facilities
ACNB Bank, including its divisions of FCB Bank and NWSB Bank, donated personal protective equipment (PPE) in April to four healthcare facilities in the Bank’s market area in response to the unprecedented need during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 180 N95 respirator masks and 44 face masks were delivered by members of the ACNB Bank Facilities team to Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital in Gettysburg, PA, Wellspan Health & Surgery in Hanover, PA, Carroll Hospital in Westminster, MD, and Frederick Health Hospital in Frederick, MD.
The Bank’s supply of PPE arose from an early 2020 reevaluation of the organization’s pandemic preparedness plan. However, as the pandemic evolved, it was decided local healthcare workers had the greater need for these PPE items.
Customers and Staff Support Annual School Supply Drives
ACNB Bank, FCB Bank and NWSB Bank partnered with the community organizations in their respective market areas —specifically, United Way of Adams County, United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, United Way of Frederick County, and The Shepherd’s Staff in Carroll County — by hosting a Back to School Supply Drive in July and early August to benefit families in need within our local communities.
Thanks to the generosity of our customers and staff members, the Bank’s community banking offices with lobbies that were open at that time collected 618 items including backpacks, notebooks, pocket folders, crayon packs, and more. Plus, departmental staff members based at the Operations Center contributed an additional 148 school supplies for a grand total of 766 items.
American Heart Association 2020 Heart Walk
The 2020 Adams Mason Dixon Heart Walk Digital Experience was a tremendous success with a team of 31 staff members and friends of the Bank participating from throughout the Bank’s footprint. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants set their own goals and walked on their own time throughout the month of September.
ACNB Bank raised $3,092 for the American Heart Association as a result of individual participant fundraising and the Casual for a Cause activity held in February.
EVP/Chief Community Banking Officer Tom Stone served as the Executive Leader for this community event. In his words, “The year 2020 has brought many challenges and a whole host of distractions that could have caused us to lose sight of things that are of very real importance, such as support of the American Heart Association. I am proud and gratified that our team did not lose sight, but stayed focused on the importance of championing this important cause.”
ACNB Bank Customers Share Appreciation for Community Shred Day
ACNB Bank held its 14th Annual Community Shred Day on Saturday, September 19, 2020. A project associated with United Way of Adams County, the Community Shred Day provides people with the opportunity to dispose of old confidential documents conveniently and safely.
As in previous years, the Bank received positive feedback from customers expressing their gratitude to the Bank for providing this beneficial service — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bank’s 12 volunteers welcomed 160 customers to the ACNB Corporation Operations Center parking lot, where more than 10,225 pounds of documents were shredded by All-Shred.
Participants donated a minimum of $2.00 per box of shred materials with a total donation of $1,457 made to United Way of Adams County. Additionally, many people donated canned goods and other nonperishable food items in support of the kickoff of the 14th Annual Bag the Bounty Food Drive organized by United Way of Adams County.
Community Food Drives Benefit Local Residents
ACNB Bank hosted two community food drives in Fall 2020. In Adams County, the Bank was again a supporter of the Annual United Way Bag the Bounty Food Drive held in October. The ACNB Corporation Operations Center and the Bank’s community banking offices with lobbies open at that time in Adams County and Hanover participated as collection points.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens very hard as they continue to work to keep their shelves stocked for the benefit of low-income families, unemployed and underemployed persons, and individuals on modest fixed-incomes — including the elderly and people with disabilities. A few of our community banking offices were unable to participate and many Operations Center staff members were working remotely, we achieved some great success with a total of 2,098 pounds of nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, and other household items donated by the Bank’s customers and staff members.
Additionally, the Newville Office hosted a food drive in November to benefit the Big Spring Area Food Bank.
Visiting Nurse Association Expresses Gratitude to ACNB Bank
Community organizations in the Bank’s footprint faced many challenges in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help nonprofit organizations that are Bank customers, staff members provided much-appreciated assistance by walking them through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application and loan forgiveness processes. The following exemplifies the gratitude expressed by a community organization in the Bank's Hanover market:
Brian Warner, President & CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover and Spring Grove, shared, “We received notice from ACNB Bank that our PPP loan has been fully forgiven by the Small Business Administration, which means we do not have to pay back any of these funds or pay any interest on the loan. This comes as a tremendous relief to the Agency as this has been an extremely challenging year for the VNA. These funds will provide the boost we need to continue to provide home care services in our community.”
“I want to express my appreciation to the ACNB Bank team for suggesting we pursue the loan, assisting with the loan application process, guiding us through the monitoring of expenses, and, lastly, helping with the loan forgiveness application process. The entire team was very helpful and professional,” he added.
Holiday Season Helping Hands Initiatives
The Shepherd’s Staff Fill A Stocking Program
NWSB Bank customers and staff members supported The Shepherd’s Staff and the Fill A Stocking Program by donating hygiene items, toys, clothing, and other small items to fill 65 individual holiday stockings supplied by the Bank and distributed to children in need in Carroll County, MD.
Holiday Hope Campaign
NWSB Bank partnered with the Carroll County Times for the 22nd Annual Holiday Hope Campaign created to help five local nonprofit organizations raise $195,000 between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The organizations, as selected by the newspaper, included Access Carroll, Carroll County Food Sunday, Carroll Hospice, Human Services Programs of Carroll County and The Shepherd’s Staff. The NWSB Bank College Square Office staff processed the donations received from the Carroll County Times on a daily basis and reported the latest results back to the newspaper to share with readers the following day.
RIG and NWSB Bank Hampstead Office Adopt Families for the Holidays
Russell Insurance Group staff members adopted three families for the holidays through the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and the NWSB Bank Hampstead Office staff members helped make the holidays a little brighter for a local family through the North East Social Action Program Adopt a Family program.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers
FVP/Trust Services Manager Karen Arthur, Marketing Specialist Denise Descheemaeker, FVP/Technology Services Manager Scott Hartlaub and VP/Corporate Relations Officer Lauren Muzzy, as well as two employee spouses, served as bell ringers for the annual Salvation Army fundraising effort in early December at the kettle in front of Walmart in Gettysburg, PA.
Toys for Tots
The ACNB Bank Carroll Valley and South York Plaza Offices served as collection sites for Toys for Tots this holiday season.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School Students Help Spread Holiday Cheer
ACNB Bank’s McSherrystown Office supplied students of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School with 140 small stockings to decorate and enclose a handwritten greeting for residents of St. Joseph Village and Adams County Housing Authority, two affordable housing communities in Adams County, PA. East Region VP/Regional Sales Manager Leslie Metzger then picked up the stockings from the school, worked with the office staff to add a candy cane to each, and delivered the festive stockings to the housing organizations for the distribution to residents.