Peoples Bank employees donated $44,500 last month to local nonprofits

Peoples Bank employees donated ,500 last month to local nonprofits

Peoples Bank employees donated $44,500 to charities in Northwest Indiana last month.

The Munster-based bank’s Community First Committee, a philanthropic employee committee dating back to 1993, raised the funds internally over the past year, including through raffles and occasion days. The employees also paid annual contributions.

“Community First is just one small way our employees can make a big impact in our communities, and this group is doing a fantastic job encouraging participation bank-wide,” said Sarah Ricciardi, senior vice president, director of marketing, Peoples Bank and Community First Committee Chair. “We have always been committed to providing as much support as possible to our partners in Northwest Indiana. Now that our presence has grown deeper into Chicagoland, we welcome the opportunity to expand that network of support and make a difference—especially to the communities that need it most.”

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Employees raised the funds through contests, events, casual office wear fees, and seasonal gift baskets. The bank matched every dollar raised and donated to charitable organizations in the bank’s service areas of Northwest Indiana and Illinois.

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Funding was given to Almost Home Chicago, The Bridge Teen Center, Boys and Girls Club of Lake County, Camp Quality, Carmelite Home, Crisis Center of South Suburbia, Crossroads YMCA, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Gary Literacy Coalition, Gigi’s Playhouse, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Haven House Northwest Indiana, Hospice of the Calumet Area, Legacy Foundation, Inc., Meals on Wheels of Chicago, Meals on Wheels of Indiana, Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation, Opportunity Enterprises, Spanish Coalition for Housing and Together We Cope .

The money is used for meals, supplies and human services.

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, for example, used it to feed those in need.

“We are very pleased to be working with Peoples Bank,” said Victor Garcia, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “This $5,000 donation is equivalent to 8,000 meals for needy families in Lake and Porter counties.”

After expanding into Chicago, Peoples Bank also supports new charities such as the Spanish Coalition for Housing, which helps low- to middle-income Latinos buy homes in Chicagoland.

“As the largest HUD-certified nonprofit housing advisory organization in the region and Illinois, we value the opportunity to partner with Peoples Bank to not only help people get into their homes, but also to help them sustain their homes for the long term.” said Executive Director Joseph Lopez.

Peoples Bank dates back to 1910 and its employees have maintained a tradition of philanthropy for more than a century.

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