Professional Development Teams making a difference
First National Community Bank (FNCB), the largest community bank in Northeastern Pennsylvania, today announced an initiative to help a local animal shelter meet their basic needs.
From now through September 6, FNCB will be collecting items including cat litter, paper towels, kitten food, cleaning supplies and pet toys for the Hazleton Animal Shelter.
Donations, including monetary, may be dropped off at any of the 21 conveniently located FNCB branches in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Hazleton branch at 340 West Broad St.
The Hazleton Animal Shelter, located at 101 Poplar Rd, is dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners and helping animals find new homes.
The idea to help the animal shelter is the result of FNCB’s Professional Development Program. The Professional Development Program is a year-long course, coordinated by Wilkes-University, which focuses on developing leadership skills and teamwork.
Participants in the program were required to form teams and design Social Cyclical Awareness (SCA) projects, all of which are aimed at meeting specific needs in the local community.
“The development program has been a great way for us to become better leaders and at the same time make an impact on the community,” said Jenny Severs, Assistant Vice President/Indirect/Consumer Lending Manager and Hazleton project member.
In addition to helping the animal shelter, FNCB “teams” have developed SCA projects to help four different community organizations.
All branches are currently collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Commission on Economic Opportunity Backpack Program, the Osterhaut Free Library benefited from a lemonade sale at the Wilkes-Barre Farmer’s Market and employees will be volunteering their time to rehabilitate a house for Habitat for Humanity of Lackawanna County.
“Helping organizations like these is part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative,” said First Senior Vice President Joe Earyes. “As a locally based bank, we are dedicated to helping organizations in the communities we serve.”