PCB partners with New Horizons Caregivers to give backpacks and school supplies to children in need.

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Popular Community Bank Branch Manager Dennis Pritchett was on hand to award 65 backpacks to children from Palm Elementary here in Hacienda Heights, CA. The backpacks were filled to the brim with school supplies collected at the Hacienda Heights branch in June and July in support of the New Horizons Caregivers Group charitable back to school program “Each child in need receiving backpacks and new school supplies now knows that there are people in the local community that care about their success,” wrote Cathy L. Jamieson, Executive Director of New Horizons Caregivers Group to Dennis Pritchett. “Again, thank you for your continued support. All donations are dedicated to the goods, programs and services we provide to the local community, and we sincerely value your genuine concern for our organization.”New Horizons Caregivers Group (NHCG) began in 2003 with a vision to help those in need, with a concern for single parent families, children at risk, and small nonprofit organizations that provide care and aid to the community. NH Group provides free food, goods, and school supplies to the low-income. Popular Community Bank is proud to support this valuable organization. We also support the future goal of NHCG to share information and learn how we can work together and help each other. The more we understand what others are doing in the community, the better we can serve humanity.

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Popular Receives Social Responsibility Leadership Award

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Last week we were awarded a 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Award from financial services industry advocacy organization, the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR). The bank was among 23 financial institutions recognized on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. during an award ceremony on July 23.

The Corporate Social Responsibility Awards are given to companies that demonstrate leadership and commitment towards the improvement of their communities through diverse programs and outreach including financial literacy education. Popular’s subsidiaries, Banco Popular De Puerto Rico and Popular Community Bank in the mainland U.S., were acknowledged for their community involvement efforts.

“We are honored to receive this award. Since the day we were founded 120 years ago, Popular has been heavily invested in its communities and people. It is in our corporate DNA to serve our communities and service is a core part of our institutional values. We believe corporate social responsibility is vital because it enables the economic and social development of the communities where we do business,” said Richard L. Carrión, president and CEO of Popular, Inc.

The Financial Services Roundtable represents the largest integrated financial services companies providing banking, insurance, payment and investment products and services to the American consumer.

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Delancey Branch closed on Monday 7/7/14

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We regret to inform you that our Delancey Branch (134 Delancey St) will be closed on Monday, July 7th, 2014, however you may continue to use the 24 hour ATM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please visit our locator at PopularCommunityBank.com to find another branch or ATM near you. Also, 24-hour banking is available at PopularCommunityBank.com or 1-800-377-0800.

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Seven Tips to Save More

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No matter how well you manage your personal finances, there’s always room to put a little more away. Here are seven time-tested tips to help you keep more of your
hard-earned income.

1. Pick your savings goals.
The very first step is to determine what you are saving for, how much you need to save and by when. For example, are you saving for retirement, a child’s college education, a new car, a “rainy day” fund or some combination of things? Once you have your goals in mind, you can determine how much you need to save each year, month or pay
period to get there.

2. Create a budget.
You may have a good sense of what’s coming in; a budget gives you a good sense of what’s going out, and how much you can save towards your goals as a result. For each month, set an amount that you can afford for mortgage or rent, food, transportation, healthcare, clothing, entertainment, cable / phone / Internet, charitable contributions and other recurring expenses. Don’t forget to allocate money for expenses that may not come monthly, such as insurance or education bills.

3. Sweat the small stuff.
Track your actual expenses, to the penny, for a month to see where your money really goes. You may be surprised how much you spend on coffee, or videos, or music downloads, or any other category where you spend small amounts (or maybe even not so small amounts) frequently. Once you’ve tracked your real spending activity, compare it to the budget you’ve created to see if your budget is realistic, and revise it as needed. You can also use this review to make tradeoffs — for example, you can decide if your daily vanilla latte is worth postponing the purchase of a replacement vehicle by a month.

4. Check your objectives.
That cruise you saw advertised on TV may look great, but is your vacation goal to impress people by saying you went on a cruise, or to spend time with your family? If it’s the latter, a camping trip or visit to a national park might be just as rewarding, and much more affordable.

5. Look for ways to buy in bulk or bundles.
For example, you may find that the membership fee of a wholesale club is worth the savings on groceries and household items, especially for families. Likewise, your phone,
cable and Internet service may offer a “triple play,” where you can save by bundling all three services together. Be careful of accumulating additional video services in particular. It’s compelling to be able to binge-watch the new season of your favorite show in one weekend, but be sure that all of the video, voice and data services you want fit within your budget.

6. Instead of simply renewing annual contracts such as insurance plans and maintenance agreements, get competitive quotes each time.
You may find that there are better deals available each year than what
your current provider is offering for renewal terms.

7. When you shop online, be sure to check multiple sites for the same item.
You may be surprised at the price difference from site to site,
as well as differences in shipping costs and timing. Google an item or store
name followed by the word “coupons” to see if there are any discounts you
can take advantage of.

With the discipline to stay on your budget and the effort to comparison shop,
you may find yourself reaching your savings goals sooner than you realize.

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HOPE Inside Location Celebrated at Bronx Branch

Bronx Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene joined local community leaders, entrepreneurs, and customers at the Popular Community Bank branch at 752 East Tremont Avenue to inaugurate the HOPE Inside location that will concentrate on home ownership and financial literacy programs.

“Together we are bringing financial education and resources to underserved neighborhoods, and empowering people in these communities to attain the dream of owning their own home, or to take control of their finances and improve their lives, or to grow a business,” said John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Operation HOPE, Inc.

“This is about helping people succeed financially to make our community stronger,” said HOPE CEO, New York and Division President of Youth Empowerment Group Mary H. Ehrsam. “Financial education gives people the knowledge and information they need to make decisions that will benefit them and their families. Operation HOPE is honored to partner with Popular Community Bank to provide financial empowerment services that will help people set and achieve their financial goals.”

“We are thrilled to launch the HOPE Inside Center in the Bronx, the borough where we opened our first branch in New York more than 50 years ago,” said Brian Doran, New York Metro Region Executive, Popular Community Bank. “We share the same commitment to enhancing our communities and doing all we can to provide financial resources to people who want to take control of their finances and improve their lives. We value our long-term partnership with Operation HOPE and we’re proud to be part of this program.”

This is the second HOPE Inside location opened in a Popular Community Bank branch in New York. The first, inaugurated April 1, 2014, is at 231 West 125th Street in Harlem. The partnership to develop the HOPE Inside program commenced in November 2013 with a commitment from Popular Community Bank for four locations in the New York area. Popular Community Bank has committed to launch two more HOPE Inside locations this year, starting with a location in Brooklyn’s, Crown Heights area.

Classes start Tuesday, June 24th in the East Tremont branch lobby and guest speakers will cover loan approval, credit & debt, purchase contracts, escrow/closing costs, necessary paperwork, required savings and more.

Interested participants can obtain more information about the Homeownership Program at the Tremont branch or call (973) 343-9952.

Pictured left to right: Rafael Sanchez, PCB Retail Manager, Manhattan North, Bronx & Queens; Lenny Caro, President of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce; Wanda Matos, PCB East Tremont Branch Manager;  John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.; Brian Doran, NY Metro Region Executive, PCB; Robert Hernandez, PCB Commercial Relationship Officer

Pictured left to right: Rafael Sanchez, PCB Retail Manager, Manhattan North, Bronx & Queens; Lenny Caro, President of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce; Wanda Matos, PCB East Tremont Branch Manager; John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.; Brian Doran, NY Metro Region Executive, PCB; Robert Hernandez, PCB Commercial Relationship Officer

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22nd Annual Junior Achievement Golf and Tennis Tournament

On May 5th, 2014, nine of our South Florida Popular Community Bank employees as well as one of our valued Customers participated in the 22nd Annual Junior Achievement Golf and Tennis Tournament.  The Tournament was held at one of Arnold Palmer’s Signature Golf Courses – Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club.  The event was a success raising a record $200,000 in total! This revenue will not only allow JA to continue serving 30,000 children, but will allow them to offer more programs to additional children. Thanks to the generosity of PCB and many other organizations, more students in our community will learn about financial literacy, workforce readiness, personal economics, global economics, the importance of staying in school, and many more practical messages designed to help prepare tomorrow’s future business and community leaders.

We at Popular Community Bank are very proud of all our employees that participated and gave of their time towards raising money for this great cause.   Special congratulations go out to Israel Velasco, Florida Region Executive for winning first place in the Men’s Tennis Single and Cesar Gonzalez, Head Teller from the Brickell Branch in winning second place of the Men’s Tennis Single.

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Eric Garcia, Nelson Lopez, Oscar Rodriguez and Jose Vasquez

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PCB employees teamed up with Junior Achievement for a day of volunteerism in California

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On Wednesday, June 4th, Popular Community Bank employees teamed up with Junior Achievement for a day of volunteerism to “Teach for a Day” at San Pedro Elementary School. Through this unique initiative, PCB employees got a chance to teach JA’s special curriculum that covers different topics on financial education, work readiness and community. The children were very welcoming, and excited to learn something new. It’s been many years since most of the volunteers had set foot in a classroom, but this experience certainly proved to be enriching to both students and “teachers”.

Popular Community Bank is a proud supporter of programs that enhance our community, and we thank all the volunteers for helping create a positive impact and serving as role models to the children in our community.

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Celebrate the opening of our newest HOPE INSIDE location!

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As proud community partners, Popular Community Bank and Operation Hope are happy to announce the grand opening of their second “Hope Inside” location.

The new “Hope Inside” will focus on “Homeownership”.  Its program curriculum is designed to address issues related to owning a home, from assessing your readiness with one-on-one counseling, and homebuyer education workshops to helping you find the right mortgage product, and tackling factors that may prevent you from being approved.   To learn more about our FREE Homeownership Program, please visit our Popular Community Branch located at 752 E. Tremont in the Bronx to speak with the Operation Hope Representative or call (917) 244-6303.

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March for Babies

At this year’s March for Babies – Miami-Dade County, 193 Popular Community Bank South Florida employees and family members gathered at Tropical Park for the Annual 5K Walk. Employee turnout was amazing; participants from every bank department came out to support the effort. So far, a total of $45,000 has been raised by the Popular Team, and the fundraising efforts continue through the end of June. Popular Community Bank is proud to support the March of Dimes for their efforts to help prevent premature birth and birth defects, and improve the health of moms and babies across America.

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Operation HOPE and Popular Community Bank celebrate a milestone event in Harlem

Pictured left to right (front row): John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.; Brian Doran, NY Metro Region Executive, PCB; Mary Hagerty Ehrsam, CEO, New York and Division President, HOPE Youth Empowerment Group Operation HOPE, Inc.; PCB Assistant Branch Manager Charlene Wint; Manuel Chinea, COO of PCB; Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, HOPE Inside. (Back row) left to right: Rafael Sanchez, PCB Regional Manager, Manhattan North, Bronx & Queens; Malik Hodges, PCB 125th Street Branch Manager

Pictured left to right (front row): John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.; Brian Doran, NY Metro Region Executive, PCB; Mary Hagerty Ehrsam, CEO, New York and Division President, HOPE Youth Empowerment Group Operation HOPE, Inc.; PCB Assistant Branch Manager Charlene Wint; Manuel Chinea, COO of PCB; Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, HOPE Inside. (Back row) left to right: Rafael Sanchez, PCB Regional Manager, Manhattan North, Bronx & Queens; Malik Hodges, PCB 125th Street Branch Manager

A celebration to commemorate the opening of the HOPE Inside took place yesterday on April 1, at Popular Community Bank’s Harlem branch in New York City – the same location where aspiring entrepreneurs are learning the basics of building their own business by attending these free workshops with a trained Operation HOPE counselor.

“Operation HOPE is proud to join Popular Community Bank to celebrate the launch of the first HOPE Inside for the state of New York, said John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Operation HOPE, Inc. “The HOPE Inside model is an important part of Project 5117, our national initiative to continue Dr. King’s work to bring economic justice to underserved communities. It is my sincere hope that this first location in Harlem actually represents the first of many more to come, in addition to the three additional locations that are already planned.”

“We are thrilled to share the same commitment Operation HOPE has of helping others secure a brighter financial future,” said Brian Doran, New York Metro Region Executive, Popular Community Bank. “With small business employing over half of the country’s workforce, the support and growth of entrepreneurs and small business is critical in order to have a healthy community and robust local and national economy. We strive to provide the necessary tools, education, advocacy and guidance to the small business community.”

There are two options offered through HOPE Inside:

The Technical Assistance Program – in a private consultation with a trained Operation HOPE Counselor, candidates are helped with establishing their goals and needs, review of their credit report, business plan and financials, and are provided assistance through referral programs.

The Entrepreneurial Training Course – is a 12-week program supplying entrepreneurs with simple, practical information to help them succeed, as well as feature a variety of guest speakers. Topics covered include evaluating feasibility, selecting a business name, conducting market research, advertising, securing startup money, types of distribution channels and where to access capital.

Mansur Abdus-Salaam is also a participant in the 10th class of Operation HOPE NY’s Entrepreneurial Training Program. He is a native Harlemite who has years of cooking experience and training from his family. Inspired by his mother, he is starting Griffith’s Food Products, a company that will feature all-natural, organic food products, featuring his special hot sauce made from a secret process that he learned from her.

Mansur Abdus-Salaam is also a participant in the 10th class of Operation HOPE NY’s Entrepreneurial Training Program. He is a native Harlemite who has years of cooking experience and training from his family. Inspired by his mother, he is starting Griffith’s Food Products, a company that will feature all-natural, organic food products, featuring his special hot sauce made from a secret process that he learned from her.

Chauntee Jackson is a participant in the 10th class of Operation HOPE NY’s Entrepreneurial Training Program. She and her partner, Taneesha Woodyear also an ETP participant, are starting Two Wives, Inc. Cleaning Service. Chauntee currently works as a direct care provider for the mentally challenged where cleaning is a part of her daily job. She and Taneesha are forming their cleaning company to help take the stress and strain from working parents, so that they can come home to comfortable clean home.

Chauntee Jackson is a participant in the 10th class of Operation HOPE NY’s Entrepreneurial Training Program. She and her partner, Taneesha Woodyear also an ETP participant, are starting Two Wives, Inc. Cleaning Service. Chauntee currently works as a direct care provider for the mentally challenged where cleaning is a part of her daily job. She and Taneesha are forming their cleaning company to help take the stress and strain from working parents, so that they can come home to comfortable clean home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The partnership to develop HOPE Inside program commenced in November 2013 with a commitment of $300,000 from Popular Community Bank for four locations. Seeing value in the program, Popular Community Bank has already committed to launch three additional HOPE Inside locations this year, in the New York area.

Focused on small business development the first Workshop took place in mid-February and the next workshop started March 5 – focusing on business ideas ranging from real estate financing to components of a business plan, to help these entrepreneurs of tomorrow achieve success.

For more information or to sign up for the Small Business Development Program speak with the Operation HOPE representative at the 125th Street Popular Community Bank Branch or call (917) 477-2800.

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