On June 26, Popular Community Bank was honored as one of 23 recipients of the Community Service Leadership Award from the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington DC.
On behalf of the Financial Services Roundtable, Financial Services Roundtable President and CEO Tim Pawlenty and New York Congressman Michael Grimm (R) presented the award to a number of financial institutions in recognition of community service in the form of financial literacy, counseling, volunteer efforts or coordination with non-profits.
“Financial Services companies succeed only when our local communities succeed,” Pawlenty said in the statement announcing the winners. “By fundraising for worthy causes, encouraging volunteerism and promoting financial literacy in towns across the country, our companies put their commitment to their customers into action. We are pleased to honor these companies for the exemplary work over the past year.”
Brian Doran, Popular Community Bank’s Region Executive for New York Metro and Director of Governmental Affairs, agrees.
“It’s in our DNA,” said Doran. “We’ve been providing financial education, curriculum and workshops for over 50 years… We have financial education programs in our branches every week.”
Doran also echoed the statement by Pawlenty.
“Trust is what we need to not only aspire to, but it’s an absolute essential,” he said. “Providing financial education resources is critical to start developing trust and understanding the benefits of establishing a banking relationship. We would like it to be with us, but providing a holistic view of the benefits of a banking relationship will help our communities.”
Popular Community Bank is proud to partner with a number of national organizations, including Operation Hope, as well as organizations at the local level. We detailed some of the organizations and events from 2012 at the end of last year here on the blog. Click here to look back at some of the ways Popular Community Bank worked with our local communities.
Manuel Chinea, Popular Community Bank Chief Operating Officer, was honored with hip hop pioneer Russell Simmons at ArtsConnection’s annual spring benefit celebration at Tribeca Rooftop on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The event raised $750,000 for the organization, which is one of New York City’s largest and most comprehensive arts-in-education organizations.
Popular Community Bank also serves the New York area through PopularTips.com, a parntership with WNBC and the New York Daily News.
“PopularTips has helped heighten the awareness of the availability of financial education curriculum,” said Doran. “Again, we want to provide a trusted source of financial information.”
Also, the entirely employee-funded Popular Community Bank Foundation was established in 2004 with the mission of strengthening the social and economic well-being of the communities we serve. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested a total of $1,856,665 and over 100 non-profit organizations throughout our regions. These grant dollars are maximized with the time and effort dedicated by employee liaisons who contribute in different ways to each of the organizations we support.
We highlighted a few of the organizations that received grants from the Popular Community Bank Foundation earlier this year on the blog, including Youth Service Project, ASPIRE and Housing and Services, Inc.
We look forward to continuing to work with our communities all over the United States moving forward. Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for our annual Make A Difference Day Challenge!