WARMTH partners raise $17,500 in challenge grant

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WARMTH partners raise $17,500 in challenge grant

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 2:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This December, Community Bank NA is partnering with Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) to raise money for the organization’s WARMTH program and help low-income Vermont families stay warm this winter. The bank will match WARMTH donations dollar for dollar during December, up to a total of $17,500. All funds raised will be distributed by CVOEO for use by all five community action agencies statewide for the emergency-based WARMTH program to help to offset home heating bills. One hundred percent of all donations will be used for WARMTH client services.

“As Vermonters, our staff understands the perils a Vermont winter brings,” Community Bank N.A. Regional Manager Anita Bourgeois said. “That’s why we understand the importance of supporting our neighbors in need. I encourage everyone to make a donation this December and help ensure that everyone in our community has the ability to heat their homes.”

Founded in 1986, WARMTH has helped approximately 80,000 families keep safe and warm throughout the winter season since its inception. The program is vitally important during the beginning and end of the heating season, when state and federal assistance programs are not available. During last year’s heating season, the program provided assistance to more than 2,800 households statewide.

To make a donation as part of the challenge grant, click here or visit your local Community Bank N.A. branch. To apply for home heating assistance, contact your local Community Action Agency. Vermonters age 60 and older may also call the Senior Helpline at 800-642-5119 for assistance.

Community Action Agencies in Vermont

BROC — Community Action in Southwestern Vermont

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)

Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA)

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)

About Community Bank System Inc. 
Community Bank System Inc. operates more than 230 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank N.A. With more than $10 billion in assets, the DeWitt, New York-headquartered company is among the country’s 150 largest financial institutions. In addition to a full range of retail and business banking services, the company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services. Community Bank System Inc. subsidiaries/business units include OneGroup NY Inc., which provides risk management and commercial insurance, employee benefits and personal lines insurance; Community Bank Wealth Management, which provides investment advisory, personal trust and financial planning services, as well as personal, business and nonprofit portfolio design; and Benefit Plans Administrative Services Inc., which provides actuarial, retirement and VEBA/HRA plan administration, and collective investment fund, employee benefit trust and transfer agency services.

Source: Community Bank N.A. 12.1.2017