First Bank was nationally recognized for its Community Service Award Program during the recent American Bankers Association National Conference for Community Bankers in San Diego The award was in the Encouraging Volunteerism category.
“First Bank is honored to receive this award which represents our commitment, passion and leadership to our communities in Southeast Alaska throughout the year,” Michael Medford, Vice President and Community Reinvestment Officer for First Bank, said in a release.
The Community Service Award Program is designed to encourage and foster citizenship, knowledge and personal development of people in Southeast Alaska through community service opportunities. This design can provide local organizations opportunities to serve their communities while getting paid for it.
The release stated an example of a Ketchikan middle school girls’ softball team organizing a food and fundraising drive for Women in Safe Homes. The softball team raised more than $1,000 worth of food so First Bank donated $1,000 to the team. It states over 800 young volunteers, not including family participants, have raised or contributed over $62,000 in value to local community organizations since the program’s inception.