Broadway Bank Care Corps - Volunteer Army on Call

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February 16, 2015
Care Corps is Broadway Bank’s community service arm with nearly 60 percent of the bank’s employees branching out to benefit more than 100 charitable projects every year. Care Corps was established in 2004 to honor the legacy of giving established by Col. Charles E. Cheever, the founder of Broadway Bank. They enthusiastically don their red t-shirts on all their missions, setting the standard for charitable service in the local communities where Broadway Bank’s 40 banking centers are located. In 2014, Care Corps volunteers spent 12,856 hours to build up the projects and purposes that make a difference at a dollar value of nearly $300,000. Some of the non-profits that Care Cops touched are the Multiple Sclerosis Society Bike Ride, Communities In Schools Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive, Elf Louise, Haven for Hope, Child Protective Services Rainbow Room, Unicorn Center, the Austin and San Antonio Food Banks, St. Vincent de Paul, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity.

Non-profits that support education are part of a focused initiative spearheaded by the Broadway Bank Community Reinvestment Department to provide students from low-income homes with the tools and assistance they need to succeed in school and beyond. Working with San Antonio Education Partnership, Broadway Bank awarded five Highland High School students, each with $2,000 scholarships in 2014. Care Corps volunteers read weekly with at-risk elementary students at their school through the San Antonio Youth Literacy Corporate Reading Buddy Program. In supporting Habitat for Humanity, Care Corps volunteers help build homes for underprivileged families and then follow through with financial literacy training for these new homeowners.

Broadway Bank donated $633,474 to build up these very same non-profits where Care Corps volunteers give of their time and talent, leveraging the beneficial impact on low-income families in the bank’s service area. Among these, Broadway Bank donated furniture for Each One Teach One, a new site dedicated to adult and family literacy.

We invest strategically in organizations where we can make the biggest difference in the lives of low-income families,” said Jeannette Westbrook Flores, Broadway Bank senior vice president, community reinvestment. “Broadway Bank Care Corps is a well-oiled machine made up of our employees who are all heart when it comes to helping out those causes most in need where we live and work,” added Westbrook.

Westbrook serves on the board of Dress for Success, Communities In Schools, United Way and Project Quest and volunteers regularly with these organizations.
 
The Care Corps also participates in events that foster wellness while bringing in funds for worthy non-profits. Team Broadway, raised $48,681 in the MS 150 bike ride and an additional $1,365 in the MS Walk, raising a total of $50,046 for Multiple Sclerosis research.

Bringing cheer is one of the most rewarding ways that Care Corps gives back to the local communities, delivering more than 600 baskets for children in need in the local community during the yearly Easter basket drive.

“I don’t think Broadway Bank employees realize how important this is to our children,” said Barb Dampman, the vice president of program operations at Catholic Charities. “For many of our children here at the Guadalupe Community Center this is the only thing they will receive for Easter. It means the world to them.”

Along with the Guadalupe Community Center, Care Corps volunteers delivered baskets to the Children’s Shelter, the Rainbow Room and Haven for Hope. Stephanie Lyles, Broadway Bank assistant vice president, senior commercial credit analyst, served as the official bus driver for the deliveries.

“It was amazing to be able to see the four organizations at work in our community. Our individual donations may not seem like much, but together we are making a huge impact,” said Lyles. “The organizations that we visited expressed so much gratitude and wanted us to know that we have made a difference in the life of a child,” she added.

The Austin Midtown banking center donated Easter baskets to the Austin Children’s Shelter and the Broadway banking centers in other local communities made an impact with baskets going to Hill Country Family Services in Boerne, The Hope Center in Bulverde, Angel’s Crossing in Castroville, Roxanne’s House in San Marcos, San Antonio Military Medical Center on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and the Christian Women’s Job Corps in Kerrville.

Broadway Bank received the Alamo Area Council of Government’s 2014 Corporate Steward of the Year Award.

About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full- range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With $3 billion in total assets, the highly rated Bank operates 40 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at broadwaybank.com for more information.
 
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