April is community banking month, a time when we traditionally celebrate what we believe makes our bank unique - our community focused approach and personalized experience. During more normal times, you would see our team out at volunteer events, serving on boards, and joining in at community events. This is what makes working with a local bank so unique – your banking partners are right here in the community alongside you as you go about your day. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to do what we love has changed. We are all learning new ways for us to stay connected. But we remain focused on what matters most to us – the health and welfare of the communities that we are proud to be a part of.
We know the COVID-19 pandemic has affected each of us in various ways. A lot of people are struggling in our communities and we, as a team, are doing what we can to help get our customers through these trying financial times. But many hands make light work and we are in this together. Please consider the following suggestions to help our community through this time.
- Practice Social Distancing – As we have learned, the symptoms of the disease vary. Good practices, such as social distancing and limiting your grocery store trips, are proving effective in flattening the curve.
- Support Local Business – Many of the small businesses that make up our community are struggling. To help them get through this, buy a gift card or order online. A lot of small businesses are getting creative and expanding their services to accommodate the stay at home order.
- Stay Informed – Get up to date information about local COVID-19 activity from our public health officials.
- Protect your finances – Now more than ever it is important to stay vigilant and protect yourself from scammers who may try to use the current environment to obtain your money and sensitive information. Head on over to our previous blog post for some good tips.
- Call a Friend –Please check in on your friends, family and neighbors. A friendly voice can be reassuring that we are not in this alone.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone out again in the community – we miss you! Until then, please stay safe.