Don’t tell the kids, but we’re thinking about school.
Last year, we collected school supplies and monetary donations at each of our branches to help more than 350 children in Williamsburg, the Northern Neck, Gloucester and Mathews. We had so much fun – thanks in large part to your support – that we’re doing it again this year.
From now until Aug. 8, we’ll be collecting school supplies (crayons, pencils, washable magic markers, notebook paper – click here for a complete list) and monetary donations at all of our branches to send 355 area children in need back to school with full backpacks. We’ll match every dollar donated up to $500 for each of the charitable programs we’re assisting: YMCA Bright Beginnings in the Northern Neck, Mathews and Williamsburg; and the Mathews and Gloucester Departments of Social Services.
Chesapeake Bank employees also will volunteer to be Bright Beginnings shopping buddies for the Northern Neck Family YMCA, R.F. Family YMCA in Williamsburg and the Mathews Family YMCA in August.
“I am constantly impressed by the impact that our YMCAs have in the community,” said Leigh Houghland, senior vice president and regional commercial loan officer at Chesapeake Bank. “The Bright Beginnings program is a great example of this impact. I have helped as a volunteer shopper over the last five years. I always leave the event touched by the happiness we bring to the kids through something so simple as a new backpack and clothes. I can’t wait to shop with a deserving child again this year.”