Community Bank NA donates $15,000 to The DREAM Program

Vermont Business Magazine The Community Bank NA New England branches recently donated $15,000 to The DREAM Program (DREAM) to support its mentoring program. With donations over the years totaling more than $75,000, this is the seventh year that Community Bank, N.A. has supported DREAM.

Camp DREAM is a free residential summer camp for children in DREAM, a nonprofit organization that pairs college students with children living in low-income housing neighborhoods throughout Vermont for mentoring and adventure programming. Camp DREAM also serves youth from Boston and Philadelphia.

“Nothing is more important than helping children feel empowered to recognize and achieve their dreams,” Community Bank Commercial Banking Officer David Blow said. “The program is a vital resource in our community, and we are thrilled to see that DREAM continues to work hard to create a modified summer program that will offer youth an enriching experience despite the challenges created during these uncertain times.”

“Not only does the Community Bank team continue to invest financially in our programs and youth, but they also show up, in person, to help us build and maintain our facilities. Their consistent support is helping us continue programming from a distance this summer, including a virtual ‘summer camp’ and other enrichment programming,” DREAM’s Chief Empowerment Officer, Mike Foote, said.

The DREAM Program was founded in 1999. Through its programs, DREAM helps close the opportunity gap for more than 400 of the most vulnerable children in our communities.

For more information on The DREAM Program, visit For more information about Community Bank N.A., visit

Photo: (Back row) At the Whales Tails in South Burlington, Chief Empowerment Officer Mike Foote, Community Bank Sr. District Manager Erika Baldasaro, Community Bank SVP, Chief Trust Investment Officer Charlie Perrillo, Community Bank Branch Manager Barry Fauteux and Community Bank Commercial Banking Officer David Blow. (Front row) AmeriCorps VISTA Business & Financial Systems Coordinator Sneha Singhania, AmeriCorps VISTA Board/Office Coordinator Sarah Hurley and Community Bank Branch Manager Jonathan Roddy.

About Community Bank System, Inc.
Community Bank System, Inc. operates more than 240 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank N.A. and has been serving its communities for more than 150 years. With over $13 billion in assets, the DeWitt, New York-headquartered company is among the country’s 125 largest financial institutions. Community Bank N.A. has consistently been ranked among the top 12 best banks in America by Forbes Magazine since the list was first published in 2009, and was most recently ranked tenth in 2020. In addition to a full range of retail and business banking services, the Company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services through its subsidiaries/business units that 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 on a national scale.

Community Bank System, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company’s stock trades under the symbol “CBU.” For more information about Community Bank, visit or

Source: Burlington, Vt. — The Community Bank NA 6.18.2020