Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank N.A. recently presented Pathways Vermont with a $5,000 donation to support its annual Community Breakfast, which was to be held in May. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s breakfast went virtual and evolved into a Housing is Healthcare fundraising campaign, and Community Bank was again honored to sponsor the nonprofit.
Pathways Vermont helps people live and thrive in the community at times in their lives when they are most distressed: when they are struggling with thoughts of suicide, or are experiencing homelessness, incarceration, institutionalization, mental health struggles or substance abuse challenges. Pathways Vermont is the first and largest Housing First organization in Vermont, providing permanent housing without requirements or barriers.
“We are thrilled that Pathways Vermont was able to ensure its annual fundraiser still took place and evolve into an online fundraising campaign,” Community Bank Commercial Banking Officer David Blow said. “Community Bank is happy to join this important cause and virtually support such a deserving organization that helps end and prevent homelessness in Vermont while also providing assistance and guidance to those in need.”
“Pathways Vermont is providing vital housing, care, and supplies to its service recipients, many of whom are particularly vulnerable to this new disease — therefore our work has taken on even greater importance,” Pathways Vermont Development Director Pat Gallagher said. “Remarkably, during this crisis, our team has housed 41 households and counting and now, more than ever, it’s clear that housing is healthcare. Having access to housing and support will help those we serve weather this storm with a roof over their head and food in their fridge.”
While many businesses have temporarily closed, Pathways Vermont has continued to provide vital care and supplies to its recipients, many of whom are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. During this crisis, Pathways to Vermont’s Housing First team has tirelessly worked to ensure Vermonters who once experienced homelessness now have a safe place to call home.
For more information on Pathways Vermont, or to donate, please visit https://www.pathwaysvermont.org/.
Pictured from left to right: Branch Manager Jon Roddy, Trust Market Manager Sean Houghton and Teller Sarah Robert.
About Community Bank System, Inc.
Community Bank System, Inc. operates more than 250 customer facilities (including branches and ATM locations) 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 approximately $11.4 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 cbna.com or ir.communitybanksystem.com.