Fidelity Bank recently presented non-profit organizations and educational institutions with Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funds totaling over $1.054 million. Ranging from $1,000 to $141,000 per organization, the amount of financial support the Bank has been able to provide to organizations has nearly doubled since 2019.
“We are pleased to partner with Fidelity Bank through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program,” said Melissa Turlip, Director of Programming, Commonwealth Charitable Management, Inc. “Funds were provided to twelve high schools in northeastern Pennsylvania to support Dual Enrollment programs. The funds offset the costs for participating students to earn college credits while in high school and are a huge benefit to hundreds of students.”
“As a community bank, Fidelity is proud to invest in the communities we serve,” said Daniel J. Santaniello, president and CEO, Fidelity Bank. “With so many families and school districts facing economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for funding is more important than ever. The local students who benefit from the enriched educational experiences provided by these funds are the future. We wish them great success as they pursue their educational goals and dreams.”
The EITC program provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to scholarship and educational improvement organizations. In keeping with Fidelity Bank’s commitment to support the communities it serves, the program benefits students in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Through partnerships between local businesses, parents, and scholarship organizations, EITC funding gives local students opportunities for better educational outcomes.
Fidelity Bank recently continued an annual tradition of honoring Bankers for exemplary service and achievements with a virtual celebration. Three professionals earned prestigious awards. George Czajkowski was awarded Outstanding Service Partner, Shawna Halley was recognized for Excellence in Customer Service, and Michelle Carr was named Banker of the Year.
Czajkowski is Assistant Vice President & Facilities Manager. He was recognized as Outstanding Service Partner for his extraordinary commitment to the safety and well-being of Fidelity Bankers and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the onset of the public health crisis, he immediately addressed the needs of Fidelity Bankers. He ensured Bankers were supplied with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and created work spaces in compliance with CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. Workplace adjustments included installing barriers, adding signage, and implementing sanitation processes in all offices. In the event of possible exposure, his responsiveness has been exceptional. Czajkowski has been on call constantly to ensure Banker safety. He continuously goes above and beyond to serve the Fidelity team.
Halley is a Customer Care Center Specialist. Committed to providing exceptional service, she personifies the Fidelity Model Experience with every client and Banker interaction. She is dedicated to providing an extraordinary client experience, and has proven to be a valuable team player who remains positive and productive in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
Carr is Vice President & Regional Retail Sales Manager. She was named Banker of the Year in honor of her exceptional leadership skills, and the ability to incorporate the standards of the Fidelity Model Experience into everything she does. The Fidelity Model Experience is focused on relationship banking, encouraging Bankers to fulfill their unique roles with integrity, innovation, passion, and commitment. Carr continuously seeks ways to improve processes, and she leads by example. She encourages her team to pursue their goals, and strive to reach their greatest potential. A role model to fellow Fidelity Bankers, her positive outlook helps boost morale, and inspire others.
A large number of Dunmore businesses were winners when The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce hosted its Chamber Gala in March presenting the 2021 SAGE Awards – the Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence.
Borough businesses who came up winners included Fidelity Bank, Business of the Year winner; DePietro’s Pharmacy, Impact: Community Outreach winner; Space Time Mead & Cider Works, New and Emerging Business of the Year winner; Hematology & Oncology Associates of NEPA, People’s Choice winner, and United Sports Academy, Small Business of the Year.
This year’s event was a hybrid celebration with SAGE finalists and award sponsors attending at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, while other guests enjoyed viewing parties from home via Zoom.
Chamber president, Bob Durkin, and Chamber board chair, Patrick Fricchione, opened the ceremony thanking all finalists, award sponsors, and Gala sponsors for their dedication to the NEPA community. Emcee for the evening was Thom Welby, with musical entertainment provided by Lexington Entertainment.
The SAGE Awards honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. This year, the awards were enhanced to honor and recognize the innovation our local businesses employed due to COVID-19.