FNCB Bank Supports Local Groups

FNCB Bank recently donated $20,000 through the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Assistance Project Tax Credit Program to the Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency for its Pre-Kindergarten Center of Excellence project. FNCB’s donation helped the SLHDA purchase the historic former Holy Rosary School in Scranton. The organization’s goal is to start offering in-person pre-school education services to children of low-income families this fall.

Shown from left: Katie Blake, SLHDACommunity Development Coordinator; Richard Drust, FNCB Bank Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Officer; Deb Kennedy, FNCB Bank Vice President, Retail Market Manager; Jim Wansacz, SLHDA Executive Director; and Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank President and CEO.

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FNCB Bank presents a $10,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program donation to NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania for its Beautiful Blocks Program. Beautiful Blocks Program provides matching grants of up to $1,000 per property to groups of five or more Scranton residents to help them make exterior improvements to their homes.

From left: Stephanie Westington, FNCB Bank Senior Vice President, Controller; Jesse Ergott, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania President & CEO, and Lisa Kinney, FNCB Bank Senior Vice President, Retail Lending Officer.

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FNCB Bank, locally based since 1910, supports the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania with a $1,000 donation to help them meet the needs of our local community.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of the largest, and longest operating, nonprofit organizations in the region.  The agency’s purpose is to meet the needs of local low-income families, seniors, youth, and new immigrants while also empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. The donation represents part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative. Through outreach programs, donations and an employee volunteer network, FNCB is committed to helping the communities they serve.

Pictured from left are: Lisa Durkin, United Neighborhood Centers President & CEO, and Michael Cummings, FNCB Bank Vice President, Marketing Manager.

Dunmore Groups Nominated for SAGE Awards

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2021 SAGE Awards, the Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. 

Among the finalists from Dunmore are Fidelity Bank, FNCB Bank, DePietro’s Pharmacy, Dearly Departed Players at Dunmore Cemetery, and Space Time Mead & Cider Works.

The winners will be announced on Friday, March 19, at the Chamber Gala, a hybrid event held at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center and live via Zoom.

This year’s SAGE Awards have been enhanced to honor and recognize the innovation our local businesses employed due to COVID-19. In addition, the new IMPACT Award for 2021 iincludes three categories: Community Outreach, People and Culture, and Products and Services. 

Close to 100 applications were received for this year’s awards and nearly 40 community leaders and professionals volunteered to review applications and select finalists. The finalists, in each category, are: Best Practices in Community Involvement, Coal Creative, Scranton Area Community Foundation, Valhalla Veterans Services; Best Practices in Customer Service, Center City Print, Maternal and Family Health Services, Tech42 LLC.

Best Practices in Marketing and Communications,m Horizon Dental Care, Inspired Studio, Posture Interactive; Business of the Year, Benco Dental, Fidelity Bank, Horizon Dental Care; Hometown Star, Dearly Departed Players at Dunmore Cemetery, Scranton Memorial Park at Scranton High School; Food for All Campaign at The Settlers Inn.

Impact: Community Outreach, Center City Print, DePietro’s Pharmacy, FNCB Bank; Impact: People and Culture, DePietro’s Pharmacy, Golden Technologies, Penn Foster, Impact: Products and Services, DePietro’s Pharmacy, Hemotology & Oncology Associates of NEPA, Woodloch Resort.

New and Emerging Business of the Year: Birdhouse Outdoor, Scholars in Training Preschool, Space Time Mead & Cider Works;  Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Camp Freedom, Inc., Keystone Mission, Maternal & Family Health Services; Small Business of the Year, Center City Print, PennWood Financial Group, United Sports Academy.

In addition, all award finalists can also win the People’s Choice Award, where the winner will be chosen by a community wide online vote, available on www.scrantonchamber.com from Monday, March 1 through Friday, March 5.

Tax Credit Donation Benefits Marywood’s Momentum Program

From Left: Patricia Rosetti, Marywood University’s leadership annual giving officer, and Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank president and CEO.

FNCB Bank presents a $6,000 Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation to Marywood University’s Momentum Program. Marywood University’s Momentum Program provides high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to get a head start on college by enrolling in college level courses. Students can choose from a variety of courses, most often liberal arts courses, during the fall, spring, and summer semesters through to high school graduation.

Since 2010, FNCB has contributed nearly $2 million dollars to local educational and scholarship organizations through the EITC program. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis for contributions to EITC approved organizations like Marywood University. 

The support of Marywood University is part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative. As a true, local community bank, FNCB Bank is making a difference through volunteerism, donations, and outreach programs. FNCB Bank, locally-based for 110 years, continues as one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier community banks—offering a full suite of personal, small business, mortgage and commercial banking solutions with industry-leading mobile online and in-branch products and services. FNCB remains dedicated to the communities they serve with an on-going mission to make your banking experience simply better.