Summit Community Bank Looks to Continue Successful Partnership with Capital Area United Way in 2013

East Lansing, Mich. (January 31, 2013) United Way’s community giving campaign in the workplace is about bringing people together to tackle difficult community issues. Summit Community Bank has been an important partner over the years, promoting “Buy Local. Bank Local. Be Local,” noted John W. Abbott, President and CEO of Summit Community Bank. “You can now add, ‘Give Local’ to that list thanks to our partnership with the Capital Area United Way.”

Abbott said Summit Community Bank employees have always been very generous supporters of the United Way. “Last year our employees contributed $11,500.00, a 20 percent increase over 2011 donations to the United Way, and the Bank contributed $2,000 to the United Way fund,” Abbott said. “Making it convenient to participate in United Way workplace giving allows our employees the opportunity to learn about our community’s needs and it gives them a convenient opportunity to get involved.  That’s what community banking is all about.”

United Way president, Teresa Kmetz, noted that through research and community input, Capital Area United Way has learned that student achievement, basic needs, and family financial security are of most concern in the capital area.  “Without partnerships such as with Summit Community Bank, our work to change lives would be very challenging,” said Kmetz.  “It’s a great way for individual employees to participate in improving lives.”

Summit Community Bank appreciates that money employees and the Bank contributes will have the maximum impact on the most critical needs facing the Capital region.  “Summit Community Bank believes in investing in the communities we serve and we understand that when our communities succeed, we do too. With all the needs and good causes out there, choosing where to donate can feel overwhelming for anyone,” Abbott added. “That is why our employees value and support United Way.”

Abbott called Summit Community Bank’s partnership with the Capital Area United Way a hallmark of its community commitment. “It’s a tremendous tool for Summit Community Bank to make a difference.”

About Summit Community Bank
Summit Community Bank is a full service financial institution with banking offices in East Lansing and Okemos and a Home Loan Center in Lansing.  The Bank was formed 10 years ago by local business leaders with an emphasis on the customer and the community. For more information, please visit or call the Bank at 517.664.1912.


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