Community Bank Recognized for Community Service – Eagle News Online

CAZENOVIA – Recently, Community Bank, NA named its Cazenovia office as the winner of its annual Branch Community Award, which recognizes a branch in each region for unparalleled service to the local community.

The Cazenovia office was selected from among more than 40 agencies in the Center Region.

“Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is what I believe sets us apart in this community,” said Barbara Houghton, District Manager of Community Bank. “This is the first time that the Cazenovia office has been selected for this award. As an employee, it’s such a great honor. . .”

According to Houghton, Cazenovia staff decided to use their award to fund a $1,000 donation to Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), a local nonprofit that serves people 55 and older in the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner regions.

CRIS’s mission is to develop and coordinate support services that help seniors maintain their independence, stay active and engaged in the community, and live comfortably and safely in their homes for as long as possible.

Houghton presented the donation check to CRIS Executive Director Karisha Solomon and the organization’s Board of Directors on March 9.

“I know that as a small organization, [CRIS can get] overlooked,” Houghton said. “At times like this, our donation can truly help those who need it most, which makes us all very proud to have chosen them.”

According to Solomon, the funds will help CRIS continue to provide supportive services and attractive opportunities for older people.

Throughout March and April, CRIS will be providing care homes and healthcare workers with Girl Scout cookies, cards and crafts.

“CRIS is proud to continue to reach out to members of our community who may be isolated [and] depression, and to the professionals who help our seniors,” Solomon said.

She added that the organization also has programs planned for this summer and continues to offer its medical transportation program and the Bernie Bus at Oneida Walmart.

Community members interested in becoming volunteer drivers or volunteering to help with cookie and card baskets, card stamping and/or book deliveries should contact Volunteer Coordinator Allisyn Roszel at [email protected] to add to the monthly volunteer request and offer emails.

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