The Customers Bank Reading Tree has returned at the Reading Fightin Phils’ First Energy Stadium this season. Angie Lattanzio, Vice President, Sales Office Manager, enjoyed reading to some younger Fightins fans during a recent home game.
Our Team Members recently participated in United Way of Berks County’s Day of Caring event at Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, PA. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help Bethany with a little spring cleaning!
Customers Bank’s outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Ehst, and his wife, Angela Ehst, are the United Way of Berks County’s 2021 United Way Campaign Chairs! On Thursday, May 20, Dick and Angela participated in their first official event during UW Berks’ virtual Celebrate United event.
Customers Bank is proud to support Project Freedom, Inc., a non-profit organization that develops, operates, and advocates for accessible and affordable housing for individuals with disabilities!
The Veterans Coalition of Pennsylvania has been assisting local Veterans and their families for years. During Military Appreciation Month and beyond, Customers Bank is honored to support its mission of connecting these heroes with much-needed resources. On Saturday, May 8, we presented the organization with a check for $20,000 during its monthly Reading Stand Down event to feed and clothe area veterans.
Customers Bank is proud to join the Greater Philadelphia Financial Services Leadership Coalition, a consortium of local financial institutions working to establish a $100 million fund for Philadelphia-area minority-owned businesses!
Minority-owned businesses, which already faced systemic disadvantages pre-pandemic, have been among some of the hardest hit during the recent economic downturn. Born out of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s Recharge and Recovery PHL Initiative, this fund will seek to increase access to capital for these businesses through loans, grants, and community financing.
We are excited to continue working with local banks, CDFIs, the City of Philadelphia Government, and the Chamber on this important initiative.
Customers Bank Supports the Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Customers Bank is proud to support the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia as they expand their offices into South Philadelphia! Located on historic East Passyunk Avenue, this new satellite office will provide nearby small businesses with direct access to economic recovery services and help foster job creation.
A modern world requires a modern approach to education
That’s why Customers Bank is proud to support Liguori Academy, a private, non-profit high school in Philadelphia’s Olde Richmond neighborhood that takes an individualized and technology-driven approach to learning. This funding will be used to support their mission of preparing the next generation of leaders to change the world.
Customers Bank Partners with Other Banks to Provide $650,000 in Loans to Small Businesses
Customers Bank recognizes small businesses are the backbone of our economy. The bank partnered with Univest Financial, Bryn Mawr Trust, OceanFirst Bank and WSFS Bank to provide $650,000 in loans to small businesses in Philadelphia as part of the Micro-Loan Recovery Program partnership.
Customers Bank Serves as Title Sponsor for The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s Annual Diversity and Inclusion Programming
Customers Bank is pleased to be the Title Sponsor of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s annual Diversity and Inclusion programming. During the virtual event we introduced participants to AnNette Hines, Customers Bank’s Director of Cultural Advancement and Chairperson of the EDIFY (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion For You) Council.
Customers Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia’s Sharswood Project with $750,000 Affordable Housing Contribution
Customers Bank’s President and CEO Richard Ehst was honored to participate in a Facebook Live home dedication ceremony to congratulate the newest homeowner in Sharswood, the North Central Philadelphia neighborhood. Affordable housing for families is a critical component of a community’s economic stability and growth. The bank contributed $750,000 in 2019 through the Affordable Housing Program that is part of its commitment to investing in the communities it serves.
Customers Bank Sponsors Alvernia University’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
Customers Bank is proud to join the sponsors of Alvernia University’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, part of the university’s new Reading CollegeTowne initiative. As part of the continued relationship with Alvernia University to further business development and economic revitalization throughout the region, the bank will offer experiential learning opportunities and Small Business Administration loans to early-stage entrepreneurs.
Customers Bank Donates $25,000 to Reading Hospital Foundation
Customers Bank was proud to donate $25,000 to Reading Hospital Foundation to help fund the hospital’s clinical research and provide PPE for frontline healthcare workers. Dick Ehst, president and CEO of Customers Bank, presented the donation to Katherine Thorton, the foundation’s president, and William Jennings, Reading Hospital’s president and CEO.
Customers Bank Provides 95 New Bikes and Helmets to Elementary Students Participating in the Books for Bikes Program
Despite COVID, our partners – United Way of Berks, YMCA of Reading, and the Alvernia University South Reading Youth Initiative – were able to conduct a safe and successful summer reading program through four different centers. The coordinated program had more than 100 students participating and 95 successfully completed the program to earn a new bicycle provided by Customers Bank. New to the program this year is the national organization, Bikes for Kids. They were able to supply us with the bikes, which are in very short supply around the nation due to the pandemic. The 44 smaller bikes for pre-school, kindergarten and first-grade learners came “some assembly required.” Fortunately, we have some real mechanics on our team. This team, with some friends from the United Way and Alvernia, built them all and performed safety checks. Bikes were delivered to the children during the last couple of weeks in August!
Nationwide Community Giving Amid COVID-19
As COVID-19 affected communities and families around the world, Customers Bank reached out to organizations who were serving those directly impacted in our footprint to offer financial support. The bank has committed to donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to nonprofits around the country.
Supporting Access to Education Amid COVID-19
Customers Bank was proud to donate to the Reading Area Community College emergency fund to assist students during these unprecedented times. The bank has been a longtime supporter of RACC and the educational opportunities they provide to the Reading community.
Customers Bank Awards $200,000 to Alvernia University’s South Reading Youth Initiative
Customers Bank was proud to present $200,000 to Alvernia University’s South Reading Youth Initiative to recognize our continued support of our longstanding partnership with the City of Reading and its students.
Customers Bank Supports Reading Area Community College Veteran Scholarship Program
A Reading Area Community College scholarship program, intended to support career-vocational training for vets and those actively serving in the Reserves or National Guard, was created to support the educational pursuits of actively serving National Guard or Reservists, or those who have been honorably discharged from their military service, and who are ineligible for GI Bill and other education benefits provided by other education programs. In February, Customers Bank celebrated the launch of the scholarship fund and awarded the first round of scholarships to students.
Customers Bank Awards Scholarships to Students at Philadelphia’s Zion Baptist Church
Customers Bank was proud to award $25,000 in scholarships to students at Philadelphia’s Zion Baptist Church. The scholarships memorialize Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, a pastor, social rights activist and civil rights leader, and were awarded to five students who exemplify his memory. The scholarships are part of the Bank’s commitment to foster educational opportunities and honor the memory of Dr. Sullivan.
Customers Bank supports GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading
Customers Bank was proud to make a donation to GoggleWorks Center for the Arts! The five-story factory turned community arts center supports creativity and expression for residents in Reading, PA. They offer classes and programs that allow individuals to develop skills, ask questions and experiment freely.
Customers Bank Team Members Support Holiday Giving
Team Members across our footprint collected toys and gifts for several charitable organizations in their local areas. Team Members partnered with the Trenton Soup Kitchen, Toys for Tots, YMCA of Reading and Berks Day Care Centers, and the Wish Come True Organization to give back to their communities and celebrate the true spirit of the season.
Customers Bank Donates to Organizations Supporting Veterans
Customer Bank presented donations to Veterans Making A Difference and the Keystone Warriors Foundation to support health, housing and care services for veterans. We were honored to give to organizations that recognize the needs of veterans who gave so much for our country.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Penn State Berks Campus
Customers Bank sponsored the Walk to End Alzheimer’s that was held at Penn State Berks. In addition to the sponsorship, Team Members were on hand to volunteer and help walkers as they raised funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s research efforts!
Customers Bank Partners with the Greater Reading Young Professionals to Support Habitat for Humanity
Customers Bank is proud to support the Greater Reading Young Professionals and their efforts to raise $25,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Berks County. To double the impact of GRYP’s fundraising initiative, Customers Bank will match the $25,000 that is raised for the non-profit organization.
Leisawitz Heller partners with Customers Bank to Donate over $35,000
Leisawitz Heller partnered with Customers Bank to present donations to New Journey Community Outreach Inc., Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County and Albright College, totaling more than $35,000! Leisawitz Heller’s support of the three organizations was made possible by Customers Bank’s Community Support Program, which enables customers to give back and support a charity or multiple charities of their choosing. Each year, the program helps to generate necessary funds to support local organizations, charities and programs. Customers Bank’s Community Support Program also helps businesses foster and sustain relationships with local organizations.
Customers Bank Named one of Philadelphia Business Journal 2019 Healthiest Employers
Customers Bank has been named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 Healthiest Employers! The Healthiest Employers program is conducted annually by PBJ to recognize organizations that go beyond simply offering typical health benefits. We’re proud to be recognized for our commitment to helping Team Members prioritize physical and mental health and wellness.
Customers Bank and Medgar Evers College Present Opportunity Zones Forum
Customers Bank partnered with Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, New York to host a special event focused on how communities and organizations can further economic development through Opportunity Zones. Bank President and COO, Richard Ehst, joined key stakeholders, business leaders, economic development leaders and students for the event. The forum is part of a broader plan to create a national template for the Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunity (CEO) that will be housed at Medgar Evers College’s School of Business.
Customers Bank Joins Cents Ability to Ring the NYSE Opening Bell
Customers Bank Team Members Nia Rock and Tony Mercado joined Cents Ability, Inc. Executive Director Roy Paul as he rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The Bank is proud to support the organization in achieving its mission to educate high school students about financial literacy and management.
Customers Bank Recognized by United Way of Berks County
Customers Bank celebrated a successful year of service and giving at the 56th Annual United Way of Berks County Award Dinner. We were honored to receive the Eagle Award, for the 5th consecutive year, and the Tradition in Caring Award. The Bank was recognized for our strong commitment to corporate leadership, employee giving and volunteering, and support of key programs like Ready.Set.READ! and the Loaned Campaign Specialist & Accountant Programs.
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Breaks Ground in Sharswood
Customers Bank SVP, Joe Schupp, joined Habitat for Humanity CEO, Corinne O’Connell, Philadelphia City Council President, Darrell Clarke, Representative Donna Bullock, City of Philadelphia Director of Planning and Development, Anne Fadullon, and Sharswood Brewerytown NAC Executive Director, Darnetta Arce, to break ground on 20 homes in the Sharswood neighborhood of Lower North Philadelphia. We’re proud to contribute to funding this important neighborhood revitalization project!
Philadelphia Business Journal Power Breakfast
Jay Sidhu, Customers Bank Chairman and CEO, joined other banking executives and technology professionals for a deep dive discussion about 21st century banking at Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power Breakfast.
Jay Sidhu Honored as Penn State Berks Graduation Commencement Speaker
Jay Sidhu, Customers Bank Chairman and CEO, was honored to offer the commencement address to Penn State Berks graduates and their families on May 4th. Jay highlighted lessons he learned in his own career and encouraged students to make their mark in the community and in the world, “. . . to be successful in life, you must have a vision or a dream and a plan to achieve that vision. I believe that the future is not something we just enter. The future is something, with God’s help, we create.”
2019 Reading Tree Program Kick-Off
Customers Bank’s Dick Ehst, Tim Romig and other Team Members joined United Way of Berks County’s Yamil Sanchez Rivera to kick-off the 2019 Ready. Set. READ Reading Tree Program at the Reading Fightin Phils game on April 14th. Throughout the baseball season, Team Members will read to children between innings at more than 50 home games.
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Top Minority Lender
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has named Customers Bank the top minority lender for the second year in a row. Team Member Elsie Maduro, Vice President and CRA Mortgage Officer, was also recognized by PHFA for the second year in a row as the top originator of loans to homebuyers. We are very honored to be recognized for our commitment to community development and diversity.
New Jersey Community Capital, East Trenton Collaborative
Customers Bank has awarded over $140,000 to New Jersey Community Capital. The funds will support the organization’s East Trenton Collaborative, a neighborhood revitalization initiative focused on promoting a community-driven neighborhood planning process.
Customers Bank at the Westchester Business Expo
Team Members Maria Hartigan & Zoe Mountroukas were on-site at the Westchester Business Expo. They enjoyed networking with local business leaders and community members and sharing information about how Customers Bank supports our business & personal banking customer.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County
Customers Bank gifted a donation of $7,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County. The donation was presented by Jonathan Klass, SVP and relationship manager for the Bank’s Bucks County Commercial Lending team. The funds will be used to support a number of different initiatives throughout the course of the year.
2019 Youth Leadership Conference
Customers Bank Team Members joined Reading and Berks area students on March 8th for the 2019 Youth Leadership Conference. The event was organized by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance to give young people access to mentorship and the opportunity to learn about career options. Team Members enjoyed discussing the importance of education and sharing their personal career stories with students.
Read Alliance Literacy Programs
On March 13th, representatives from Customers Bank presented $25,000 to Read Alliance to support literacy programs for kindergarten through second grade students and career readiness for teen tutors throughout all boroughs in New York City. Read Alliance’s dual-impact programming allows for both elementary grade and high school students to benefit from learning and leadership opportunities!
Big Cheese Berks
23 Team Members came together over two days to package mac and cheese and rice and beans to help fight hunger in Berks County, making Big Cheese Berks the largest United Way driven meal packaging event in the country!
2018 United Way of Berks County’s Day of Caring
Customers Bank team members participated in the 2018 United Way of Berks County’s Day of Caring. The group helped prepare 2,500 newsletters for mailing and power washed a playground area on-site at Camp Lilly Berks, a day camp designed to provide a summer camp experience for children and young adults with disabilities.
Penn State Berks Homework Hotline
Customers Bank is proud to sponsor the Penn State Berks Homework Hotline! Our donation will be used to support the free math tutoring program for the 2018–2019 academic year and fund marketing, publicity, and outreach efforts to students, parents, and educators in Berks County school districts.
The goal of the initiative is to help students in our region succeed and compete in the global economy.
Cradles to Crayons
The team had a lot of fun and worked hard while volunteering for Cradles to Crayons. Great effort by all who were able to join.