ABA Banking Journal - January/February 2016 - (Page 12)
ABA Recognizes Outstanding
Contributions to the Community
Six banks were honored at the ABA Annual Convention
in November with the 2015 Community Commitment
Awards. Sponsored by the ABA Foundation, the awards
celebrate exceptional contributions to economic growth,
community development and enhancing the quality of
life in banks' market areas.
* Affordable Housing: HomeStreet Bank, Seattle
HomeStreet Bank's Hometown Home Loan program
provides comprehensive financial education, down
payment assistance and closing cost reduction to
employees of more than 150 public- and privatesector partner organizations. The program has helped
thousands of first-time and low-to-moderate-income
employees since its inception in 1994.
* Community and Economic Development:
Banco Popular, San Juan, P.R.
Popular's Echar Pa'lante program helps strengthen
the Puerto Rico's entrepreneurial and educational
ecosystems to establish a foundation for
* Financial Education: Old National Bank,
Old National Bank's 12 Steps to Financial Success
program gives at-risk adults the education and tools
they need to achieve financial success and take control
of their futures.
* Nontraditional Borrowers and the Underbanked:
BankPlus, Ridgeland, Miss.
Since 2008, more than 22,000 Mississippians have
attended seminars for CreditPlus, BankPlus' antipredatory lending program. The program educates
participants about credit-related issues, including how
to improve their credit scores.
* Protecting Older Americans:
First Financial Bank, Abilene, Texas
First Financial Bank partners with law enforcement
and community organizations to protect vulnerable
senior citizens in its communities. The bank's Financial
Exploitation Education program provides regular
workshops, and its efforts on behalf of seniors have
prevented losses in excess of $1 million in the past
ABA BANKING JOURNAL | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016
ABA's Rob Nichols (center) with winners of the
Community Commitment Awards.
* Volunteerism: Inland Bank & Trust, Oak Brook, Ill.
Inland Bank's Road to Recovery program provides paid
time off and mileage reimbursement for employees who
volunteer with the American Cancer Society and drive
cancer patients to and from treatment appointments.
Receiving the George Bailey Distinguished Service Award
was Ben Joergens, financial empowerment officer for Old
National Bank. Named after the community banker hero
of It's a Wonderful Life, the Bailey Award recognizes a
non-CEO bank employee who demonstrates outstanding
initiative, effectiveness and inspiration to others.
Joergens is passionate about financial education. In
2014 alone, he partnered with 27 different nonprofit
organizations, schools and universities to provide financial
literacy presentation to over 3,500 adults and 1,500
children. He is also actively involved with rehabilitation
organizations and shelters to educate and empower atrisk individuals to achieve financial success. Joergens
developed Old National's award-winning 12 Steps to
Financial Success program.
"Ben Joergens' passion for helping others is truly what
drives our approach to financial education," said Bob
Jones, Old National's president and CEO. "We are thrilled
that he, and Old National, are being recognized with this
prestigious honor." Learn more at aba.com/Awards.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - January/February 2016
Cover Story: Train To Your Advantage
Filling The Trust Gap
Banking In The Sweet Spot
Safe Banking, Savvy Seniors
ABA Compliance Center Inbox
From The States
Corporate Social Responsibility
Index of Advertisers
ABA Banking Journal - January/February 2016