ABA Banking Journal - January/February 2016 - (Page 12)

UPFRONT 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 long-term growth. * Financial Education: Old National Bank, Evansville, Ind. 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 year alone. 12 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. http://www.aba.com/Awards

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - January/February 2016

President's View
Picture This
Economic Outlook
Community Engagement
Cover Story: Train To Your Advantage
Filling The Trust Gap
Banking In The Sweet Spot
Safe Banking, Savvy Seniors
Human Resources
Agricultural Banking
Board Matters
ABA Compliance Center Inbox
Legal Briefs
From The States
Corporate Social Responsibility
Index of Advertisers

ABA Banking Journal - January/February 2016