Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013
For just over six years, Bippus State Bank employees have been raising money to help families in the community who are less fortunate. And this month, the total amount raised by their Huntington County offices surpassed the $10,000 mark. In the fall of 2006, BSB employee, Dawn Downs, was granted permission to start a program that allowed employees to wear jeans every Friday for a $2 donation. This money is deposited to a “Jeans Fund” and used throughout the year to give back to the community. “Our BSB team is fantastic!” says Downs. “We get to wear jeans to work and, in-turn, are helping our community. We love it!”
Each year in August, BSB donates to LOVE INC of Huntington County’s Back-to-School fair by purchasing clothing items such as jeans, socks, and underwear for underprivileged children. Through the Jeans Fund, BSB employees have donated $4,226 of clothing to support this program. Another program through LOVE INC that has received over $5,000 of BSB’s funding is their Adopt-a-Family program at Christmastime. Since 2007, BSB has adopted over 30 families, totaling more than 120 children. Through this program, LOVE INC provides BSB with wish lists from families that include the needs and likes of each child. BSB employees volunteer their time to shop for and wrap these gifts which are delivered to the families as gifts from Santa. “We are all eager to pitch in and do what we can,” Downs explains. More recently, LOVE INC began providing holiday meal lists for each family, so BSB employees now shop for meals for each of their adopted families as well. BSB has also provided other assistance to LOVE INC which includes purchasing grocery gift cards as well as donating funds to help local families pay for utilities.
At Christmastime, BSB’s Jeans Fund is also used to purchase gifts for children through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Any funds remaining in the account each year are spent on this worthy cause. BSB has purchased gifts for approximately 30 “angels” and has also donated items to The Salvation Army’s Teen Stuff-a-Stocking program since the Jeans Fund was started.
Like in Huntington County, BSB’s North Manchester office employees also raise money for their community by wearing jeans on Fridays. Through these donated funds, BSB has been able to assist programs such as Manchester Elementary School’s Christmas Angels program and Toys for Tots.
Being a community bank, Bippus State Bank is proud to have employees who are willing and eager to give back and support the community. Downs states, “We really have a lot of fun with these programs. It is very rewarding to help others. I am very proud of this goal that our employees have reached and am looking forward to reaching our new goal of $20,000.”
Founded in 1911, Bippus State Bank has four convenient locations in Huntington, Roanoke, and North Manchester. They are Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
Front Row L-R: Cathy Johnson, Janice Smyth, Crystal Smith, Jeana McElhaney, and Patty Fawcett. Back Row L-R: Ryan Warner, Cheryl Marley, Jenn Hanson, Marla Johnson, Stephanie Okuly, Angie Rittenhouse, Erin Carter, Adam Fusselman, and Dawn Downs.