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FHLBank Chicago Grant Presentation

Earlier this month, TheBANK of Edwardsville was announced as the first recipient of the 2019 Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago) Community First Awards at their member meeting. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of FHLBank Chicago's member institutions and their local partners as they work together to strengthen their communities through affordable housing and economic development initiatives. TheBANK won the award for their MyCOMMUNITY Home & Home Improvement loan programs, which assist individuals who want to own or remodel a home but may not qualify for traditional banking products. 

Along with the “braggin’ rights” that come with the award, TheBANK also received a $10,000 grant to donate to local nonprofit organizations. TheBANK split the grant between four organizations – Beyond Housing, Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc., Justine Petersen, and Prosperity Connection. Representatives from three of the four organizations were present, along with representatives from TheBANK of Edwardsville and Busey Bank during the check presentation. 

From the left, Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez (Justine Petersen Chief Operating Officer), Rob Schwartz (TheBANK SVP/Retail Banking), Galen Gondolfi (Justine Petersen Chief Communications Officer), Jimmie Howlett (Busey Bank VP/Community Development & CRA Officer), James Owen (Beyond Housing Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations), Jessica Caldwell (Beyond Housing Giving Manager), Paul Woodruff (Prosperity Connection Executive Director) and Sandy Smith (TheBANK AVP/Community Development Lender).

 FHLChicago Check Donation