This week marks Community Banking Week at the city's three Northwest Savings Bank locations. The event runs from April 4 through 8 and features unique activities and giveaways at each of the offices.
A release issued by the bank regarding the annual event quotes Linda Decker, manager of the downtown office, and Scott Dahl, manager of the St. Marys Plaza office, as stating, "[Community Banking Week] gives us a chance to [express our appreciation] to our customers and our hometown communities. This year, the theme of the week is 'Making a Difference on Main Street,' and we think that it's a happy coincidence that the Pennsylvania Community Bankers, the industry group that sets our theme each year, chose a theme so close to our bank's saying that 'Northwest is the bank where people make the difference.' We've always felt that the people who make the difference at our bank are our customers and our neighbors, as well as our staff, so we invite all our friends from the St. Marys area to visit us at our offices during Community Banking Week."
In an effort to reach out to various facets of the community, the representatives from various area organizations will be on hand at bank offices throughout the week.
At Northwest's downtown office, D.J. Marconi was on hand Monday to provide patrons with information about geocaching; yesterday, Jim Campbell was present to provide people with information on Shriner's Hospitals for Children; today, brochures are being handed out to provide information on preparing a basic survival kit; Thursday, a representative from Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Assault (CAPSEA) will be on hand from 12 to 4 p.m.; and Friday will feature a representative from the Christian Food Bank. A scavenger hunt is also being held, where individuals have to answer various questions about the downtown St. Marys area and a coloring contest is being held for children.
The downtown office also has a fundraiser display for Letters From Home and is collecting socks for soldiers in Charlie Company who are currently serving in Afghanistan. People are asked to bring in new, white men's or women's socks.
"We've been trying to collect socks last week and this week," said Teresa Riddle, a teller at Northwest's downtown location, who noted that, so far, not many donations have been received. "[Letters From Home] is packaging things up on Sunday, so [the collection] is running until Friday."