Local First Program

Local First

Pennian Bank is committed to supporting the organizations that better the lives of those in the communities where we live and work. In August 2020, we released the Local First Program, a cost-free way for local organizations to get quarterly donations from the Bank.

How does it work?

Any organization with 501c status or a recent 990 tax
return, and a Pennian Bank account, can apply. Once an organization is
approved, they are tasked with gaining 20 “supporters.” Supporters are those
with an eligible Pennian Bank account type that designate their account to the
organization. Supporter forms and additional information are found here.

Once the organization gets to 20 supporters, a percentage of
the average monthly balance of the supporters’ accounts is calculated,
resulting in a donation for that quarter. The best part? No money is ever
taken from the supporters’ accounts! Donations are made directly from Pennian. It’s
a cost free way for our customers to support their favorite local organization.

Recently, Join HandsMinistry was the first organization to receive a
quarterly donation from this program. They were the first to join and they
quickly reached 20 supporters.

Here’s a little more about Join Hands:

About: They are a
collaborative community outreach program, providing direction, intervention and
support to persons facing a variety of daily living challenges in Perry County.


  • Links to faith-based counseling
  • Life skill support
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Financial planning
  • Emergency heat response
  • Back to school and holiday assistance
  • Automotive repair and more

Ways to Help: Aside from participation in the Local First Program, Join Hands accepts

We are proud to support Join Hands and hope you will
consider supporting them how you are able!

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