Middlefield Bank offers services that will be important to the Sunbury community as it grows, Regional Executive President Charles Moore said last fall.
“We believe we’ve found a good partner in Sunbury for a branch site,” Moore said during that ceremony, Oct. 4 at 492 West Cherry Street. “One thing we make certain of, we want to complement and support the communities we serve.”
On March 16, Moore and Middlefield made good on that promise by presenting a $1,000 check to Big Walnut Friends Who Share.
“When we came into this market we knew we could make business choices, like giving people money to open an account,” Moore said during the check presentation. “We could’ve done that, but we asked (Sunbury Branch Manager) Warren (Cox) where money might better be spent in the community. We had a $1,000 budget and told new customers that for each new account, we would donate $25 to a local not-for-profit.”
Moore said customers were asked where Middlefield Bank might donate the money, and three out of four people asked said Big Walnut Friends Who Share.
“I’ve been doing this for 33 years,” Moore said. “And from the bank’s perspective, we probably picked the right place to donate these funds.”
Big Walnut Friends Who Share President Larry Tornes said the $1,000 donation came at the right time, because Friends recently had to move to a temporary location, the Community Building at Van’s Valley Community Church.
“So many in the community help Big Walnut Friends Who Share,” Tornes said. “Schools, churches, the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, individual donors and volunteers, and now Middlefield Bank. I’ve always said, this community is outstanding with its giving.”
Tornes said the $1,000 donation from Middlefield Bank would help take a burden off the shoulders of Friends Who Share at a time when they have had to move.
“This money will certainly be put to good use,” Tornes added.
Van’s Valley Community Church, the temporary home of Big Walnut Friends Who Share, is at 14440 State Route 37 East, approximately three miles east of Sunbury on State Route 37 East going towards Johnstown. The new Friends Who Share Store in the Church will be open to those in need on Wednesday mornings from 9 until 11:30 a.m., and during the evening on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
On the second Saturday of each month, senior citizens can visit the new Friends Who Share Store from 10 a.m. until noon. Volunteers help out at the center from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays. The store accepts donated items on Mondays from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
To volunteer, to donate needed items, or to make a financial contribution to Friends Who Share projects, call 740-965-9596.
Cash donations may be sent to Big Walnut Friends Who Share, P.O. Box 424, Sunbury 43074.
Big Walnut Friends Who Share can be found on the Internet at bigwalnutfriendswhoshare.org. Vans Valley Community Church is online at vansvalleycommunitychurch.org.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.
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