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    Community Bank of Florida Steps Up as WeCare Trustee

    Last updated 6 months ago

    CBF took the partnership with WeCare of South Dade, Inc. to a new level- as their first Trustee Sponsor. This level of support underlines the confidence Community Bank has in the services that WeCare provides to our community. It is both parties’ hope that other organizations will also step up to support them as Trustees.

    WeCare is a great resource and is responsive to resident needs. They formed the South Dade Out-of-School Collaborative to provide free, quality after-school programs in Homestead/Florida City. Eight community-based organizations now offer after-school programs, after completing workshops WeCare provided on nutrition, homework assistance and tutoring. WeCare partnered with the City of Homestead to form the Homestead Energy “Lend-A-Hand” Program (HELP), a utilities assistance program for low-income residents.

    They also provide a wealth of information, creating a directory of social services and conducting an annual community needs assessment, a comprehensive report that identifies gaps in services in our area. In addition, they provide information on community events, funding opportunities and job postings. Each year, more than 500 individuals are linked to services and resources through their office. Aside from providing information, they also provide hands on support, training and networking opportunities to local non-profits.

    WeCare of South Dade, Inc. has more than 100 members representing every aspect of human service – health, education, emergency shelter and assistance, child development, entrepreneur training, domestic violence, farmworker aid and assistance, elder care, and more.  Visit www.wecareofsouthdade.gov for more information or to make a donation today.

    PHOTO: (left to right) Community Bank employee and WeCare Treasurer, Renee Reichling presents the check to Kametra Driver, WeCare Executive Director 

    Iris Colmenar's Big Milestone!

    Last updated 6 months ago

    CBF is proud to celebrate Iris Colmenar’s 15th anniversary with the bank. Iris is a personal banker at our Main Office and joined the team with extensive customer service experience. She has set a standard for account opening and is often seen training new employees. She’s also been consistently named a “top performer” for meeting her goals and has earned multiple weekend getaways because of it.

    Iris is a graduate of Homestead Senior High and Miami Dade College. Her free time is spent with her husband and two children. She enjoys the convenience of living and working in Homestead and feels that Homestead is a great town to live in. We have so many things we can do as a family here now."

    PHOTO: Iris Colmenar, Personal Banker

    Got a Dream? Florida Bankers Launch Campaign to Make Dreams Come True

    Last updated 7 months ago

    10 Florida Winners Will Be Chosen to Have a $5,000 Dream Funded by Members of the Florida Bankers Association 

     

    TALLAHASSEE – Florida bankers are in the business of funding dreams, from helping Floridians purchase a car or home to starting a business or paying for college. Now, the Florida Bankers Association has launched a new contest aimed to grow awareness about the role bankers play in making dreams come true called, “Bank On My Dream.”

    Through the contest, 10 Floridians will have a $5,000 dream come true, compliments of the Florida Bankers Association and its member banks. To qualify for consideration, the dream must be nominated by a Florida nonprofit organization and must be attainable with the $5,000 cash prize.

    “Bankers partner with Floridians to make their dreams come true every day,” said Alex Sanchez, president and CEO of the Florida Bankers Association. “Sometimes, a small investment can have a big impact. This contest will demonstrate how $5,000 can make important dreams come true for 10 Floridians.”

    Florida nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate Floridians they serve or who are known to them. The nonprofits must agree to administer the funds and use them to fulfill the dream, which must be attainable with a $5,000 prize. The dream may be anything from buying school supplies for foster children, to building a website for someone starting a new business, to buying a car so someone can have reliable transportation to get to work.

    Nominations may take the form of a narrative or a video, which may be submitted via the BankOnMyDream.com website. After all nominations have been submitted, the public will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite nominees. Following the voting period, a panel of judges will select two winners a week for five weeks, to be announced in June and July.

    Florida bankers play an ongoing role in helping Floridians make their dreams come true, including dreams of owning a home and starting or growing a business:

    •  In 2012 alone, Florida financial institutions funded 461,771 mortgage loans totaling nearly $90 billion.
    •   In 2013, Florida banks made 48,473 business loans ranging from thousands of dollars to $1 million: 33,261 were less than $100,000; 8,018 were between $100,000 to $250,000; 7,194 were $250,000 to $1 million.
    •   Banks and their employees also are active members of their communities, sponsoring soccer and little league teams, supporting local Boys & Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity efforts, volunteering on non-profit boards and much more.

    ?The Florida Bankers Association (FBA) serves as the primary resource through which Florida financial service providers work in unity to influence the state and federal legal regulatory environment in which they serve their customers. Established in 1888, the FBA is one of Florida’s oldest trade associations and has a membership of approximately 300 financial institutions ranging in size from small community banks, thrifts and trust companies, to medium-sized banks operating in several parts of the state, to large regional financial institutions that are headquartered in Florida or outside the state. 

     

    In support of Education

    Last updated 7 months ago

    CBF is pleased to once again sponsor the Pi Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in their 15th annual Purple & Gold Ball. The event is the main fundraiser for their Academy of Scholars, a program that provides college grants to local high school seniors. The fraternity believes education leads to nurturing, mentoring and molding youth to become citizens that ‘give back’ to the community. Each year they strive to make a larger impact by increasing the number of scholarships they award.

    The Purple & Gold Ball is a formal affair featuring fine cuisine, live entertainment, an elegant setting with a purpose to help fulfill a promise. It will be held on April 25, 2014 at Jungle Island. It’s not too late to support the event or purchase tickets. For more information, visit pgball@pinuchapter.org

    Photo: CBF’s Senior Vice President and Omega Psi Phi Member Willie Carpenter presents the check to Harold Ford, Omega Psi Phi Purple & Gold Ball Program Chair 

    2014 Catboat Regatta

    Last updated 7 months ago

    CBF was proud to once again partner with the Upper Keys Sailboat Club to hold their 3rd Annual Key Largo Catboat Regatta. It was a beautiful weekend and a great time was had by all the guests. The weekend activities included a Sunset Party on Friday night, back to back racing all day Saturday, followed by an awards dinner.  

    Photo 1 - The race is on!

    Photo 2 - The Upper Keys Sailing Club Patrol

    Photo 3 - Connie Fleming; CBF's Cindy Kendall and Evelyn Guilfoyle; Upper Keys Sailboat Club Member Marylou Chambers and our Keys Board Member, Bill Andersen

    Photo 4 - CBF Helpers: Evelyn Guilfoyle, Marylou Chambers, Yuleissi Lopez, Maria McGlocklin and Bette Brown

     

     

    • The Race is On
    • Upper Keys Sailing Club Officials
    • Enjoying the awards dinner
    • CBF Helpers

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