ChoiceOne Bank continues to focus on corporate social responsibility as they grow in West Michigan. ChoiceOne Bank and Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership (MOCAP) worked together to help the senior citizens in Muskegon County.
ChoiceOne Bank employees participating in a volunteer day with Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partners. From left, Mortgage Lending Officer, Greg Vargas and Branch Manager, Eunice Lopez-Martin.
“As the local community bank, our employees look for ways to help people in our communities,” said President and CEO Kelly Potes. “A group of ChoiceOne Bank employees and the Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership worked together to help the seniors in Muskegon County.”
The day was led by Vice President, Commercial Lender and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer Patricia Brown. The team of ChoiceOne Bank employees packaged 332 Meal Boxes for distribution in Muskegon County. Now 332 senior citizens will have meals for the next month. Meals are provided to a senior citizen who is at 130% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. For one person that is an income of less than $15,782 for a household of two. They cannot earn more than $21,398 combined.
“As I always say, we are small, but we are mighty,” said Brown. “We are a group of ordinary people doing extraordinary things! It is about the desire to give of our own time.”
MOCAP is a private nonprofit organization that works with community partners to address hardship in Muskegon county and Oceana county. They fight to end poverty. Some of the programs include an energy assistance program, food assistance program, rent assistance, water programs, and homebuyers’ programs. MOCAP has many opportunities for people to get involved through volunteering and donating. For more information see https://mocap1.org.
“ChoiceOne Bank has been an advocate for our communities for over 120 years,” said Potes. “Giving back is ingrained in our culture. I am extremely proud of our team at ChoiceOne Bank – they truly care about serving others.”