“For more than 68 years, Paducah Bank’s employees have built a financial institution that is totally committed to the Paducah community and the western Kentucky region,” says Paducah Bank President Mardie Herndon. “Our employee-owners live in these communities and invest in them with both their time and their financial support. As the only remaining locally-owned bank, our money and our volunteerism stay in the communities we serve.”
In support of that, Paducah Bank just released the total number of hours volunteered by its staff in 2015. The total for the bank’s 125 employees was nearly 4,700 hours. “That equals nearly 40 hours per employee,” adds Susan Guess, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Our bank team is involved in virtually every local charitable organization and support group in this community. On any given week throughout the year, more than likely someone from our Paducah Bank team is involved with a program or project that is dedicated to serving the people of this community in a variety of worthwhile ways.”
“We aren’t just about the numbers at Paducah Bank,” says Herndon. “We know that a community like ours only thrives when all of its citizens and institutions are invested in a quality of life that serves everyone equally.”
In addition to volunteer hours, the bank’s employees boasted a 100% participation in the annual United Way campaign for the 20th consecutive year and were among the largest “leadership givers” (gifts of at least $1,000) of all companies participating. Paducah Bank also made financial commitments to such projects as the Paducah School of Art and Design, the Lourdes Hospice Building Fund, the WKCTC Scholarship Fund and the National Quilt Museum.
These specific contributions were the largest of dozens of others that were made to local charitable groups or events during the year. Most notable in the past two years has been the bank’s unique Swipe & Serve project. The bank has donated more than $60,000 to local projects that provide food to the hungry in our community. “This financial support provided more than 10,000 meals to those in need. Swipe & Serve not only fiscally supported these organizations, but Paducah Bank employees volunteered on-site to help serve meals or support individual projects,” adds Herndon.