Paducah Bank is being honored with a 2019 Governor’s Service Award at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort on March 6.
The annual Governor’s Service Awards program is administered by Serve Kentucky, Kentucky's state service commission, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, to highlight the importance of volunteer and national service across the Commonwealth.
The Kentucky Governor's Service Awards program offers a glimpse into the lives and achievements of Kentuckians who serve without expectation of compensation, recognition, or commendation. The Governor's Office launched the program in 1975. Since 1995, Serve Kentucky has managed the awards program.
“It has been our distinct privilege over the years to recognize a few of the thousands whose volunteer service contributes immeasurably to a better Kentucky,” said Joe Bringardner, Executive Director.
The Governor’s Business Service Award recognizes businesses that have made an impact through innovation, volunteer hours, number of volunteers, monetary support, among other facets of volunteerism.
Paducah Bank is being honored at the Governor's Mansion for the bank’s SWIPE & SERVE program. Paducah Bank initiated the program in 2014 and to date has contributed nearly 200,000 to local organizations. For every 100 signature-based transactions, Paducah Bank contributed $1 to a selected project every quarter. The goal was to provide $7,500 per quarter to each chosen charity.
Through the four years of the program Paducah Bank has supported such projects as the River City Mission, the Community Kitchen, the 4-H Backpack Program, Paducah Cooperative Ministry, Meals on Wheels, and New Pathways for Children. In 2018, as a result of the Marshall County School Shooting, Paducah Bank used proceeds from SWIPE & SERVE to create scholarships in memory of the two students who were killed on the school campus.
"Central to our mission as a financial institution is to recognize the existing needs of our community and to champion resources that address quality-of-life concerns through programs designed to mitigate these needs,” said Mardie Herndon, Paducah Bank President. “For more than seven decades, we have provided benevolent leadership to our community in many ways. Annually, our employee-owners personally dedicate thousands of hours to support those less fortunate and to engage with agencies which benefit our community. The recognized SWIPE & SERVE program, creatively allowed our company and our clients to participate together in addressing a basic need that is important to all. In the communities we support, our culture is celebrated as needs are met, hope is offered and lives are positively impacted.”
You can watch the ceremony live at www.facebook.com/kychfs.