The River City Mission is a homeless shelter for single men and married families. The faith-based facility provides shelter, food, clothing and transportation for their residents, as well as employment assistance. They serve three meals a day to their residents, with an on-site cook preparing the food. They can serve up to 50 single men and eight families in their facilities.
“Five years ago, we created a special initiative that works in a partnership with our customers and our commitment to the needs of the community,” said Mardie Herndon, Paducah Bank President. “Our Swipe and Serve project allow our customers to help us help those who are hungry in our city and county. Every time our customers use their debit cards as a signature-based transaction, the bank is putting aside a contribution to one of five local organizations that help the hungry.
"This kind of support from our local community is absolutely vital to our mission,” said Barlow. “We are totally reliant on donations at the Mission, so we were incredibly happy when Paducah Bank chose us to be one of its recipients. This donation will provide much needed supplies and services to the families we serve every day of the year. I am very proud to be a part of such a community-minded bank, both personally and professionally. It’s obvious to me and to many in our community that Paducah Bank is truly a community partner and truly a local bank!”
“This is a testament to the people who make Paducah Bank the kind of caring community bank that we can all be very proud of,” added Herndon.
Paducah Bank Marketing Director Susan Guess credits their customers for the program’s success. “We live in a generous community,” she said. “Our customers have helped us donate more the $150,000 to help those with food insecurity throughout our community.”
Additional recipients of the 2018 Swipe and Serve program are the Paducah/McCracken County Senior Citizen Center Meals on Wheels program, the 4H Backpack Program, New Pathways for Children, and Paducah Cooperative Ministry. Earlier in the year, the bank designated a portion of those contributions for the new Swipe and Heal program, an initiative specifically to support the students and families affected by the tragedy at Marshall County High School in January.
Paducah Bank is an award-winning, locally-owned bank with banking centers in six locations in the city and county, and employs more than 130 people. Paducah Bank was named the Best Place to Work in Kentucky among medium-sized companies in 2006. In 2008, Paducah Bank was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the nation’s Top 15 Small Workplaces and was named Best Bank in the Paducah Sun Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Recently, the bank was named one of the Top 50 Banks in the nation for effective use of social media by ICBA. Paducah Bank was the only Kentucky bank to make the list.