(Pictured holding the check and sign with employees and board members of Paducah Bank and Trust are Senior Center board member Vicki Brantley, Guelda Wooldridge, Center Executive Director, and center participants Carol Wallace and Mary Bullmer)
Paducah Bank presented a check to the Paducah McCracken County Senior Center for $5,150 to support the Center’s work of feeding hungry seniors in Paducah-McCracken County. The Center provides Meals on Wheels delivery for home-bound, senior adults in McCracken County. Last year, the Center delivered 19,691 meals to individuals over 60 years-old who were unable to leave their home and unable to prepare their own meals due to debilitating ailments. Many times, the delivery driver is the only human contact these individuals will have all day.
“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 allows 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.
“We are extremely appreciative of the support we have received from Paducah Bank,” said Guelda Wooldridge, Executive Director of the Paducah/McCracken County Senior Center. “Not only the financial support, but also the hours spent by the amazing employees of the bank serving food to the seniors at the center. Paducah Bank has made a real impact on their lives.”
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.”
“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.
Additional recipients of the 2018 Swipe and Serve program are New Pathways for Children, the 4H Backpack Program, the River City Mission, 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.