1ST SUMMIT Donated to Many Causes in 2021

1ST SUMMIT BANK is proud to announce that, in 2021, it contributed over $440,000 to 344 organizations and causes in support of its neighbors, the arts, children, education, and more.

1ST SUMMIT BANK understands the positive impact that the organization can have on local organizations. The bank and their employees are proud to be invested in the communities where they work and live. 1ST SUMMIT has passionately given back to the community for 97 years and counting, and the bank continues to be actively engaged in strengthening, energizing, and supporting the neighborhoods they serve.

“We are committed to building and growing stronger communities in the region we serve,” said Eric Renner, CEO & President of 1ST SUMMIT BANK. “We believe that these contributions make a real difference throughout our entire five-county region.”

In 2021, 1ST SUMMIT BANK continued to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by increasing donations, support, and services to many local non-profit entities and their causes. The bank supported service organizations that aid vulnerable citizens, economic development agencies that help create jobs, and cultural institutions that improve the quality of life in the region. These efforts helped to ease the disruption that the pandemic caused during the year.

A few highlights from the bank’s 2021 charitable giving include the following:

  • Partnering with CASA of Westmoreland, a volunteer-based organization that provides a voice in the courts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Westmoreland County.
  • Contributing funds to Highland Regional Baseball League for brand-new scoreboards at two of their PONY League fields which will debut this upcoming season.
  • Joining with Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center to bring Johnstown the Hometown Heroes Exhibit, which introduced thousands of people to Steve Ditko, a Johnstown native and the creator of Spiderman and Doctor Strange.
  • Donating funds to ACRP’s new splash park in Cambria City to build and install a fence around the new equipment.
  • Partnering with The Learning Lamp and JAHA to present the Earthwalk Explorer exhibit, which allowed kids and adults alike to explore the geography of the eastern United States… with their feet!
  • Donating over $12,500 to food banks, homeless shelters, and human services organizations to aid those in need during the holiday season.

These highlighted items provide only a snapshot of the Bank’s giving in 2021. Of course, 1ST SUMMIT BANK continued its annual commitment to support great local organizations like the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Johnstown Area Heritage Association, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, United Way, and JARI.

“In addition to serving our communities financially, our mission is to volunteer and donate to organizations that make our hometowns special,” said Karen Mento, Chief Administrative Officer. “Our professionals and their families donate time, talent, and resources to help local charitable and cultural organizations, and we always seek ways to help our clients and their neighborhoods prosper and thrive.”

In addition, bank employees themselves support the 1ST SUMMIT BANK Employee Foundation, a separate non-profit organization created to invest in quality of life or other community projects. In 2021, bank employees contributed nearly $12,000 to the Foundation which in turn supported local organizations like the Joyce Murtha Breast Cancer Center and Veteran’s Community Initiative, along with internal employees who struggle with health or other family challenges.

Supporting one another is what 1ST SUMMIT BANK is really all about.

A true community bank for the past 97 years, 1ST SUMMIT BANK primarily focuses on relationship banking for both consumers and businesses within our region. Altogether, 1ST SUMMIT BANK provides banking, financial, and investment services throughout the counties of Cambria, Somerset, Indiana, Westmoreland, and Blair.