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ABA Foundation Community Commitment Awards

ABA Community Commitment Awards

2018 Award Winners

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing: U.S. BankU.S. Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota for its American Dream Home Loans program. The program offers solid and ethically priced loans for low-to-moderate income borrowers to help them become homeowners. In 2017, nearly 700 households utilized this program to realize their dream of homeownership resulting in nearly $48 million in mortgages helping to revitalize communities across the U.S. Bank footprint.

Community and Economic Development

Community and Economic Development: Citizens BankCitizens Bank, Batesville, Arkansas for its Impact Independence County program – a multi-faceted strategic initiative that brought together county residents and area leaders to identify ways to kick start the formerly stagnant local economy and improve the overall quality of life. Since its development, the downtown revitalization program has been a resounding success. Two dozen commercial loans have funded over $4 million in projects, and nearly two dozen grants have provided over $90,000 toward renovations.

Economic Inclusion

Economic Inclusion: Eastern BankEastern Bank, Boston, Massachusetts for its Business Equity Initiative (BEI). Launched in April 2017, BEI made a 3-year commitment of $10 million from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to mitigate wealth inequality by bringing together minority owned businesses, supplier partnerships, and community transformative development as a means of addressing growing income inequality in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Financial Education

Financial Education: Bank of NevadaBank of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada for its Green Our Planet program. Bank of Nevada joined with Green Our Planet to expand the nonprofit’s “STEAM Garden Curriculum” to include financial literacy. There are currently 150 Green Our Planet gardens at schools in Southern Nevada. Together, Green Our Planet and Bank of Nevada piloted financial literacy curriculum at five of these school gardens. This allowed students to learn how to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, and create a business out of their school gardens.

​Protecting Older Americans

Protecting Older Americans: Old National BankOld National Bank, Evansville, Indiana for its Money $afety for Seniors program. The program was created to provide Old National Bank associates, clients and community members with the tools to recognize, respond to and avoid financial abuse aimed at seniors. As a part of this program, Old National Bank provided elder financial abuse “red flag” training to all associates, partnered with community, religious, corporate and government organizations to increase awareness with multiple audiences, and partnered with law enforcement in Evansville and Adult Protective Services statewide to enhance prosecution and conviction rates.


Volunteerism: United BankUnited Bank, Parkersburg, West Virginia for its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Action Committee. In 2017, United Bank created a bank-wide infrastructure to connect employees with high-impact volunteer opportunities to move the needle on key challenges facing its communities. The anchor of this strategy is the CRA Action Committee which consists of representatives from each of the bank’s 20 markets. In its first year, the committee increased employee service participation by 40 percent from 504 to 704 employees, increased CRA-qualified volunteer hours by 49 percent from 10,058 to 14,928, and reached 31,444 total volunteer hours

George Bailey Distinguished Service Award

Marcus Vasquez, George Bailey Distinguished Service AwardMarcus Vasquez, vice president and fair banking officer of Allegiance Bank in Houston, Texas is this year’s recipien t of the George Bailey Distinguished Service Award. Noted for his commitment to the community, Vasquez played a vital role in leading bank recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He led his fellow employees as they volunteered together to not only confront and clean up the devastation left by the hurricane, but also worked to leverage funding for those who lost their homes and businesses. Under his leadership, 41 grants were provided to businesses, homeowners and non-profit organizations totaling $367,000 through a grant program with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas.

2018 Honorable Mentions

Affordable Housing

  • First National Bank of Omaha, Omaha, NE
  • Sound Community Bank, Seattle, WA
  • BMO Harris Bank, Chicago, IL

Community and Economic Development

  • Simmons Bank, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Evergreen Federal Bank, Grants Pass, OR
  • Skowhegan Savings Bank, Skowhegan, ME
  • First National Bank Alaska, Anchorage, AK

Economic Inclusion

  • Bank of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • Norway Savings Bank, Norway, ME
  • Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, CA
  • Magyar Bank, New Brunswick, NJ

Financial Education

  • MidFirst Bank, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Trustmark Bank, Jackson, MS
  • Regions Bank, Birmingham, AL
  • Gothenburg State Bank, Gothenburg, NE
  • Country Bank, Ware, MA

Protecting Older Americans

  • Bank of the Rockies, N.A., Clyde Park, MT
  • Glenview State Bank, Glenview, IL
  • New York Community Bank, Westbury, NY
  • Capital One Bank, New York NY
  • People's United Bank, N.A., Bridgeport, CT


  • UMB Bank, Kansas City, MO
  • Florida Community Bank, Winter Park, FL
  • First Federal Bank of the Midwest, Defiance, OH
  • Sandy Spring Bank, Columbia, MD
  • Heritage Bank USA, Hopkinsville, TN

George Bailey Distinguished Service

  • Joe LeMense, SVP, Managing Director, Community Development and Non-Profit Banking, United Bank, Parkersburg, WV
  • Irving Loundy, SVP, Devon Bank, Chicago, IL
  • Kimberly Smith-Moore, SVP, Customer Grant Program, Wells Fargo, St. Louis, MN

Prior Years

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