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We’re seeing an influx of phishing scams—fraudulent messages/calls pretending to be Community Bank in order to gain your information. Never click on a link in an unverified text to check your account. To check your account, please visit cbna.com or use our mobile app. For more info, click here.

We’re seeing an influx of phishing scams—fraudulent messages/calls pretending to be Community Bank in order to gain your information. Never click on a link in an unverified text to check your account. To check your account, please visit cbna.com or use our mobile app. For more info, click here.

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Community Bank System, Inc. Culture and Diversity Council

The Community Bank System, Inc. (CBSI) Culture and Diversity Council grew from the ground up. Once the seed was planted, one person raised a hand to foster it, and then another and another. The passion to support this initiative was obvious before it even had a name. Our Mission is to put faces and names to the concepts of diversity and inclusion. We are here to make sure no one feels unheard, unseen or uninvited. Through that effort, we’ll foster a culture that doesn’t just accept diversity, but values it.

Go Grey in May
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Go Gray in May is a campaign to raise awareness of brain tumors and cancer, and to support patients and their families during Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Over 1 million Americans are living with brain tumors, with about 72% benign and 28% malignant. The five-year survival rate for malignant brain tumors is only 35.7% and drops to 6.9% for glioblastoma patients, with a median survival of eight months. There is no cure for glioblastoma, with only four FDA-approved drugs and one device available to fight it. Unlike many cancers, there’s no screening for early detection. Emily, branch manager at our Oneonta Main Street branch, shares her story.

“Among the worst medical news one could hear is that they have cancer. Add to that a terminal diagnosis that follows no rules when determining who is at risk, how to treat, or when the ugly beast will shut down their body. This life-changing event can happen anytime, even to the healthiest body, with no warning. Such was the case for me, a 35-year-old mother of five, when routine testing for my headaches resulted in this devastating and life-altering news in 2019. I have an inoperable diffuse astrocytoma infiltrating the right hemisphere of my brain. The five-year prognosis was not nearly enough time for me to watch my children grow, one of whom was only 6 months old and who I feared would never know his mama. So I fight back every day. I just passed that five-year mark, and gratitude is the name of the game.

What would one do with such news? As the song goes, I went skydiving! I made a decision to live my remaining time on Earth to the fullest. I continue to work and strive to be the best version of myself in all aspects of my life. I am also fortunate to have received the best care at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, one of the top research facilities in the country. Because of this, I also choose to bring awareness to brain cancer in an effort to fund research and treatments for others who will follow. I go gray in May to support this initiative and promote non-profits like the Jimmy Fund to benefit Dana Farber cancer research.

I urge anyone reading this to listen to your body. Your brain is the command center for everything you do. You know better than anyone when something is off. Advocate for yourself in any medical situation!”

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Mental Health Awareness Month

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Community Bank is proud to show our support by sponsoring NAMIWalks Vermont this year to help put an end to the stigma surrounding mental health. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental issues.

To learn more about NAMIWalks Vermont 2024, visit namivt.org/namiwalks-vermont or go to nami.org/Get-Involved/Find-a-NAMIWalk to find a walk near you.

In addition to sponsoring the NAMIWalks Vermont event this year, Community Bank is proud to support the “You Matter; The 988 Mural” in Plattsburgh, NY, with a $1,000 donation. This mural, commissioned by the You Matter; The 988 Mural Planning Committee, a subcommittee of the Clinton County, NY, Coalition to Prevent Suicide in cooperation with Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project, will serve as a message of support to the North Country for suicide prevention to help break the stigma associated with mental health. To learn more about “You Matter; The 988 Mural” or to donate, visit unitedwayadk.org.

Celebrating Diversity Year-Round
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CenterState CEO Foundation Donation

We recently made a $250,000 commitment to CenterState CEO Foundation for its Growth + Equity Fund, which combats market inequalities and promotes diversity and inclusion among entrepreneurs, ranging from high-tech startups to those led by underrepresented founders. Our $250,000 commitment will provide flexible and patient capital to empower innovators, entrepreneurs, and business owners from historically marginalized backgrounds, including people of color, women, veterans, new Americans, and those with low to moderate incomes. Entrepreneurs engaged with CenterState CEO and its partners gain access to the Growth + Equity Fund through small business development programs, receiving strategic planning, customized technical assistance, network access, B2B services, and essential support to overcome barriers to capital access. This inclusive initiative is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their business goals, having already helped five entrepreneurs of color, including three women, secure nearly $285,000 in grants or loans during its pilot phase. To learn more about CenterState CEO, its foundation, and its Growth + Equity Fund, visit centerstateceo.com.

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