September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, and we celebrate Sonia Sotomayor, who became the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice on August 8, 2009. The daughter of Puerto Rican-born parents, she grew up in New York City. Sotomayor embraced her heritage and the opportunity to encourage others to achieve their own dreams. “I decided that if I were going to make use of my role as a Supreme Court Justice, it would be to inspire people to realize that, first, I was just like them and second, if I could do it, so could they.”
The events of 2020 re-energized our commitment to culture by focusing it on our responsibility to foster equality and equity. We’re looking to our company’s culture—one that we’re already proud of—and we’re giving it new purpose to make it even better.
A group of 11 Community Bank team members recently volunteered to support Fork Over Love and provide more than 300 meals to our neighbors in the Wilkes-Barre area. Fork Over Love’s mission is to help communities thrive by purchasing dinners from small, local restaurants and distributing those dinners in nearby neighborhoods, benefiting two groups that have been hit so hard by the pandemic.
In July, we sponsored the Community Diversity and Spirit Event that was put on by the Rotary Club of Essex, Vermont. The event featured a 50/50 raffle to benefit VIEW (Voices for Inclusion in Essex & Westford), a community group focused on organizing educational events. It also featured multicultural food trucks and music representing different cultures.
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