Community Bank Awards Champion Grant to Goodcity

Oak Park, IL, December 30, 2011 … Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that Goodcity is the recipient of Community Bank’s Champion Grant. The purpose of the Champion Grant is to assist organizations in providing community outreach programs for low or moderate income individuals.

The mission of Goodcity is to identify and then support high potential community-based entrepreneurs whose goals are to create or enhance neighborhood and faith-based programs that promote self-sufficiency and a sense of purpose in the lives of individuals in under-resourced communities.  Goodcity seeks to propel these social entrepreneurs to achieve maximum impact through in-depth training, mentoring and milestone-based funding.  Programs supported by Goodcity focus on employment, workforce development and retention, education, opportunities for area youth, and increasing the utilization of available benefits and government services.  Goodcity primarily serves the Austin community, but they also serve neighborhoods throughout Chicago including Englewood, North Lawndale, Bronzeville, and East Garfield.

A grant in the amount of $1,000 was presented to Dr. Ileen Kelly, Director of Development for Goodcity, and Sean Harden, Chief Operating Officer for Goodcity, on Thursday, December 29.  Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, presented the grant.  Frank Frigo, Marketing Officer for Community Bank, was also on-hand.

Through the Champion Grant, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest encourages growth and support in economically challenged communities.  Champion Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations throughout the year.  The Champion Grant application is available on the Community Bank website at    

Community Bank has been a frequent facilitator of financial literacy events, and during its fifteen year history, Community Bank has donated over $2 million to various local civic and charitable organizations. Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest was organized in 1996 as a locally owned bank focused on creating financial solutions for individuals, professionals, owners of closely-held businesses and nonprofit organizations.  Community Bank, which had assets of $351 million as of December 31, 2010, has two locations: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park and 7777 Lake Street, River Forest.

Left to right: Frank Frigo, Marketing Officer, Community Bank; Sean Harden, Chief Operating Officer, Goodcity; Bernard D. Healey II, Community Lending Specialist, Community Bank

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