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Thursday, January 14, 2021

First Citizens Provides Financial Support for Educational Organizations

MANSFIELD, PA (January 2021) Of all the changes that came about during the pandemic, one of the biggest was how students across the country received their education. Now more than ever, the educational system needs extra support so they can pursue their mission — build a brighter future. So, with that spirit in mind, First Citizens Community Bank donated $325,000 to 48 educational enrichment programs across the state of Pennsylvania through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. 

For many years, the Bank has supported the EITC program, which provides low-income children and families much needed tuition assistance, and also funds innovative programs in the classroom and after school. Amongst the recipients are scholarship opportunities, theatre education, a travelling math lab, a travelling agricultural science lab, counseling and addiction prevention for children, classroom grants for teachers, and more. 

“Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of our communities to support tomorrows leaders through educational opportunities,” noted Randall E. Black, President and CEO. “The EITC program allows us to invest in programs that give back and empower children. That’s as good as it gets.”

In addition to financial support, First Citizens encourages its employees to volunteer for the causes they care about. Many employees volunteer at their local food banks, homeless shelters, or Relay for Life events. Bank employees also regularly participate in the First Citizens “Casual for a Cause” program, donating from their own pockets to help local families in need when medical bills are piling up or one of their neighbors faces tragedy.

A donation of $100,000 of the EITC funding was allocated to BLaST Intermediate Unit 17, an educational service agency that assists school districts in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties. The $100,000 donation will be distributed amongst twelve school districts, with a portion going to support the Everfi Online Financial Program, which First Citizens has sponsored for eleven years.  

Other organizations on the receiving end of the donations included: Archie's Place, Bethany Children's Home, Big Impact Group of Schuylkill County, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Cedar Foundation, Compass Mark, Inc., Donegal School District Education Foundation, Eastern Lebanon County Education Foundation (ELCO), Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation, Elizabethtown Public Library, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Inc., Ephrata Area Education Foundation, Ephrata Public Library, Falcon Foundation, First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, Hempfield Foundation, Keystone Central Foundation, Keystone Elk Country Alliance, Lancaster County Career & Technology Foundation, Lancaster Education Foundation, Lancaster Science Factory, Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment, Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council, Inc., PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Palmyra Public Library, Penns Valley Education Foundation, Inc., Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, Rainbow's End Youth Services (REYS), Schuylkill Chamber Foundation, Inc., Sexual Assault Resource Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties, Spanish American Civic Association, Spartan Foundation for Education, State College Area School District Education Foundation, Thaddeus Stevens Foundation, The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, Tioga County Foundation, Power Packs Project, Gretna Productions, Inc. d/b/a Gretna Theatre, The Columbia Education Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Technology Community Arts Center, Stroud Water Research Center, Cocalico Education Foundation, The River Valley Regional YMCA – EIO, Commonwealth Charitable Management, Inc. - EIO Mansfield, Housing Partnership of Chester County, Stone Garage, and Chester County Economic Development Foundation (CCEDF).

First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. They currently operate 31 offices throughout Tioga, Bradford, Potter, Clinton, Centre, Union, Lebanon, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Berks, and Chester counties in Pennsylvania, Allegany County, New York, and New Castle and Kent Counties in Delaware. For more information about First Citizens, visit www.myfccb.com or find them on Facebook. 

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