Community Bank Awards Champion Grant to Sarah's Inn

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By Evan O'Brien

Content Manager

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that Sarah’s Inn 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 Sarah’s Inn is to stand with victims of domestic violence and their children, and to ensure freedom from domestic violence.  Sarah’s Inn serves both the Westside of Chicago and 22 near West Cook County suburbs.  As a holistic and comprehensive domestic violence service organization, Sarah’s Inn is dedicated to providing services that address the issue of domestic violence from all angles.  While offering support and advocacy for clients and their families, Sarah’s Inn provides resources so that victims are able to rebuild their lives free from violence.  Programs provided by Sarah’s Inn include women’s advocacy support, legal advocacy, partner abuse intervention, and family art therapy.  More information about Sarah’s Inn is available on their website at

A grant in the amount of $1,000 was presented to Juliet Yera, Development Director for Sarah’s Inn, on Wednesday, January 25.  Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, and Frank Frigo, Marketing Officer for Community Bank, presented the grant.  

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.  Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

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