Community Bank awards Champion Grant to Hephzibah Children's Association

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By Community Editor

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that Hephzibah Children's Association 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.

Hephzibah Children's Association was founded in 1897 and their mission is to enhance the lives of at-risk children and families throughout the area. Most notably, through their Residence and Diagnostic Treatment Center (Group Homes), they provide a safe, secure space for abused and neglected children. These children are provided with physical, emotional and psychological healing in a therapeutic environment.

A grant in the amount of $1,000 was presented to Mary Anne Brown, Executive Director of Hephzibah Children's Association, on Tuesday, June 19. Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, presented the grant. Hephzibah will use the Champion Grant to provide financial literacy workshops as part of their Transitions to Middle School summer program. The Transitions to Middle School program prepares 5th and 6th graders for the challenges and opportunities of junior high school. The financial literacy component of the Transitions program will teach children how to budget and manage finances, which is an essential life skill that will help children "transition" into adulthood. Community Bank staff will be an integral part of this program by providing their financial expertise at training workshops for the children and their families. Children who participate will also receive piggy banks from Community Bank. More information about Hephzibah is available on their website at

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

During its fifteen year history, Community Bank has undertaken the sponsorship of many community-wide events and 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 in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park communities. Community Bank, which had assets of $320 million as of December 31, 2011, has two locations: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park and 7777 Lake Street, River Forest.

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