NerdWallet’s “Community Awards”
The next time you need a checking account or a loan, why not invest your money in a bank that gives back? We’ve said it before: collectively, community banks lend the largest percentage of their assets to local businesses, more than any other type of financial institution in America. Here’s what you might not know: community banks give back to their communities in a variety of other ways too. They might volunteer with local nonprofits, offer networking opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, donate large amounts of money to innovative organizations, or even organize travel clubs.
Small bank, big heart
We’re not saying that big banks never give back, but we guarantee they don’t have the fabulous, homegrown programs that community banks have. With NerdWallet’s Community Bank “Community Awards” program, we’re here to pay tribute to the unsung community heroes of community banking. We painstakingly searched through press releases, industry publications and blogs to finally pick this list of community banks with some of the most unique and helpful community programs we’ve ever seen. We think you’ll be just as impressed as we are.
Best Senior Travel Club – Athens Federal Community Bank (Athens, TN)
When was the last time your bank took you to New York City, Ireland or even a Charles Dickens Christmas Fair? If you’re 50 or better and open a Seniority Checking account, your membership in Athens Federal Community Bank’s Senior Travel Club is free. It’s the perfect way to enjoy great rates on tour packages, explore with world, and get to know your neighbors all at the same time. Did we mention that the Seniority Checking account is truly free and offers perks like free notary service and interest on you balance of $1,500 or more? It’s a great deal all around. Athens Federal Community Bank has branches in Athens, Etowah, Madisonville, Sweetwater and Cleveland, Tennessee.
Live local, bank local
Remember, you can choose where your money goes, so why not keep it local? If you don’t see a bank close to you on this list, but you’re interested in supporting great community programs, visit your local community bank and ask about the ways they improve the quality of life for your friends and neighbors.