This program began in response to the need to assist low and moderate income families. “We especially want to provide the funding to meet the physical and educational needs of those children,” explains The State Bank Vice President, Stacey Webb. “We want to meet the basic physical needs ranging from toothpaste and deodorant to clothing and shoes. We also want to provide the educational supplies needed to be a successful student, such as pencils, paper, markers, binders, backpacks and other necessities. These materials provide the foundation so that students can concentrate on their educational goals.”
Funds are collected through a variety of fundraising events organized by Bank staff. In 2015, these events included a number of internal fundraisers, bake sales and raffles. Customers of the organization were also very generous and supportive of this local cause. The Bank also makes a large donation to this program. To date the Change For Kids program has raised over $60,000 for our local schools.
Wayne Wright, the superintendent of Lake Fenton Public Schools shared his thoughts on the impact of the program for their district. Wright said “The district is very appreciative of the Change for Kids donation from the State Bank. The money is used to assist families who are in desperate need of help. We use the money to assist families in need of food, clothes, shoes and personal care items. Last year, we also used money from this program to assist a family who had lost everything in a fire. Thanks again for helping the district care for families who have desperate needs.”
You can make a donation to Change For Kids at your local State Bank branch as well as donating during the various fundraisers we hold throughout the year.