By now, just about everybody in Monroe County and an ever growing number of people in Wayne County know about Monroe Bank & Trust’s famous employee volunteer program named ENLIST (which stands for Employees Now Linked In Service Together).And 2013 is proving to be a record breaking year for the program whose motto is “Community Service From Your Community Bank”.
According to Diana Lingle, ENLIST’s coordinator, the organization (which has received numerous national, state and local awards) has chalked up an impressive 9,299 volunteer man hours year to date – with a little over three more weeks to go. That’s up from 8,790 volunteer hours in 2012.For those who might not be familiar, MBT started ENLIST in 1984 as a way for employees to support community organizations through the donation of time and expertise. Employees may opt to become members of ENLIST, which is governed by a board of directors voted upon from the employee base.
Churches, schools, and other non-profit organizations may submit requests for volunteer support for activities and fundraisers 365 days each year – and MBT‘s ENLIST members respond enthusiastically!“We have 323 active ENLIST members this year,” Lingle stated. “So far, we have completed 422 projects, and we still have more on the books through year end. We help over 200 different organizations annually with everything from managing special events like silent auctions to cleaning up highways and parks. We regularly serve meals at senior citizen centers, interact with kids at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, and partner with Big Brothers and Big Sisters in their Lunch Buddy program, for example.
“And our ENLIST volunteers also contribute to the community via our MBTeach program. Certified ‘MBTeachers’ conduct FDIC approved financial literacy classes in budgeting, credit, identity theft, home ownership and other topics for The Monroe County Learning Bank Network, schools and non-profit organizations. The classes have become very popular and address subjects that aren’t typically part of high school or college curriculum.”In addition to volunteerism, ENLIST members actively raise monies for organizations throughout the calendar year. Non-profits are asked annually to submit applications to be considered for the fundraisers, and the selections are made by the board of directors.
“This year, we selected two organizations each quarter to participate in a Facebook and in-branch voting contest. At the end of the quarter, the organization with the most votes is awarded 80% of funds raised and the other organization receives 20%,” Lingle explained. “So far, we have raised $16,461.07! That’s a new record in itself.”The lucky winners are as follows:
First Quarter:Military Families of Monroe County received $2,596.18
Home, Inc. received $649.04Second Quarter:
Monroe County Senior Legal Services received $2,495.20Frenchtown Senior Center received $623.80
Community Meals/Necessities Closet received $558.40
The fourth quarter contest will end on December 31, and funds raised will go to the Monroe County Food Bank and Mercy Memorial Hospital System’s Helping Hands program. Remember to vote by visiting MBT’s Facebook contest at https://www.facebook.com/MonroeBankTrust/app_303561899745219!“We raise funds through a variety of activities,” Lingle added. “Each month, for example, we hold a ‘Jeans Day’. Employees make a minimum donation of $5.00 for the privilege of wearing jeans or more casual attire. It’s a big favorite. We regularly raise additional monies via raffles and games at our ENLIST social events. For example, we held a Quartermania auction in November with help from participating home store vendors like Lia Sophia and Origami Owl. That’s a lot of fun because it’s kind of a cross between a raffle and bingo.
“Another popular fundraiser was our silent auction and ice cream social. Branches and departments donated gift baskets, and we raised $1,348.00 in one evening. Plus Doug and our Director of Marketing John Betrus helped out by grilling lunch for employees this past spring. So we have fun while we’re raising money to help others.”Much of the credit for ENLIST’s success is due to the dedication of its board of directors as well as its membership, and the enthusiastic support of the company’s executive team. The 2013 board includes Chairperson Brandy Hazzard, Vice Chair Christien Brow, Secretary Debbie Sype, Barb Toska, Maggie Thompson and Gretchen Rea.
And another hallmark year is on the horizon as ENLIST celebrates its 30th anniversary of continual community service in 2014. The planning committee is already hard at work and includes Brandy Hazzard, Maggie Thompson, Becky Roberts, Suzanne Liedel, Richard Blackmore, Jamie Cormier, John Betrus and Diana Lingle.“One of the most amazing things to me is how much time our employees donate year after year,” Lingle concluded. “Wanita Robinson, Patricia Orr and Becky Roof, for example, have each contributed 2,500 hours since their membership in the group. That’s an outstanding commitment and contribution, and a testament to the power of volunteerism. I’m very proud to be part of the organization.”
For further information about ENLIST, visit MBT on the web at www.mbandt.com, or call ENLIST Coordinator Diana Lingle at 734-384-8267. Lingle may also be reached by e-mail at Diana.email@example.com.