The employees of Citizens National Bank made a $33,730 contribution to the United Way of West Ellis County on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Senior Vice President of CNB and Chairman of UWWEC Clint Almond said the bank’s partnership with UWWEC extends back to the foundation of United Way.

“The bank has participated in the United Way since its (the organization’s) foundation,” Almand said. “You will notice in our group photo that there are bank employees who have served on the board of UWWEC going back 12-15 years.”

As the chairman of the organization, Almand said he takes great pleasure in working with the United Way because it has a huge impact on Ellis County.

“Being a part of this organization allows us to touch 28 different agencies and help thousands of people right here in our county,” he said. “That’s the impact it has and I love the big splash effect of this organization.”

Almand added that from a banker’s standpoint, he is thankful to work for a community bank that invests in its community and makes the county a better place to live.

“The United Way campaign allows the employees of CNB to echo the corporate citizenship that the bank has,” he expressed. “And these employees give of their own personal money to help those in this community.”

Melissa Ballard serves as vice president of CNB and UWWEC board member. She said the impact that they wish to gain from their employees having such a healthy campaign is that they also understand what it means to their community.

“Their donation may be as simple as a soda a day,” Ballard said. “And when they go out and work on those campaigns they feel stronger about it. Not only are we making a monetary donation, but we are making an emotional commitment to the UWWEC.”

Marketing Coordinator for CNB Chelsi Frazier helped organize the employee campaign this year. She said they enjoy giving to United Way because it allows them to help so many people.

“They service so many organizations in our community,” Frazier said. “And this is a great way for us to give back to the community, which is something we truly believe in as a community bank.”

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