For a full day, Broadway bankers step into a conference room that has been transformed into an Easter basket factory, with a mission unrivaled in the San Antonio community—to stuff more than 600 baskets for children in need in the local community.
“I don’t think Broadway Bank employees realize how important this is to our children,” said Barb Dampman, the vice president of program operations at Catholic Charities. “For many of our children here at the Guadalupe Community Center this is the only thing they will receive for Easter. It means the world to them.”
Along with the Guadalupe Community Center, the Broadway Bank Care Corps volunteers delivered baskets to the Children’s Shelter, the Rainbow Room and Haven for Hope. Stephanie Lyles, Broadway Bank assistant vice president, senior commercial credit analyst, trained for this day and served as the official bus driver for the deliveries.
“It was amazing to be able to see the four organizations at work in our community. Our individual donations may not seem like much, but together we are making a huge impact,” said Lyles. “The organizations that we visited expressed so much gratitude and wanted us to know that we have made a difference in the life of a child,” she added.
The Austin Midtown banking center donated Easter baskets to the Austin Children’s Shelter and the Broadway banking centers in other local communities made an impact with baskets going to Hill Country Family Services in Boerne, The Hope Center in Bulverde, Angel’s Crossing in Castroville, Roxanne’s House in San Marcos, San Antonio Military Medical Center on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and the Christian Women’s Job Corps in Kerrville.
The Easter basket drive has grown into one of the bank’s most anticipated events because of the joy it brings to local children, and also because it is such a unifying event for Broadway Bankers. Jeannette Flores Westbrook, senior vice president, community reinvestment at Broadway Bank, takes this bunny business very seriously. She said, “Our employees are very generous with their contributions and enjoy adding their own personal touch to each basket. This individualized attention is what sets Broadway Bank apart and it is how we approach everything we do here.”
Broadway Bank Care Corps is well-known in the San Antonio community, stepping in to help at community events and at local non-profits where the extra hand can change a life. Some of the other organizations that benefit from the Care Corps are the San Antonio Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Salvation Army and many more. Additionally, Team Broadway raised more than $55,000 in the MS150 bike ride and a little more than $3,600 in the MS Walk to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Research. In 2013, the Broadway Bank Care Corps volunteers worked together to benefit 130 charitable projects, donating 10,557 hours of their valuable time, at a dollar value of $233,732.
About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $2.9 billion in total assets, the highly-rated Bank operates 39 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at broadwaybank.com for more information.