UNITED BANK INTRODUCES ITS BLANKET THE COMMUNITY PROJECT TO HELP SPREAD WARMTH THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY THIS WINTER
Grand Rapids, Mich. November 13, 2017 — Warm hearts can make a real difference to those who struggle to stay warm during the winter months. United Bank is collecting blankets at all of its branches and distributing them to those in need through its Blanket the Community project.
The community bank is encouraging anyone who can help to drop off a new blanket to a United Bank branch now through the end of the year. The bank, in turn, will deliver those blankets to neighbors in need.
In its first year, the Blanket the Community project is a way for United Bank to draw community together in an effort to ease the burden of staying warm during the cold winter months.
Forty percent of Michigan households struggle to afford the basic needs of housing, including energy for heat, according to the Michigan Association of United Ways. Last year, 28,000 children and 4,800 seniors lived in households that had to receive energy assistance in order to heat their homes, reports DTE Energy.
“We’re always looking for real solutions to help people and our community,” said United Bank Chairman Arthur Johnson. “We feel it’s our responsibility to do whatever we can to positively impact the lives of the people who live here by raising awareness of the need in our community, and creating ways to fill those needs.”
About United Bank
Founded in 1887 as a small community bank in Wayland, United Bank, though still closely held, has more than $600 million in assets and 12 branches throughout West Michigan. A leading small business lender, United Bank offers a comprehensive suite of personal and business banking products that blend cutting-edge technology with personalized hometown service.
Gwyn Harnish, CFMP
Vice President, Marketing
900 East Paris Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546