UNITED BANK CONTINUES ITS BLANKET THE COMMUNITY PROJECT TO HELP SPREAD WARMTH THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY THIS WINTER
Grand Rapids, Mich. November 5, 2018 — A blanket may seem like a simple gift but it 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 locations 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 any United Bank location now through the end of the year. The bank, in turn, will deliver those blankets to neighbors in need.
Last year, 550 blankets were donated during United Bank’s first Blanket the Community project. In its second year, United Bank is hoping to double those numbers and has set a goal of collecting over 1,100 blankets.
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 believe in providing real solutions to help the people in our community,” said United Bank Chairman Arthur Johnson. “We feel it’s our responsibility to bring awareness to the need in our community and do whatever we can to help the people that live here.”
About United Bank
Founded in 1887, United Bank, though still closely held, has more than $600 million in assets. The bank operates 12 full service banking locations throughout West Michigan, a wealth management and insurance services division. A leading business lender, United Bank offers a comprehensive suite of personal and business banking products that blend cutting-edge technology with personalized hometown service.
Contact: Gwyn Harnish
Date: November 5, 2018
Gwyn Harnish, CFMP
Vice President, Marketing