HOMEBANK supports area CASA programs

HOMEBANK employees and friends present a donation to Douglass Community Services officials for the Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Pictured front row, from left: CASA Fundraising Committee Members Ashley Gibson and Katie Smith, Northeast Missouri Market Community Bank President Josh Wilson, Douglass Community Services CASA Director Jared Moore, HOMEBANK CEO Joe Thomas, CASA Volunteer Coordinator Becky Morrell and Fundraising Committee Members Megan Crawford and Elizabeth Bunn. Second row, from left: CASA Fundraising Committee Chair Amy Goehl and Committee Members Lane Brandon and Brenda Bland.
For The Courier-Post
Posted: Dec. 5, 2019 4:26 pm

HANNIBAL | HOMEBANK, its employees and friends, recently made donations totaling $10,418.30 to area organizations that advocate for the best outcomes for children in the court system. 

Checks for $4,709.15 were presented to the Court Appointed Special Advocates program of Douglass Community Services in Hannibal, which also serves children in Palmyra, and the Adams County CASA program in Quincy, Ill. Funds will be used to train additional volunteers. A $1,000 check will be presented to a similar organization in Centralia, where HOMEBANK has a resource banking center.

Employees raised the money for the past six months through jeans days, special lunches and activities, auctions and a trivia night. Earlier this year, HOMEBANK employees made $10,000 worth of donations to Missouri and Illinois Honor Flight programs. 





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