Jonesboro, Ga. (May 31, 2019) – The Heritage Community Foundation presented a $1,000 check to Sharon Schilling, Media Specialist at Kemp Elementary School in Clayton County on May 23rd. The funds will be used to provide a “Free Little Library” to increase the student’s access to books.
“We are excited to help Kemp Elementary School provide access to books and promote a love for reading,” said Mark Dose, Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation. “The Little Library project will allow students and community members to borrow books during times when the school library is unavailable. We know that when students have a passion for reading the likelihood for academic success dramatically improves. This grant is an investment that we believe will have a meaningful return.”
The Heritage Community Foundation began its work in 2015 as an initiative of Heritage Bank employees with a mission of supporting and reinforcing the good work being done by non-profit groups in the Bank’s service area. Since beginning its work in January of 2015 the Foundation has provided nearly $550,000 in grants to more than 150 non-profit groups and agencies in Henry, Clayton and Fayette Counties.
“The generosity of Heritage Bank’s 125 or so employees is amazing,” said Mark Dose, Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation. ”Our employees will donate over $40,000 to the Foundation this year. Also Heritage Bank absorbs all of the operating costs of the Foundation, so 100 percent of the funds donated go directly to meet community needs in the form of grant awards. Not many non-profit groups have the benefit of zero operating costs. We do, thanks to the support from Heritage Bank.”
In 2018, the Heritage Community Foundation provided over $166,000 in grant funds to 54 non-profit groups in Clayton, Henry and Fayette Counties. The Foundation was developed by bank employees to support Heritage Bank’s first mission, “Committed to those we serve.”
The Foundation raises funds through an annual golf tournament in the spring and a clay shoot event in the fall. There are also a number of generous individuals in the area that donate to the Foundation.
In addition to the support from Heritage Bank, a number of other local businesses support the Heritage Community Foundation as IMPACT Partners. These businesses include Harding Plumbing, Brent Scarbrough & Co., C & C Fence Co., Active Pest Control, Fulton & Kozak, CPAs, The Burke Group, Foster, Foster & Smith Attorneys, Heritage Cadillac, Paragon Alarm Systems, Central Station Monitoring, Lincoln Insurance, Chitwood Hauling, Eagle Excavation, Lincoln Insurance, Life and Money Matters, Laura Crumbley, CPA, Griffin Insurance and Sutherland Foodservice.
Heritage Bank, a state chartered commercial bank, has been serving metro Atlanta’s Southern Crescent
since 1955. The independent community bank has six full-service offices, features a well-rounded offering
of commercial and consumer products, and is an active, involved member of the community it serves. The
company’s stock is traded under the symbol “CCFH”