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As We Move Forward


Rebuilding After the Economic Downturn

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As Illinois slowly emerges from strict safety regulations due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many have been negatively affected financially. Businesses have been forced to partially or entirely shut down, furloughing and laying off employees. With the recent increase in unemployment rates, many struggle with the worry of paying bills, feeding their families and keeping their homes.

For those fortunate enough to not have been affected as much, many things can be done to help others that are in need. Pan American Bank & Trust prides itself on being a true community support, volunteering and supporting community organizations that benefit local residents. NeighborWorks is a favorite yearly community project for the PAB&T staff, volunteering to improve a distressed neighborhood by planting, weeding, and painting, to name a few. The team also supports other various local food pantries and community organizations. 

There are numerous ways to help those in need, both big and small. Some prefer to contribute their time, while others prefer to donate funds. There are so many different types of needs at this point that any contribution is appreciated. Most times, a place of worship, school or non-profit organization will be a great place to find community service options. They may be specific groups that focus their efforts on seniors citizens, animals, people with disabilities, the environment, children or those struggling because of the pandemic.

Before choosing, you may want to decide the type of impact you wish your contribution to have. If you are donating your time, what kind of environment would you enjoy most? Do you enjoy the company of children or are you happiest in the presence of animals? Choose accordingly, so your experience will be rewarding and beneficial for all involved.

Do you plan on having your community service be a one-time event, or would you rather choose several smaller acts for various groups?

Would you like to assist an existing effort, or would you like to initiate and organize a new effort such as a blood drive, charity race or auction? The possibilities are endless and simply depend on the amount of time and availability you are willing to spare. 

Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • Volunteer free babysitting services for working parents. 

  • Donate free lessons in a skill you are competent.

  • Offer a paid internship if you own a business.

  • Collect and donate used clothing for those in need.

  • Set up a meal train for those that are sick or in need.

  • Organize a car wash and donate the proceeds to a family out of work.

  • Check out your local Red Cross to see what volunteer opportunities are needed.

  • Offer to deliver groceries and meals to the elderly.

  • Drive senior citizens to doctor appointments.

  • Offer to do yard work, wash windows or shovel snow for someone sick, unemployed or elderly or pay for the services to be done.

  • Help out or donate at your local food pantry.

  • Help out or donate at Habitat for Humanity.




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