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Chemical Bank’s Community Involvement!
Posted: Feb 10, 2011

The Fennville community is fortunate to have two quality banks. Chemical Bank, located at 125 South Maple Street has been serving the Fennville community since August 31, 1965.

The roots of the bank began as Fennville City Bank in 1887. Fennville City Bank was founded by Jesse Hutchinson and Frank S. Raymond. In 1899, the bank became known as Old State Bank.Several area banks were acquired by Citizen Bank in 1965. Over the years, there have been different names - Citizen, Shoreline, and now as Chemical Bank.

Since its establishment in 1917, Chemical Banks’ devotion to community and personalized service has guided their success and led Chemical Financial Corporation to be recognized today as the third largest bank headquartered in Michigan. Chemical Bank remains a safe and secure financial institution with a capital position that continues to far exceed regulatory guidelines for being considered well-capitalized.

As a Community Bank, Chemical Bank focuses on the needs of individuals, families, and businesses by emphasizing local leadership and decision-making as well as a devotion to community and personalized service. Erica Ramos, Fennville branch manager says, “In addition to the financial support we provide to area organizations, Chemical Bank employees dedicate countless volunteer efforts in an ongoing basis; they are leaders, members and volunteers of charitable organizations and community events including, various financial literacy classes, Allegan County United Way, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Allegan County Children’s Museum, the Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce, and the Fennville DDA, among others”.

Chemical Bank is strengthening Michigan communities by helping individuals start businesses, build homes, send kids to college, spur entrepreneurial opportunities, gain financial education and literacy and much more. They are making a positive impact on the state’s future and working hard to help build the communities they serve for generations to come.

One of the biggest ways in which Chemical Bank markets itself, is through their employees’ community involvement and volunteer time. In 2010, 85 non-salaried (such as our teller and desk staff position) employees from the West region alone (the area outlined - Lake Michigan to Grand Rapids, South Haven to Grand Haven, around 32 branches) donated over 984 volunteer hours outside of their normal work schedules to bank sponsored causes. That’s a lot of hands-on, feel-good publicity! This is not including all of the hours that salaried officers (branch managers, loan officers, etc.) put into their communities regularly. Chemical Bank is dedicated to helping Michigan communities, families and businesses succeed and our entire corporation, from the top down, encourages community involvement and giving back to those who need it.

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