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Community Banking Month

Celebrating Community Bankers Month: The Power of Banking Locally

April is Community Banking Month—a time to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of community banks in fostering local prosperity. As the only community bank headquartered in Berks County, Fleetwood Bank takes pride in our role as a cornerstone of our community, dedicated to empowering individuals and small businesses to achieve their financial goals.

The significance of banking locally cannot be overstated. According to an ICBA Poll conducted in April 2022, a staggering 69% of U.S. adults acknowledge the importance of patronizing locally based financial institutions, debunking the myth that “bigger is better” when it comes to banking.

 

 

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So why should you #BankLocally?

Here are the top reasons:

1. Community Banks: The Backbone of Local Economies

Small businesses are the essential of any community, driving economic growth and fostering a sense of identity. When you choose to bank locally, you’re investing in this line of prosperity. Despite its asset size, small and mid-sized banks account for more than half of all small business lending. By supporting local banks, you’re ensuring that your hard-earned money stays within your community, bolstering local businesses and creating jobs.

2. Local Decision-Making, Personalized Service

At Fleetwood Bank, we understand the unique needs and dynamics of our community because we live and work here, too. Our local decision-makers are empowered to tailor financial solutions that suit your individual circumstances, providing a level of personalized service that’s simply unmatched by larger institutions. Moreover, our streamlined decision-making process means quicker response times and efficient service, ensuring that your financial needs are met promptly and effectively.

3. Hometown Hospitality

Our commitment to hometown hospitality goes beyond just banking transactions — it’s about building lasting relationships and fostering a sense of belonging. Whether you’re visiting our branch or engaging with us online, you’ll experience the genuine care and personalized attention that defines the community banking difference. When you walk into one of our branches, you’re not just another number — you’re a valued member of our community, greeted by name with a warm smile.

"The customer service team is very outstanding. I deal with three banks, and I have to say Fleetwood meets my personal and business needs. They are very professional and personable. Most importantly they always address you by name and a smile."
Jeff P.
Customer at Lyons Branch

4. Community Engagement

Our dedication to our community extends far beyond the walls of our branches. In 2023 alone, we donated nearly 10% of our net income to local organizations and nonprofits, reinvesting back into the causes and initiatives that matter most to our community.

5. Trusted Partners for Life

With an 81% net satisfaction score, community banks like Fleetwood Bank are America’s most trusted lenders, surpassing large banks and online lenders by a significant margin. Our commitment to transparency, integrity, and personalized service ensures that you have a trusted partner by your side every step of the way.

As we celebrate Community Banking Month, let’s reaffirm our commitment to banking locally and supporting the institutions that are the backbone of our communities. Join us at Fleetwood Bank and experience the power of banking locally firsthand.

Because when you bank with us, you’re not just banking. You’re investing in the things you care about.

2024 Community Banking Month Events & Activities

Fleetwood Bank is hosting another Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 27 at our Blandon Office! All are welcome to stop by between 9 and 11 AM. Learn more here!

Follow our Facebook page to learn more on how you can win! The first giveaway will take place on Thursday, April 11, and we will be posting more information and details throughout the month.

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