William J. Reuter, Chairman and CEO of Susquehanna Bank, Lititz, presented a contribution to the American Red Cross on behalf of its employees, to assist those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Reuter presented the contribution to American Red Cross Board Chair Ben Atwater and volunteer Matt Crème. On hand at the Lititz Headquarters of the bank to represent the Bank employees were Betty J. Hoar and Drew C. Albright.
According to Reuter, “Susquehanna often responds when a natural disaster strikes with a corporate gift to an agency that is meeting the needs of disaster victims. Because Susquehanna employees go “Casual for a Cause” once each quarter to benefit non-profits making a difference in the community, it seemed only natural to blend these forms of charitable outreach when Hurricane Sandy struck.”
Susquehanna Bank employees raised over $12,000 by donating at least $5.00 for the privilege of wearing jeans on November 9, Casual for a Cause Day. Susquehanna Bank then matched the employee gift, resulting in a donation of $25,000 to the American Red Cross. Susquehanna Bank has offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia, all of which were in the storm’s path in late October.
The American Red Cross has a huge relief response underway to Sandy, providing people across a number of states with a safe place to stay, food to eat and comfort during this difficult time. Thousands of people have spent the night in hundreds of Red Cross shelters since the storm began its onslaught on the country. The Red Cross has already served more than 100,800 meals and snacks and mobilized more than 2,300 disaster workers and almost 200 emergency vehicles so far and more are being deployed.
Hardest hit were New Jersey and New York. Since Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has provided over 4 million meals and snacks to New Jersey residents affected by the storm and providing caseworkers so residents can begin recovery planning. In New York, hundreds of people are still unable to return home, or have returned to neighborhoods where massive clean-up efforts are underway.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
About Susquehanna Bank
Susquehanna Bank provides banking and financial services at 261 branch locations in the mid-Atlantic region. It is a subsidiary of Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., a financial services holding company with assets of $18 billion and 3,400 employees. Through Susquehanna Wealth Management, the holding company offers investment, fiduciary, brokerage, insurance, retirement planning, and private banking services, with approximately $7.5 billion in assets under management and administration. Susquehanna also operates an insurance brokerage and employee benefits company, a commercial finance company and a vehicle leasing company. For more information, please visit www.susquehanna.net