In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Farmers National Bank is honoring the resiliency of Ohio’s communities with a new Ohio Strong Campaign. Aimed at celebrating the strength that lies within each and every member of the communities in which Farmers is honored to serve, the campaign salutes the sacrifices everyone is making in the fight against Coronavirus.
“From our first responders and healthcare workers going on the front lines every day to essential workers including our valued bank Associates working to meet the financial needs of the community, there is an inherent strength within each and every Buckeye,” Kevin J. Helmick, President and CEO of Farmers National Bank, said.
“We wanted to recognize their sacrifices and contributions while rallying all of our communities around the Ohio Strong message to let them know that we are all in this together,” Helmick added.
The Ohio Strong campaign can be found on billboards throughout many of the communities where the bank has branches and across its social media channels. Residents are encouraged to download and print Ohio Strong signs to display in their windows, download coloring sheets for a fun activity for the kids and share their Ohio Strong images across social media.
One of the challenges to arise from the pandemic is the greater need for food assistance for some of the most vulnerable members of the community. As part of its Ohio Strong commitment, the Farmers National Bank Charitable Foundation donated $26,000 to several efforts including food banks and hunger-relief charities in Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Holmes and Wayne counties in Ohio and Beaver County in Pennsylvania, as well as mobile meal programs in Columbiana, Mahoning, Trumbull, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties in Ohio that deliver meals for seniors throughout the region.
The bank was also honored to recognize the incredible work by healthcare professionals with free coffee for a day for staff at both Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital and Aultman Hospital. “It was a small gesture of our gratitude for the tireless work they are doing on behalf of the health and well-being of us all,” Helmick said.
Farmers is also helping Ohio businesses stand strong throughout the pandemic with its participation as a lender in the Paycheck Protection Program, which is helping to distribute much needed funding to small businesses. In addition, the bank has enhanced contactless banking options for personal and business banking, as well as mortgage lending through the use of its apps.
“At the heart of this is the message that we all have a part to play, no matter how big or how small, in keeping Ohio strong in the face of this pandemic. And throughout the last few weeks, I couldn’t be prouder to call this state my home and its residents my fellow Buckeyes,” Helmick added.