American National Bank and employees help the community in year-round efforts

All six American National Bank locations in the Grand Valley feature what’s called a “giving tree.”

Each year, the trees are filled with tags for items needed at the Latimer House and Western Slope Center for Children. Each organization helps women and children faced with unfortunate situations.

American National Bank is dedicated to making the community a better place through donations, sponsorships and volunteering — and not just during the holidays, but all year, said Lon Carpenter, senior operations officer at the bank.

American National Bank also serves the community through an employee volunteer program called Community Corps. Community Corps members have helped more than 250 non-profit organizations and programs.

“It’s very important to us as a company to stand behind the initiatives and causes our employees are passionate about,” Carpenter said.

“The bank assists those non-profits that our employees have strong ties with as much as we can. Some of these organizations include the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Junior Service League, Partners and Community Food Bank.”

Education also is important to the bank and its employees. Staff members volunteer in schools, educating students during Teach Children to Save Week. The bank also works in schools through the Get Smart About Credit Day and Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce 500 Plan.