Paragon National Bank recently supported the efforts of several employees who volunteered their time and creativity to the Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.’s (NCC) 8th Annual Spring Jam as part of the bank’s Assisting the Community Through Service (ACTS) program. Employees who participated were able to help NCC simulate a trip to Japan for nearly 1,300 students and adults during spring break.
“We are proud to support the Neighborhood Christian Center, which provides programs and events that help enhance and shape the lives of students and adults in our community,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon National Bank. “We encourage our employees to give back through our ACTS program and those who supported the NCC Spring Jam really enjoyed helping with such a unique and fun event.”
Through the bank’s ACTS program, each Paragon employee is granted one week of paid time to support the nonprofit organizations of their choosing. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Paragon employees have contributed more than 2,000 hours to community organizations around the Mid-South.
Earlier this year, Paragon hosted an informational lunch event for employees to learn about NCC’s mission and encourage participation in its Spring Jam, which simulates a trip for students and adults to learn about life in another country during spring break. The latest trip took visitors to visit the Japanese cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Eight employees decided to devote time to help, including Pamela Caviness, Vice President Property Manager; Dorothy L. Cleaves, First Vice President Private Banking; Pam Hibler, Deposit Operations/Customer Service; Mary E. Jackson, Private Banking Associate; Scott Penny, Interactive Solutions Support; Margie Smith, Executive Assistant; Chad Tribble, Financial Services Associate; and Lisa Word, Residential Real Estate Associate.
The Paragon employees donated more than 35 hours to assist NCC in transforming its office to include an airplane and customs area, as well as a Japanese restaurant and school. Caviness and Jackson helped to create passports for the students, while Smith, Cleaves and Word assisted with creating the inside of the airplane for the visitors’ flight. Tribble helped with setup of the event, including building a ferris wheel, and Hibler helped create curtains for the airplane. Penny helped build the airplane frame, as well as built and painted Japanese shades.
“I really enjoyed the projects and teamwork, but overall, it was great assisting an organization that is doing something great for our community,” said Penny. “The volunteers were incredibly energetic and excited, which made it very clear that they loved and wholeheartedly believed in NCC and its mission.”