Giving Back to Your Community

Personal growth May 1, 2019 By Paige Smith

At First United, we take great pride in being a community bank. It is a privilege that comes with the responsibility to give back to our local communities, economically and philanthropically. We are a part of our hometown communities not as an independent institution, but as part of a financial ecosystem that flourishes when the entire environment is healthy.

Last month, we posted an article called, “We Do What’s Right,” where we talked about our seven organizational values. One of these seven organizational values is Community. The full value states, “We make a difference in the lives of others. We share our time and our hearts with our communities.”

Think about what you are currently doing for your community. If you are not currently active in your community, I encourage you to find something that needs to be done… and go do it! If you are already involved in your community in some way, I challenge you to add at least one more thing to what you currently do.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Volunteer at a local school, offer to help as a tutor, join the Parent Teacher Association, etc.
  • Donate clothes, food, or other goods to local food banks or shelters in your area
  • Help out with local organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the Boys & Girls Club, etc.
  • Join one of your local community boards
  • Volunteer your time at an animal shelter or offer to help find homes for rescue animals

These are just a few of the many ways you could help your community. If you are not able to volunteer your time, you can still help by supporting local businesses in your area that give back to the community. By contributing to these businesses, you are helping them to support a local need.

Every community needs help with something, and it is up to us, the people who live in these communities, to help make a difference.

Remember what our former President Ronald Reagan once said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

By Paige Smith

Spend Life Wisely Coordinator, First United Bank - Durant

Paige joined First United in May 2013, serving in various roles which have included work in Human Resources, Organizational Development/Training, Executive Management, and Spend Life Wisely.

Paige has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational & Strategic Communication from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, teaching dance classes, and watching the Texas Rangers and OU Sooners. She resides in her home town of Durant with her husband and son.