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Community Commitment

April's Non Profit Spotlight is on the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation.

What began as a small group of people dedicated to repairing the Butler Area High School stadium is The Golden Tornado Scholarship Foundation today, a charitable nonprofit that raises money to support a wide range of opportunities for students and teachers in Butler Area School District.

During the past decade, the Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 for a variety of projects, including the renovation of the stadium and stadium annex, student scholarships, artist-in-residence programs and creative teaching grants for teachers. The Foundation awards at least 35 $1000 scholarships, as well as smaller gifts, to deserving seniors at commencement.

What makes the Foundation especially unique is that the funds are raised primarily by the student body, their families and the community. The largest fundraising event is Butler's FAB Showcase, held each spring, a district-wide arts extravaganza that highlights and sells the work of student artists. District parents and the community participate as well, donating items for the Chinese and Silent Auctions and popular basket raffles.

This year’s FAB showcase is April 26 from 5:30 - 9:00pm at the Butler Intermediate School. Please consider attending this event for a family fun-filled evening. Admission to the event is free.

NexTier’s Spotlight of the Month for March…Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe)

NexTier associates will continue to sell the chocolate candy in their branches, which includes the chocolate covered pretzels and any remaining chocolate hearts in your branch. Proceeds from Jeans Day and chocolate candy sales will benefit VOICe.

In addition to selling chocolate, NexTier will help VOICe collect items from the WISH LIST (enclosed in packet) asking customers and associates to donate items to VOICe.

A VOICe for survivors of violent crime in Butler Co. 
Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe) is a non-profit systems change organization that provides free and confidential services to individuals and families who are survivors of other crime. VOICe works within our community to bring about social change and provide survivors with the ability to take control of their lives.
We support survivors of:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Simple or aggravated assault
  • Child sexual assault
  • Adult survivors of sexual abuse or incest
  • Stalking
  • Sexual harassment
  • Attempted homicide or families of homicide victims
  • Terroristic threats
  • Burglary / robbery 

For more information please visit http://voiceforvictims.com

Check Presentation to Woodlands
As part of NexTier’s ongoing commitment to serve others in our community, we were proud
to present The Woodlands a donation of $10,000.00. Karen Bracket (Preferred Corporate
Services) and Gary Norris (Commerical Lending) were on hand to present the check.

On April 19 and April 20, the Butler County Humane Society visited 3 NexTier Branches as part of NexTier's Non Profit Spotlight of the Month for April – Morgan Center, Moraine and Cranberry.

The BCHS visits went well which started at Morgan Center Friday afternoon, along with Sonny’s Hot Dog Cart serving lunch outside the branch. Then on to Moraine for late afternoon. Radio station WISR was at both branches and interviewed Carol Achezinski. Clara’s Collars (a local business) and chocolate covered pretzels were also sold during this time with all proceeds going to the Butler County Humane Society.

Saturday the BCHS was on to Cranberry. It was reported a few customers were interested in adopting an animal. Customers made donations. Clara’s Collars and chocolate covered pretzels were sold. Cranberry had children color animal pictures and dog treats were given to customers to take home to their own pets.

“As a ‘hometown’ bank, NexTier has really taken Butler County Humane Society’s needs and challenges into account. We have a small staff, and an even smaller administrative staff. When presented with a fundraising goal challenge from one of our donors, NexTier introduced us to their Lock Box donation system, which allows the donations to go directly to NexTier. NexTier would enter and deposit the funds right into our account. NexTier saved us hours of data entry and allowed our front desk team to concentrate on our mission of helping animals find new homes. NexTier continues to partner with us on ways to save time and money, and are a valuable networking resource as well.

Lynette Vybiral
Butler County Humane Society

Click here to view our Community Events Calendar for upcoming events.

NexTier proudly maintains key commitments to the following organizations:

Many NexTier associates wear jeans each Friday as a commitment to donating funds to a different charity each month. NexTier’s jeans days have resulted in donations to various nonprofits to date, including:

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • American Heart Association
  • Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania
  • American Liver Foundation
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Butler County
  • Blind Association
  • Butler County Humane Society
  • Crisis Center North
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dunbar Community Center
  • Ellen O'Brien Gaiser Addiction Center
  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Haiti Relief through the American Red Cross
  • Honor Flight Network
  • March of Dimes
  • Mental Health Association of Butler County
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Children’s Leukemia Foundation
  • NexTier Junior Bank Board
  • Project Bundle Up
  • Rotary International Polio Campaign
  • Spina Bifida Association of Western PA
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way of Butler County
  • VOICe

NexTier's sports-related sponsorships have included:

  • NexTier Stadium in Seneca Valley School District
  • Karns City School District digital sign
  • Renovation of press box as part of Butler Area School District’s campaign to upgrade its high school athletic facilities
  • Official bank of the Butler BlueSox collegiate baseball team (and sponsor)

Financial Education

"Supporting these programs supplies children and young adults with information they otherwise may not be exposed to. This is an investment in a healthier future economy.”

-- Don Shamey, NexTier Bank, CEO

  • In 2013, 14 educational organizations in western Pennsylvania received funding acquired from NexTier Bank’s involvement with the state’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. 2014 marks NexTier’s sixth consecutive year of participation in the program. The positive outcome has been NexTier’s ability to distribute funds totaling over $900,000. A statewide program, EITC enables businesses to make donations to organizations they choose from a Commonwealth – approved list. EITC is a statewide initiative enacted by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development in 2001. EITC enables eligible businesses to apply credits against their tax liability for the tax year in which they make a contribution to support education in Pennsylvania.
  • For over ten years, NexTier Bankers have been teaching savings lessons in local classrooms on National Teach Children to Save Day, a program established by the American bankers Association. On April 23, 2013, NexTier Bank partnered with local schools in Butler and Northern Allegheny Counties to celebrate Teach Children to Save Day. More than 500 local youths explored the difference between needs and wants, how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending, and how to save.

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