Community banking at Astra Bank takes on a far deeper meaning beyond just serving the local community with banking products and services. We take our motto of “deep roots, deeper commitment” very seriously. It would be wonderful if we could centralize our community outreach efforts and manage everything in one place, but we recognize that this is neither feasible nor advantageous to the communities we serve. And that is why we place the onus of community involvement on our different branches and their staff. Location managers are empowered to scout suitable opportunities within their local community where the branch and its staff team can reach out, lend a hand and make a difference.
Our community service programs and initiatives run the whole gamut from helping to maintain local ball fields and parks, to charity golf tournaments, fundraising barbecues, food and clothing donation drives, helping out at retirement homes, and so on. Our branches also make sure that when doing business they support the local hospital bond issues and other economic efforts to help make things happen the way they should. We offer our help and support with general obligation bonds and also work closely with local governments and municipal corporations to help fund community initiatives.
We asked Richard Campbell, Astra Bank Chairman to comment on the bank’s community involvement and he said, “When you have been around as a rock solid institution for over a 100 years, you can’t help being deeply entrenched into the communities you serve. We consider ourselves an integral part of the community so making a difference and being a driver of positive change is what we take pride in doing every day, in many small and big ways.”
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