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JN Bank wants to support more community development projects; encourages members to nominate worthy projects

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:50 PM
The JN Bank head branch and corporate offices in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew.

With over $50 million already spent on community development projects across the island, JN Bank in partnership with its philanthropic arm - JN Foundation, is now searching for more projects aimed at enhancing or correcting issues of concern in more communities.

The bank is inviting members and other community stakeholders to identify and nominate worthwhile projects that can impact positively on their communities for consideration by its Member Advisory Councils (MAC).

According to JN Bank, community projects are important to nation building, hence the move to empower its members by supporting development at the community and national levels.

The bank also views the initiative as a mechanism for JN members to be get more involved in the implementation of worthwhile projects, based on the allocation of JN Bank’s resources to these projects.

The first deadline for the nomination of projects is February 28. JN members are, therefore, being encouraged to visit the JN Bank website at: www.jnbank.com/member-advisory-council to access nomination forms.

Saniah Spencer, chief marketing and product development officer at JN Bank, explained that the projects for nomination will be grouped in the following categories: Community Development; Health and Wellbeing; Child Safety; Early Childhood Education and the Vulnerable Population.

The MACs, which were re-established this year, represents JN Bank’s partnership with communities, in and around its 35 branches and MoneyShops in each parish across the country.

Last month, regional MAC workshops were held in Ocho Rios, St Ann; Mandeville, Manchester; and Catherine Hall, St James, to engage members about the renewed programme.

“I believe that when we share the information about the work of MACs in our communities, it will be something they will welcome, because assistance is needed in our communities,” said Kevin South, pastor of the Spring Village Gospel Assembly in Spring Village, St Catherine. “I do believe that JN is doing something positive, which is needed in these times,” he added.

Lydia Sherrt-Obinim, a member from Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, has already identified road hazards as one of the areas which she would like to be addressed. “The MAC is a great initiative and I look forward to nominating my project,” she said.

To date, JN Bank said approximately J$51.4 million in funding has been expended on MAC projects, generating more than 370 projects in communities across the country.

These projects are spread across communities in every parish and, the funds are disbursed through the branch networks, to reinvest and benefit the communities in which they serve.

For further information about MAC projects, visit the JN Foundation’s website at: hwww.jnfoundation.com/content/members-advisory-council-projects.

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