WESTON, Fla. – February 19, 2016 – Florida Community Bank Financial Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: FCB), is committed to investing in local youth to build stronger communities and recently raised and donated to ten regional organizations to benefit children in state care through the financial institution’s “Year of the Child” initiative. Created as a core pillar to FBC’s philanthropic vision, the “Year of the Child” was declared in 2015 to focus on the support of transitioning youth between the ages of 13 to 17, working to help assist children in foster care enhance their everyday lives and future opportunities.
Through FCB’s dedicated efforts, the “Year of the Child” program benefited a total of ten Florida-based care agencies including Eckerd Community Alternatives, YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, Inc., Kids Central, Inc., Children’s Network of Southwest FL, LLC, Community Partnership for Children, Inc., Community Based Care of Central Florida, Brevard Family Partnership, Devereux CDC of Okeechobee and Treasurer Coast, ChildNet, Inc., and Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.
“The generosity of Florida Community Bank and its employees will help Eckerd Kids serve Florida’s vulnerable children. Their dedication to helping others allows us to provide second chances to those children who need it most,” said Martin Peters, JD, Interim Chief External Relations Officer, Eckerd Kids. FCB’s donation will go towards assisting transitioning youth that are aging out of foster care and for incidentals that state funds will not cover, but are very important and impactful to their daily living, such as clothes for interviews and minor car repairs.
“On any given day, almost 8,000 abused, neglected and abandoned children live in a foster family home in Florida,” said Kent S. Ellert, President and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Community Bank. “We are dedicated to supporting local youth through donation and volunteer efforts and will continue to support charities and organizations that work to enhance the lives of children in state care.”
In addition to fundraising through corporate events and designated “Blue Jean Day”, first launched on Fridays in April 2015 to support Child Abuse Awareness Month, FCB associates participate in ongoing mentorship and volunteerism. To learn more about the “Year of the Child” initiative, please visit https://www.floridacommunitybank.net/philanthropy.
About Florida Community Bank
With over $7 billion in assets, Florida Community Bank (FCB) is the third largest Florida-based independent bank. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE: FCB), the bank serves the state with approximately 50 full service banking centers. The presence of FCB blankets both Florida coasts from Daytona Beach to Miami-Dade, Naples through Tampa Bay, as well as the I-4 Corridor. FCB is among the most highly capitalized banks in the state with capital ratios exceeding the regulatory standard to be considered “well capitalized” by a wide margin. Complete information outlining the depth and breadth of the company is found at www.FloridaCommunityBank.com. Equal Housing Lender, Member FDIC.