Colonial takes an immense amount of pride in serving our local communities. Whether it be providing grants to benefit underprivileged individuals, volunteering at area events or providing homebuyer and banking education, Colonial believes in doing the right thing for our neighbors and customers alike. Here’s what we’ve been up to in the community this fall.
Cleburne Education Foundation
In late September, The Colonial Savings Foundation gave a grant donation to the Cleburne Education Foundation (CEF) whose mission is "to enhance the learning opportunities for students and teachers of the Cleburne Independent School district."
CEF’s current goals include:
To raise private dollars from the community to invest in projects and programs in Cleburne ISD not funded by local, state or federal tax dollars.
To support teachers and administrators in their efforts to provide the most innovative and creative learning opportunities for their students.
To work together with the community and Cleburne ISD so all Cleburne students can achieve their dreams.
We were thrilled to donate to such a worthwhile organization.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October marked National Cyber Security Awareness Month. National Cyber Security Month encourages vigilance and protection by all computer users.
Throughout the month of October, Colonial provided links to facts, tips and best practices about how to stay safe online. We feel that it’s extremely important to educate our customers and employees alike about how to avoid cyber threats.
Young Women's Leadership Academy
In October, the Colonial Savings Foundation was proud to give a donation of $2,500 to the Young Women's Leadership Academy of Fort Worth (YWLA). YWLA offers girls a dynamic learning experience that encourages critical thinking, inspires confidence and nurtures the intellectual and social development necessary for success in college and life.
Boulder Golf Tournament Sponsorship
Colonial National Mortgage’s Boulder Branch was proud to serve as a sponsor of the Colorado National Guard Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament.
According to the Colorado National Guard Foundation website, the organization has been serving Soldiers, Airmen and their families since 1991 and assists Colorado Guard members who experience financial hardships and other immediate family emergencies.
Our Boulder team was in attendance and enjoyed an afternoon of golf in support of this noble cause.
Colonial donates headphones to Harrison Lane Elementary
When Harrison Lane Elementary School of Hurst, Texas found that they did not have enough headphones for their computer lab, they asked via Facebook if there was anyone out there willing to give a donation. Colonial Loan Officer James Wilson wanted to help.
“I found out about their need for headphones while looking at a Resurrecting South Hurst Facebook page,” said Wilson. “Since I work and live in Hurst, this caught my attention because not only is it helping the community, but I believe it sends a positive message to the kids that go to school there.”
Wilson reached out to Colonial’s Marketing Department to see what could be done and they were more than happy to purchase and donate more than 35 headphones to support the school.
Colonial is a proud supporter of our country’s Veterans. A lot of people may not know that Colonial was actually founded by a veteran. Jimmy DuBose started Colonial in 1952 after he returned from serving as a bomber pilot in World War II.
For more than six decades, Colonial has celebrated this nation’s Veterans. A number of Colonial employees and U.S. Military Veterans were recognized for their service and sacrifices for our country.
Another tradition we continued this year was partnering with Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail. We had the privilege of working with three amazing groups of students from Stripling Middle School and Trimble Tech High School of Fort Worth, respectively. Volunteers from Colonial worked with students to teach them about financial literacy, healthy spending and savings habits, budgeting and more. As a bonus, Trimble Tech students visited Colonial’s Corporate Headquarters for a tour of the campus and one-on-one discussions with employees.
To further show our support, Colonial was happy to give a donation to each of these teachers to help provide school supplies and other learning materials.
Stripling Middle School Donation
On Wednesday, November 14, Jim DuBose presented a donation to Stripling Middle School in Fort Worth to benefit the many education programs offered. DuBose was also asked to attend their Academic Awards Ceremony as a special guest that was held in the Jimmy DuBose Auditorium, named after Colonial Founder and Jim’s father.
Every six weeks, Stripling holds a ceremony to honor students who have shown outstanding work in academia and rewards them for school spirt and perfect attendance.
New Hope Christian Academy
The Colonial Savings Foundation was proud to present our year end 2018 CRA Donation to support the educational programs and community outreach of the New Hope Christian Academy (NHCA).
NHCA was established as an urban center pre-school and elementary education facility in downtown Plano, Texas. The academy provides encouragement towards hands-on leadership and community service opportunities, tuition and financial assistance to low income families.
City of Cleburne's Annual Christmas Parade
On Sunday December 9th, Colonial's Cleburne Banking Center participated in the City of Cleburne’s annual Christmas Parade.
Jerry Payne, Senior Relationship Manager, played his saxophone as the banking staff danced and had fun on the float! Banking Center Manager Deborah George, along with employees Tanya Thomas and Chelsea Fulfer were joined by their children as they wished parade goers a Merry Christmas!
Housing Opportunities of Fort Worth
The Colonial Savings Foundation recently presented a $30,000 grant to Housing Opportunities of Fort Worth (HOFW). As a leading provider of counseling services for low-income families seeking to acquire affordable housing over the past 25 years, the organization has:
Assisted more than 8,445 homeowners in saving their homes
Saved the mortgage industry over $60 million in administrative and legal costs associated with foreclosures
Worked with more than 14,600 Tarrant County residents in their efforts to maintain or access affordable homeownership
We were thrilled to donate to such a worthwhile organization.
Thank you to all our volunteers!
A special thank you to all of our volunteers who donated their time, money and expertise. We couldn’t have done it without your help!