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Part of our Community with Billie Jo

Part of our Community with Billie Jo
Billie Jo with Join Hands

Pennian Bank gives each full-time employee 8 hours of Volunteer Time Off (VTO) per year, as a way to encourage employees to get involved in the community. For Billie Jo Deiter, Vice President and Branch Executive Officer at Ickesburg and Loysville Offices, volunteering has been a big part of her life. She participated in Join Hands Ministry’s Back to School program for the sixth year. This program provides children in need with a backpack full of essential school supplies and a voucher for a new pair of school shoes.

How long with Pennian: 25 years

Volunteer Work: Join Hands Ministry - Action Board Member; Perry Human Services - Treasurer; Ickesburg Lions Club - Member

Why Does She Volunteer: “There was a point in my life where I benefitted from local organizations and I vowed to never forget the generosity I felt when they helped me through tough times. I volunteer to help give back to others who have needs. I also met many wonderful people who I enjoy volunteering with and have become even more passionate about helping others. It’s especially rewarding when I see the gratitude of those we are helping.”

Biggest Challenge: “The biggest challenge is knowing that sometimes the needs are greater than the services we are able to fulfill.”

Most Rewarding Aspect:  “Knowing that I have the opportunity to give back to a community that is so deserving of my time, and that hopefully my passion for volunteering will have a positive impact on someone else.”

Organization Information: Feel free to reach out to see how you might be able to volunteer. Join Hands ; Perry Human Services; Ickesburg LionsClub

Additional Volunteer Time Off:
Recently, we have had more opportunities for employees to get involved in the community through the local United Way organizations. In addition to collecting items in our offices for the United Way of the Capital Region’s Stuff the Bus event, we had a team participate on September 10. Over 19,100 items were collected and distributed to local school districts participating in their school readiness initiative.

Another team participated in the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata’s Day of Caring on September 18. The team was tasked with mulching at Sonbeam Early Learning Center. Our team didn’t stop there. They kept the kindness going by pressure washing playground equipment.

We are so grateful to be able to give back to the local communities in Perry, Juniata and Cumberland Counties.