First National Bank, which has its headquarters in Altavista on Broad Street, donated $2100 checks to four area charities this November 13, 2019 in its first distribution from the recently formed First National Bank Community Impact Fund. 

In an interview, Senior Vice President and Commercial Officer Shawn D. Stone spoke about the origin of the new fund: “At First National Bank, we have looked to the future, and how we can ensure that our organization continues to make a significant impact in our region for decades to come. That is why First National Bank has created the Community Impact Foundation in association with the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation. Through this endowment, First National Bank will grow its contributions to the communities it serves while making contributions to the organizations providing relief and making an impact where the effort is needed most.”

Senior Vice President and Chief Retail Officer Vivian S. Brown continued, “One of First National Bank’s core values is to invest in the future of our communities. This is achieved by providing financial support throughout the Bank’s footprint and by supporting our employee’s involvement in causes they care about.” 

The four charities include the Altavista YMCA, Daily Bread, Patrick Henry Community Services, and Meals on Wheels. Director of the Altavista YMCA, Steve Jester, said the Y plans to use the money for its Annual Fund and to upgrade computers used in the Y’s childcare program. 

There are 115 children in the after school program alone. When presenting the check to the YMCA, Stone stated, “The Altavista YMCA is at the heart of the Altavista community. Through their fitness facility, athletic leagues, nutrition and wellness initiatives, as well as availability of after school programs, the Altavista YMCA provides something for everyone in the Town of Altavista.

For more on this story, see this week's Altavista Journal.