A right jolly old elf
Doral Bank’s Florida marketing director played Santa at a Christmas party at the St. Andrew Bay Center for Disabled Adults in Panama City. The center integrates clients into the community and gives guardians the time they need away from care-giving responsibilities. Clients present challenges along a wide continuum. “Here, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach,” the center’s director says. Doral employees have served as board of directors members at the center for several years.
Making spirits bright
Doral Bank helped make the holiday season special for Early Education and Care client families by shopping for items on wish lists provided by the agency. EEC is the Head Start program provider in Bay and surrounding Florida counties, working to provide pre-schoolers with the foundational skills they will need to succeed in life. The center’s initiatives include one that involves contacting new mothers before they leave the hospital to promote early education in the home.
Doral launches classroom projects
Director Beth Deluzain, at left, and the Bay Education Foundation in Panama City recognized Doral Bank for its support of established foundation initiatives including its Take Stock in Children scholarship program. The Foundation also thanked Doral, represented by its Florida marketing director, Steve Bornhoft, for establishing and funding the Doral Bank STEM Classroom Grants program benefitting teachers of science, technology, math and engineering curriculum and their students. Grant winners will present projects completed with scholarship proceeds at a showcase event in the spring.
Doral helps lead children to read
Participation in children’s programs at the Panama City Beach Library has quadrupled under the management of librarian Heather Ogilvie, pictured above engaging beginning readers during a “Storytime” activity. More than 3,000 children participated in the 2014 summer reading program, which was funded in part by contributions from Doral Bank to the library’s foundation. “We consider it our job to foster a literate society and bring about an informed electorate,” Heather says. “That starts with children and we appreciate Doral’s interest in our programs targeting young people.”
Doral Bank has worked with the St. Andrew Bay Center in Panama City for four years to improve the lives of adults with disabilities. “Doral helps make jobs come true for our clients who dream of going to work,” says the Center’s executive director. “Those opportunities for meaningful employment would not exist without the generous support of businesses including Doral Bank and the fund-raising efforts of our volunteers.” The director is pictured at right along with Doral’s West 23rd Street branch manager, who serves on the Center’s board of directors.
Doral Named a Top U.S. Bank
NerdWallet Recognized Doral for its Commitment to Consumer Banking
Doral Bank was recognized by personal ¬finance website NerdWallet for its consumer-friendly products and services, and named a top U.S. bank in NerdWallet’s Consumer Banking Index.
“Doral offers the kind of high-yield and low-fee products that are so highly sought-after by consumers,” said NerdWallet analyst John Gower. “That they offer these products, as well as excellent access options, makes them a great option for consumers nationwide.”
NerdWallet’s Consumer Banking Index assesses banks and credit unions based on 7 criteria: Free Checking, High-Yield Savings, Free Online Bill Pay, ATM Access, Branch Access, Mobile Access, and Customer Service. These criteria were selected by a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults as key considerations when choosing a fi¬nancial institution. Spring 2014 marks the second semi-annual release of this index and includes 150 of the nation’s largest banks and credit unions. Receiving overall high marks indicates Doral’s superior value to consumers.
“We are pleased by the recognition from NerdWallet and fi¬nd that it speaks to the commitment to our customers that underlies the robust growth we have experienced in our U.S. markets,” according to Doral Bank’s Senior Vice President of marketing, online banking, and deposit products. “We approach our business with the customer’s perspective uppermost in our minds.”
Service to Seniors
“Whenever we hear from a senior citizen who needs a meal, he will get one right away,” pledges Beth Coulliette, executive director of the Bay County Council on Aging. “We couldn’t live up to that promise without contributions from the community including those we receive from Doral Bank.” The Council delivered more than 79,000 meals to homebound seniors last year and served thousands more at its Senior Centers. Says Beth, pictured next to Doral Bank’s Steve Bornhoft, “Doral Bank nourishes us and we nourish our seniors.”
Giving Back to BASIC
“I have good news for any organization looking for precious program dollars,” says Valerie Mincey, president/CEO of BASIC NWFL. “We moved all of our accounts to Doral Bank and we couldn’t be happier with the low fees and interest income we are now enjoying. My accountant just wishes we made the move sooner.” BASIC is in its 25th year working to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, it makes free HIV/AIDS testing available and maintains aggressive community education programs. (Valerie is pictured with Doral Bank’s Steve Bornhoft.)