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First National donates $5,000 to Clare House to help families reach permanent stability

First National Senior Vice President Elaine Kroll (right) presents a ceremonial check to CSS Executive Director Robyn Dempsey (left) and CSS Chief Communication and Development Officer Tricia Teasley

Sep 15, 2022

First National donates $5,000 to Clare House to help families reach permanent stability

ANCHORAGE, AK – First National Bank Alaska donated $5,000 to Clare House, a program of Catholic Social Services (CSS) in Anchorage, that provides basic emergency shelter to women and children in need along with other necessities to transition to permanent, stable housing.

“First National has been a strong supporter of CSS for decades,” said Elaine Kroll, First National Senior Vice President and Treasury Management & Anchorage Branch Administration Director, currently serving as CSS Board Chair. “This donation to Clare House aligns perfectly with First National’s focus on helping Alaska’s youth in need. Two-thirds of the Clare House shelter short-term residents are children. It’s one way we can help shape a brighter future for Alaska families.”

“The families coming to Clare House are often living in a car or on the street, with nowhere else to go, when they come to us,” said CSS Executive Director Robyn Dempsey. “First National’s support has been integral in helping these struggling families shift from homelessness to permanent stability.”

First National Bank Alaska is marking a century of business in 2022, committed to investing in the success of Alaskans for the next 100 years and beyond. First National contributes about $1 million each year to charities and community events in Alaska through cash and in-kind donations to help Alaskans overcome challenges, succeed, and thrive.

Alaska’s community bank since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with 28 locations in 19 communities across the state and by providing banking services to meet their needs across the nation and around the world.

In 2021, American Banker recognized First National as a “Best Bank to Work For” for the fourth year in a row, and Anchorage Daily News readers voted the bank one of the state’s top three financial institutions for the third year in a row in the ADN “Best of Alaska” Awards. In 2022, Alaska Business readers voted the bank the “Best of Alaska Business” in the Best Place to Work category for the seventh year in a row and Best Bank/Credit Union for a second time.

First National Bank Alaska is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.


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