Saturday 25 May, 2019

JN Bank invites nomination for community development projects

Members in attendance at Member Advisory Councils workshop held in Mandeville, Manchester in January.

Members in attendance at Member Advisory Councils workshop held in Mandeville, Manchester in January.

JN Bank in partnership with the JN Foundation is inviting members and other community stakeholders to identify and nominate worthwhile projects that can impact positively on correcting some of the many issues of concerns within their communities for consideration by its Member Advisory Councils (MAC).

Community projects are important to nation building hence JN Bank views this as an important avenue to give back while empowering its members by supporting development at the community and national levels. It is also a mechanism, which gives JN members the opportunity to be more involved in the implementation of worthwhile projects, based on the allocation of JN Bank’s resources to these projects.

The first deadline for the nomination of projects is February 28. JN members are, therefore, is encouraged to visit the JN Bank website at: www.jnbank.com/member-advisory-council to access nomination forms.

Saniah Spencer, chief marketing and product development officer at JN Bank, said that projects to be nominated should be in the following categories: Community Development; Health and Wellbeing; Child Safety; Early Childhood Education and the Vulnerable Population.

The councils, which were re-established this year, represents JN Bank’s partnership with communities, in and around its 35 branches and MoneyShops in every parish across the country, to support community and parish level development.

Last month, regional MAC workshops were held in Ocho Rios, St Ann; Mandeville, Manchester; and Catherine Hall, St James, to engage members in discussions about the renewed programme.

At the workshops, members welcomed the re-establishment of the MAC.

“I believe that when we share the information about the work of MACs in our communities, it will be something they will welcome because assistance is needed in our communities”, said Kevin South, pastor of the Spring Village Gospel Assembly in Spring Village, St Catherine.  “I do believe that JN is doing something positive, which is needed in these times.”

Lydia Sherrt-Obinim, a member from Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, has already identified road hazards as one of the areas which she would like to be addressed. “The MAC is a great initiative and I look forward to nominating my project,” she said.

The JN Bank MACs operate across all JN Bank branches and MoneyShops in Jamaica, and membership includes bank employees and community representatives. To date, approximately $51.4 million in funding has been expended on MAC projects, generating more than 370 projects in communities across the country.

To date, communities in every parish have benefited from the programme; and, the funds are disbursed through the branch networks, to reinvest and benefit the communities in which they serve.

 

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