Local Tinley Park branch employees donate time and funds to community organization that serves victims of domestic violence.

Tinley Park Ill. – Republic Bank of Chicago made a $5,000 donation to the Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS), which provides direct services to victims of domestic violence while striving to hold abusers accountable for their actions and raise awareness through education.

“The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is an organization that steps up to protect victims and their families in their time of greatest need,” said Republic Bank of Chicago President and CEO Thomas L. Bugielski. “We believe it’s important to financially support organizations as well as backing our donations with action.”

Over the past three years, Republic Bank has donated $15,000 in total to the CCSS. These funds directly support the Center’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps domestic abuse victims who may not actually need shelter but do need support of some kind.

While hand-delivering this year’s monetary donation, Kamlesh Jain, Vice President and Branch Sales Manager at Republic Bank’s Tinley Park branch, began building relationships with members of the crisis center’s leadership team. Today, Jain and her colleagues volunteer at CCSS by attending center events, providing accounting and receivable services for fundraisers, and working at Neat Repeats Resale, a group of resale shops owned and operated by the CCSS.

Not only do these shops offer affordable family clothing and household items to members of the local community, but Neat Repeats proceeds also provide more than one-third of CCSS’s operating revenue.

“We take pride in our community and our bank,” Jain said. “By volunteering, our team can support amazing local organizations like the Crisis Center for South Suburbia that do so much to positively impact where we live and where we work.”

Republic Bank employees are also working closely by volunteering with CCSS leaders to develop a new financial literacy program.

“We are looking forward to deepening our partnership with the center by offering classes focused on educating and empowering victims,” said Jain. “The center recognized a need for a financial literacy program and we are humbled to help.”

CCSS executive director Pamela Kostecki said that financial instability is often the reason that victims return to their abusers. Initiating these classes will educate victims on how to handle and manage money in order to give victims the opportunity to reach self-sufficiency and independence.

“Our local partnerships are instrumental in raising awareness for the cause,” she said. “Because Republic Bank is willing to talk about the financial aspect of this issue and has supported those affected, it has made it safer and more comfortable for victims of domestic violence to come forward and seek the help they need.”

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