Giving back: Mountaire, Precisionists, Delmarva Power, Bank of America


M&T honored for community efforts

M&T Bank has received regional recognition for its community efforts.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently honored M&T Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act across its regional footprint.

The review included the state of Delaware and the following accomplishments.

  • Contributing approximately $1.6 million to 208 not-for-profit organizations in the Delaware region
  • The donation of more than $13.8 million to not-for-profit groups in the Delaware region over the past decade
  • During our 2016 employee volunteerism survey, 535 M&T employees in the Delaware region reported volunteering 38,663 hours

Precisionists win nationall award from Autism Society

The Autism Society of America 2018 Adam Heavner National Award is given to The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI). Given annually to the Company who does the most to advance employment for Autistic adults

The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI) is an information technology and business administration services company that employs people with disabilities utilizing best practices to deliver high performance to major companies. TPI has a goal of employing over 10,000 people with disabilities by the year 2025.

The Autism Society of America is the nation’s oldest and largest autism grassroots organization. The Adam Heavner Award is given each year to a business that has demonstrated, through results, the highest commitment to providing meaningful and needed employment to adults with an autism diagnosis. For more information, go

Delmarva golf tournament raises $85,000

Delmarva Power held its 24th annual Delmarva Scholarship Golf Classic, a charity golf tournament held this year at the Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville.

This year’s event raised more than $85,000, which will be distributed for scholarships to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Delaware State University, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, the Kingswood Community Center Foundation, Delaware Workforce Development Board Youth Scholarship, Hefron Scholarship Fund, and Kids of the National Guard Camp Fund.

Delmarva Power has raised nearly $2 million through the event since it first began 24 years ago. This year, 144 players from across the region played in the tournament.

In 2017, Delmarva Power contributed more than $1.3 million to local nonprofits, while its employees volunteered nearly 11,300 hours to help hundreds of organizations throughout Delaware and Maryland.

Bank of America announces student leaders

Bank of America today announced that five high school juniors and seniors from Delaware were selected as Student Leaders.

The program offers young people who are passionate about improving the community an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer nonprofit internship and participation in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

Today, about 8.8 percent of young people ages 16 to 24 are unemployed, and the rate is often in the double digits for African-American and Hispanic youth from underserved communities.Paid youth employment programs that connect young adults to education, training and the job market can help them build workforce skills while also enabling at-risk youth to avoid juvenile delinquency.

Through Student Leaders, Bank of America helps young people gain work experience, broaden their perspective on how nonprofits achieve their mission, and advance their civic engagement.

At the leadership summit in Washington, D.C. last monthstudents joined 225 other young people from across the country to build advocacy and inclusive leadership skills and develop a peer network.

“We recognize that connecting young people to meaningful early employment can help them chart a path for career success and advance the long-term success of our community,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president, Bank of America. “The Student Leaders program offers youth in Delaware a unique opportunity to build their resume while also learning more about how to shape positive community change that will result in a more sustainable community for us all.”

The five Delaware Student Leaders were:

  • Ananya Singh, a Hockessin resident and recent graduate of Sanford School
  • Dounya Ramadan, a Hockessin resident and recent graduate of Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School
  • John Wilkins, a Wilmington resident and a rising senior at the Charter School of Wilmington
  • Preeti Krishnamani, a Hockessin resident and a rising senior at the Charter School of Wilmington
  • Siawaa Antwi, a Wilmington resident and a rising senior at Freire Charter School of Wilmington

All five students are interning with SummerCollab, which has hosted Delaware’s Student Leaders for the past four years. SummerCollab partners with local organizations to provide summer learning programs for low-income youth and reverse the effects of summer learning loss.

Mountaire honors scholarship recipients

Mountaire honored the 2018 Mountaire Scholarship recipients.

Representatives from Mountaire, our scholarship recipients, and their invited guests participated. Children and grandchildren of employees, growers, and grain suppliers are all eligible to apply for $2,500 scholarships which are awarded on an annual basis.

“As a company that prides itself on operational excellence, leadership training, and strong family values, we are honored to offer these scholarship opportunities,” said Pat Townsend, Director of Human Resources. “Through this program we are able to assist the families that keep us strong and meet and recognize some amazing young men and women. All scholarship applicants demonstrate a commitment to their education and the leadership qualities for a successful future. Choosing the winners is truly an honor.”

Following lunch, the following 2018 scholarship winners were announced.

Mountaire of Delmarva (Selbyville Complex)

  • Stephanie Tapia of Millsboro, DE, attending University of Delaware
  • Katelyn Kneller of Selbyville, DE, attending Wesley College
  • Eli Rush of Berlin, MD, attending Salisbury University
  • Jiwon Kim of Salisbury, MD, attending University of Maryland College Park

Mountaire of Delaware (Millsboro Complex)

  • Courtney Floyd of Pungoteague, VA, attending Virginia Tech
  • Ryan Townsend of Denton, MD, attending Salisbury University
  • Luke Pitsenbarger of Salisbury, MD, attending University of Maryland College Park
  • Emily Wilson of Delmar, MD, attending Salisbury University

Mountaire Growers:

  • Daniel Yu of Laurel, DE, attending University of Delaware
  • Christopher Clifton of Bridgeville, DE, attending Salisbury University
  • Skylar Bennett of Lincoln, DE, attending University of Montevallo

Mountaire Grain Operations:

  • Ryan Wheatley of Clayton, DE, attending Virginia Tech
  • Paul Saathoff of Denton, MD, attending University of Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture
  • Honovi Locklear Maxton, NC, attending North Carolina State University
  • Sara Sheats of Townsend, DE, attending University of Delaware
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