BATESVILLE – December 22, 2014 – Representatives of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches recently visited with employees at Citizens Bank’s Main Branch to accept a $500 contribution from the bank employees’ “Blue Jeans Fund.” The ranches are supported by the Arkansas Sheriffs Association.
The concept of the Arkansas Sheriffs Youth Ranch began as two mobile homes on several acres in Independence County in 1976. Through the support of Arkansans and the state’s county sheriffs, the program has expanded to include campuses in Independence, Clark and Crawford counties, and a multitude of outreach programs.
The Ranch provides a healthy home environment filled with emotional support to help abused or neglected children learn to trust those around them and cope with their emotions, all the while learning responsibility and building self confidence. The Ranch’s mission is to address, remedy, and prevent child abuse and neglect by creating safe, healthy, and permanent homes for children. What began as a safe haven for two boys has provided more than 1,200 Arkansans a place to always call home.
The Citizens Bank Blue Jeans Fund now has surpassed $10,000 in financial support to worthwhile causes and charitable organizations in the past two years. Money in the fund accumulates as bank employees donate $1 per week to be allowed to wear blue jeans to work on Fridays. Each time the fund reaches $500, bank employees select a charity to receive a donation.
About The Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County. Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.
PHOTO CAPTION: Representatives of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches recently visited with members of the Citizens Bank “Blue Jeans Fund” committee about using a $500 donation from bank employees to help purchase Christmas gifts for ranch youth. Participating in the donation were (from left) Tami Bennett, Pam Jones, Helen Shaw, Robin Brock of Citizens Bank; Philip Ives, Program Director, and Candy Davis, Business Manager, of the Youth Ranches; and Penny Rueter, Charla Foster and Tracy McClurg of Citizens Bank.