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Bank Independent seek donations for eighth School Share

Bank Independent launched its eighth annual School Share drive June 28 to benefit local school children through the $5 Helps Carry the Cost campaign.

School supplies and donations will be accepted at all locations of Bank Independent, by PayPal and through scheduled collection events until July 16.

Bank Independent works with local partner organizations – including, in Franklin County, the Department of Human Resources – across its seven-county footprint to ensure donations are distributed to area families in need.

The 2020 School Share drive collected and distributed more than $10,700 in cash donations and an additional 200 school supply items.

Because of the unprecedented pandemic this past year, all donations were collected through contactless payment options.

Combined with the past seven years, School Share has created a financial impact of almost $190,000 in the community.

“Our $5 Helps Carry the Cost campaign is a great reminder that a little can go a long way to make a big impact,” said Nikki Randolph, community engagement officer at Bank Independent.  “Whether you can drop off school supplies or take a moment to donate to the drive, we’ll ensure your donations make a positive difference in the community.”

In addition to the campaign, Bank Independent pledges to match total customer Smart Swipe savings up $10,000 until July 16 and donate that amount to School Share partner organizations.

Customers can enroll in Smart Swipe at any location, online at or through bank customer service.

“Our customers are invested in serving the community and particularly rally around causes that affect children. Removing obstacles to education by providing basic school supplies makes a big impact,” said Rick Wardlaw, CEO of Bank Independent. “The added Smart Swipe pledge allows our customers to invest in themselves while encouraging them to make a positive impact to School Share.”

School Share is part of Bank Independent’s Helping Hands program, which also includes team member volunteer efforts, donations and sponsorships.