This spring, Fidelity Bank was approached by the Officers of the Central City Little League who were seeking assistance to help them improve and sustain a little league that has been part of Scranton for almost 30 years. The field is known as Reddington Field is within a neighborhood of very moderate means; many single parents; and low income families. Almost 30 percent of them are on scholarship, which means they cannot even afford the registration fee to play. The coaches and league officials keep the field running with donations out of their own pockets, used equipment, and their own sweat equity. As a result, the field was in much disrepair. Fundraisers were not successful as players’ families and neighbors lack the means to support the campaigns. The League was running out of options and the need was dire to find a means to sustain it.
After hearing their story, Fidelity Bank, a community bank, felt compelled to champion their cause. “In addition to contributing to the cause we wanted to create something much bigger – A ‘community field of dreams’ built by the people of Lackawanna County,” explained Joann Marsili, Vice President of Marketing for the Bank. “We started reaching out contacting local partners including NeighborWorks Northeast who help them secure additional partners. Soon AmeriHealth, Caritas Northeast and MMQ Associates, P.C. two who share the Bank’s like-minded commitment to community reinvestment, joined the cause with monetary donations and employee volunteers,” she added.
Local businesses including, R & N construction, Gleco Paints, Scranton Materials and Dunmore Lumber immediately stepped in to provide in-kind support of landscaping materials, paint, lumber and the sweat equity of their heavy equipment operators to help refurbish the field.
On the morning of May 18th more than forty hardworking individuals showed up to lend their hands and their hearts to volunteer including: community volunteers from surrounding neighborhoods, Reddington Field alumni players, medical residents from the Wright Center, and an army of Fidelity Bankers. The ambitious group jumped in with paint brush and shovel and got to work. Within a mere eight hours there was a remarkable transformation.
“As a community banks we continually look at ways to reinvest and support local neighborhoods”, said Daniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO., Fidelity Bank. “We donate thousands of dollars to community organizations each year but we also feel that it’s important for our bankers to give of our time and talent and it can’t happen without the willingness and selflessness of our employees,” he continued.
This is not the first time that Fidelity Bank has stepped up to help. “Last year our employees volunteered almost 600 hours in community service through our employee volunteer time-off initiative,” explains Joann Marsili, Vice President of Marketing for the Bank. “Our team helped the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority build a nature park in Scranton last summer, one of the few like it in the country. The Bank also participates in United Way Day of Caring, Habit for Humanity, along with many other local organizations that need volunteer time and talent,” she added.
If you would like to help, the league is still in need of support. A charitable fund has been set up by the Central City Little League at Fidelity Bank. Donations will be accepted at any Fidelity Bank Branch or can be mailed to Central City Little League/Reddington Field Fund c/o Fidelity Bank, 111 Green Ridge Street, Scranton, PA 18509. For information you are encouraged to call 1-800-388-4380.