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Community Commitment

NexTier's Spotlight for the month of August is Spina Bifida Association of Western PA.

Spina Bifida is a great nonprofit and NexTier has been a big supporter of Spina Bifida over the years. NexTier will continue its support with a Jeans Month and candy proceeds.

What is the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA?

The Spina Bifida Association of Western PA (SBAWP) is a nationally recognized, charitable, nonprofit provider of information and direct services to children and adults with spina bifida and their families. The organization annually serves nearly 1000 children, teens and adults living in 28 counties within Western Pennsylvania and portions of New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.

SBAWP was originally formed in 1969 as a parent support group, and now offers a variety of programs and services including camps and retreats, a Family-School Partnership program, the Gatehouse Prevocational and Life Skills Program and Adult Community and Support Services. Through its programs and services that span a lifetime, the SBAWP gives individuals the resources, self-confidence, and practical skills to lead full and active lives and become contributing members of the community.

The Association corporate office is located just south of Cranberry Twp., PA and employs a part-time and full-time staff of trained professionals as well as administrative and support personnel. The organization is governed by a board of directors comprised of members of the community, parents of children with spina bifida and business and medical professionals. Programming and operating costs are funded by individual donations as well as Federal, state, corporate and private grants.

Please visit https://www.sbawp.org/ for more information on how you can help this wonderful organization

NexTier Bank is a proud supporter of the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA


The SBAWP was established in 1969 by a group of parents representing the first infant survivors of spina bifida and hydrocephalous in significant number. The parents focused on supporting one another and advocating for quality health care. Since its inception, the association has successfully focused on addressing the needs of individuals living with spina bifida and other related disabilities as they age and progress through life's developmental milestones. Related disabilities include Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury and Asperger's Syndrome all of which include both physical and cognitive disabilities similar to spina bifida.

Check Presentation to Woodlands
As part of NexTier’s ongoing commitment to serve others in our community, we were proud
to present The Woodlands a donation of $10,000.00. Karen Bracket (Preferred Corporate
Services) and Gary Norris (Commerical Lending) were on hand to present the check.

On April 19 and April 20, the Butler County Humane Society visited 3 NexTier Branches as part of NexTier's Non Profit Spotlight of the Month for April – Morgan Center, Moraine and Cranberry.

The BCHS visits went well which started at Morgan Center Friday afternoon, along with Sonny’s Hot Dog Cart serving lunch outside the branch. Then on to Moraine for late afternoon. Radio station WISR was at both branches and interviewed Carol Achezinski. Clara’s Collars (a local business) and chocolate covered pretzels were also sold during this time with all proceeds going to the Butler County Humane Society.

Saturday the BCHS was on to Cranberry. It was reported a few customers were interested in adopting an animal. Customers made donations. Clara’s Collars and chocolate covered pretzels were sold. Cranberry had children color animal pictures and dog treats were given to customers to take home to their own pets.

“As a ‘hometown’ bank, NexTier has really taken Butler County Humane Society’s needs and challenges into account. We have a small staff, and an even smaller administrative staff. When presented with a fundraising goal challenge from one of our donors, NexTier introduced us to their Lock Box donation system, which allows the donations to go directly to NexTier. NexTier would enter and deposit the funds right into our account. NexTier saved us hours of data entry and allowed our front desk team to concentrate on our mission of helping animals find new homes. NexTier continues to partner with us on ways to save time and money, and are a valuable networking resource as well.

Lynette Vybiral
Butler County Humane Society

Click here to view our Community Events Calendar for upcoming events.

NexTier proudly maintains key commitments to the following organizations:

Many NexTier associates wear jeans each Friday as a commitment to donating funds to a different charity each month. NexTier’s jeans days have resulted in donations to various nonprofits to date, including:

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • American Heart Association
  • Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania
  • American Liver Foundation
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Butler County
  • Blind Association
  • Butler County Humane Society
  • Crisis Center North
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dunbar Community Center
  • Ellen O'Brien Gaiser Addiction Center
  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Haiti Relief through the American Red Cross
  • Honor Flight Network
  • March of Dimes
  • Mental Health Association of Butler County
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Children’s Leukemia Foundation
  • NexTier Junior Bank Board
  • Project Bundle Up
  • Rotary International Polio Campaign
  • Spina Bifida Association of Western PA
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way of Butler County
  • VOICe

NexTier's sports-related sponsorships have included:

  • NexTier Stadium in Seneca Valley School District
  • Karns City School District digital sign
  • Renovation of press box as part of Butler Area School District’s campaign to upgrade its high school athletic facilities
  • Official bank of the Butler BlueSox collegiate baseball team (and sponsor)

Financial Education

"Supporting these programs supplies children and young adults with information they otherwise may not be exposed to. This is an investment in a healthier future economy.”

-- Don Shamey, NexTier Bank, CEO

  • In 2013, 14 educational organizations in western Pennsylvania received funding acquired from NexTier Bank’s involvement with the state’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. 2014 marks NexTier’s sixth consecutive year of participation in the program. The positive outcome has been NexTier’s ability to distribute funds totaling over $900,000. A statewide program, EITC enables businesses to make donations to organizations they choose from a Commonwealth – approved list. EITC is a statewide initiative enacted by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development in 2001. EITC enables eligible businesses to apply credits against their tax liability for the tax year in which they make a contribution to support education in Pennsylvania.
  • For over ten years, NexTier Bankers have been teaching savings lessons in local classrooms on National Teach Children to Save Day, a program established by the American bankers Association. On April 23, 2013, NexTier Bank partnered with local schools in Butler and Northern Allegheny Counties to celebrate Teach Children to Save Day. More than 500 local youths explored the difference between needs and wants, how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending, and how to save.

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