Hope Unlimited in Metropolis was one of four southern Illinois organizations to benefit from a grant recently received by Legence Bank. The bank, headquartered in Eldorado, was a recipient of a $16,000 grant through a partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLB) for COVID-19 neighborhood relief. The bank added $5000 and split the total $21,000 into four grants to benefit local organizations — The Women’s Center; SI Coalition for the Homeless; Men of Power – Women of Strength; and Hope Unlimited — in market areas it serves. In June, Legence awarded $20,000 in grants to local philanthropic groups. “We are proud to support the important work these local businesses and non-profit organizations are doing by providing funding that will truly make a difference in the communities we serve in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Kevin Beckemeyer, president of Legence Bank. Hope Unlimited executive director Nicole Farley and Metropolis Hope Unlimited center director Bonnie Tebelak (third and fourth from left) receive the $5000 donation from Beckemeyer (left), Metropolis Legence Bank branch manager Morgan Holt and Legence Bank CEO Martin Rowe.
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