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February 15, 2014

Austin Bank names recipients of 2013 Community Involvement Award

JACKSONVILLE — Austin Bank recently announced the recipients of the 2012 Community Involvement Award which honors bank employees who volunteer within the community.  Janis Adams, of the downtown Jacksonville office, was among the four employees recognized at the Austin Bank Board of Directors meeting on February 11 in Jacksonville.  

Austin Bank annually recognizes its employees and officers for their volunteer service to civic and non-profit organizations within East Texas by giving Community Involvement Awards. The Community Involvement recipients each receive $500 and another $500 is donated to an organization they serve.   

“Austin Bank believes the volunteer work of these employees is a generous gift to our community.  Their worthy actions contribute to the community’s well-being and development, and are a testament to the admirable character of these employees,” said Jeff Austin III, Vice Chairman of the Board.

“Austin Bank is a business, but it is a business staffed by individuals who care about our community and the people who live here,” said Austin.  “Honoring the volunteer work of our employees gives Austin Bank an opportunity to assist the local civic organizations within the locations that Austin Bank serves.”

“We are proud to honor these individuals for their community involvement,” said Austin Bank President John P. Williams. “These employees have given their time and expertise to supporting the endeavors of these valued organizations.”

The Community Involvement program honoring employees, as well as providing monetary donations to civic groups, was started in 2004 by Austin Bank.  In that time frame some 40 employees and their charities have been recipients.  

Janis Adams, Customer Service Representative was selected as a 2013 Community Service Volunteer to recognize her work with the Jacksonville Literacy Council.  Adams serves as a Board member and off-site educator for the organization.

The Jacksonville Literacy Council has a mission to increase community awareness of the problems of illiteracy and its effects on the community and to also provide resources to improve literacy.  “I volunteer with many other organizations, but the Literacy Council is very dear to me because they reach out to help the young and the old, the rich and the poor, no matter what ethnic background,” said Adams.

The Jacksonville Literacy Council was formed in 1992 to meet the educational needs of the community.  It was determined that only 50% of the population in Cherokee County had earned a high school diploma or GED.  Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers and generous donations of multiple benefactors, over 100 people each week are being provided literacy through the JLC.

Adams has been employed at Austin Bank since March 1990 in a variety of positions.  She has worked as a Bookkeeper, Proof Operator, Teller and Safe Deposit Box Clerk.  As a CSR, she currently oversees the customer service center in the downtown Jacksonville office.  A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Adams has two adult children.  

Austin Bank, a community bank headquartered in Jacksonville, Texas, has been voted one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” for the fifth consecutive year. With assets in excess of $1.4 billion, bank offices are located in 31 East Texas locations within 21 cities and ten counties. Austin Bank is locally owned and operated by the Austin Family who is celebrating 105 years of service in the Texas banking industry.

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