Blanca Torres

Blanca Torres

Austin Bank recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Community Involvement Award which honors bank employees who volunteer within the community. Blanca Torres was among the four employees honored at the Austin Bank Board of Directors meeting on April 14 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 Blanca for her community involvement,” said Austin Bank President/CEO John P. Williams. “She has given her time and expertise to supporting the endeavors of this valued organization.”

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 44 employees and their charities have been recipients. The 2014 recipients are:

Blanca Torres, Customer Service Representative / Jacksonville Main Office, was selected as a 2014 Community Service Volunteer to recognize her work with the Jacksonville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.

Torres has been a member of the organization for two years and serves as Assistant Secretary and assists with bookkeeping.

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is designed to increase community and police rapport by giving the public a working knowledge of the Jacksonville Police Department’s personnel and policies. After completing the instructional program, Alumni Association volunteers assist the department with community service projects including providing crowd control at community events, fingerprinting children at expos, teaching drug prevention to children and much more. Torres has been on ‘ride-alongs’ with several officers and assists with translating when needed.

In addition to the volunteer hours provided, the Alumni Association helps raise funds to purchase items for the police department that are not in their budget.

The CPA Alumni Association also makes donations of funds and time to the Anderson/Cherokee County Crisis Center, the Child Protective Services Rainbow Room and H.O.P.E.

Torres has been employed at Austin Bank since December 2005. She has worked as a Teller, a CSR and serves as a Mentor for new Bank employees. A graduate of Rusk High School, Torres lives in Jacksonville with her two children. She is a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Austin Bank, a community bank headquartered in Jacksonville, Texas, has been voted one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” for the seventh consecutive year.

With assets of $1.5 billion, bank offices are located in 32 East Texas locations within 22 cities and eleven counties. Austin Bank is locally owned and operated by the Austin Family who is celebrating 106 years of service in the Texas banking industry.

More information about Austin Bank can be found on the bank’s website at: www.austinbank.com

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