Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Calling all local businesses: Register for November’s Shop Local Day

Earlier this year, Chesapeake Bank hosted its second Shop Local Day, where over 250 merchants opened their doors to the community and offered shopping incentives in support of its patronage.


We’re gearing up for our third Shop Local Day, and we need merchants! From hardware stores to restaurants; gift shops to lawn supplies, if you support the local community, register to participate – it’s free to join!


Locally owned and operated businesses in the Greater Williamsburg, Northern Neck or Middle Peninsula regions are eligible to participate. As a registered merchant, you get access to Shop Local Day promotional materials, advertising support and social media mentions leading up to the big day on Saturday, November 9 (speaking of social media, be sure to “Like” our Facebook page, and we’ll “Like” you back).


For merchants who have previously participated, you may notice a few changes on the registration form. First, we’ve taken the registration process online – making it easier, and quicker for you to get involved. We’ve also made changes to the registration form itself by allowing businesses to extend their Shop Local Day offers beyond (or before) the day itself. You can also categorize your business, making it easier for shoppers to find the stores that fit their needs.


Register today, take advantage of the merchant resources and, who knows – you may even see yourself right here on It’s All About Community.


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Nonprofit programs: This weekend at Chesapeake Bank

As you know, during the month of September, Chesapeake Bank has been raising funds and supporting community initiatives across our service region. Last week, our Greater Williamsburg branches came out to the local United Way’s Day of Caring event. This weekend, it’s time for our Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula branches to shine.


The Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic’s Capital Campaign was established in response to significant growth in service needs (which has grown by 480 percent since 2007). To help provide quality healthcare to all those who need it, the Free Clinic is raising $2.5 million to expand into a larger facility that will better serve our neighbors. Our Mathews, Hayes or Gloucester branches have been raising money all month, and there is still time to make your donation!


To celebrate our month of fundraising, our Gloucester branch will host a fund drive with WXGM-FM on hand for a live remote on Friday, September 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come out and make a donation and you’ll be eligible for a raffle drawing for prizes and gift certificates graciously donated by many of our local business friends in the Gloucester area. Grab a free hot dog, chips and a drink, too.


As we’ve been doing all month in support of the Capital Campaign, Chesapeake Bank will match up to $5,000 in donations.


The forecast for this weekend couldn’t be better; working conditions are perfect for the Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity’s Community Build Day on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 a.m. Volunteers from across the community will be coming out to help with a home building project, where they will do everything from hanging sheet rock, to painting, to building decks.

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For more information on how you can get involved with the Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity, visit

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United Way of Greater Williamsburg: Day of Caring

For 15 years Chesapeake Bank has been serving as a premier sponsor to the United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s Day of Caring. A national initiative conducted at the local level through United Way chapters, Day of Caring encourages people to get off their feet, put on their gloves and get to work serving their community through volunteering at various project sites in their area.


A strong supporter of volunteerism within our organization and our communities, several members of Chesapeake Bank’s staff will be out during the Day of Caring. Denise Kent, executive assistant with the bank is just one of the volunteers with the United Way. “[Volunteering] gives you a different perspective on life. You see the world differently and helping people out is something that can help our community become better.”


Marshall Warner, executive vice president of Chesapeake Bank has been working with the United Way and its Day of Caring for years, and while projects and volunteers have come and gone, his enthusiasm about the day hasn’t faltered.


“We’ll have a thousand volunteers this year who will go out on the Day of Caring, and through the years, I’ve seen hundreds of projects. It’s just so gratifying,” said Warner. “It’s hard to describe the satisfaction that you will get as a person once you come out and get involved in the Day of Caring.”


Some of the projects volunteers will be working on this year include landscaping for senior citizens identified through Faith in Action and Meals on Wheels, completing grounds maintenance for Avalon (a local shelter that supports abused women and their children) and repairing and mulching the playground at Child Development Resources (a nonprofit agency that helps babies and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays).


To learn more about the Day of Caring and other volunteer opportunities with the United Way of Greater Williamsburg, go to the website,

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Back to School Tips

When going back to school this week, keep these tips, tricks and reminders in your back pocket to help you make it through the semester (and school year).


  1. Keep your child’s teachers on your good side (because they want you on their good side, too). Follow-up with emails and other communications from teachers and be an active participant in your child’s schooling. But know, sometimes staying on the good side of your child’s teachers means letting them do their job. Resist the urge to be a helicopter parent.
  2. Create a central calendar with every family member’s “school” schedule. Include practice schedules, game, major due dates and other important notes. Put the calendar on the fridge, by the front door or in a location that everyone sees.
  3. Buy school and lunch supplies in large quantities with other families. Check out the farmer’s markets on the weekend to see what’s fresh and visit local shops that carry school supplies, bundle your buys and split the bill.
  4. Make the morning rush less rushed. Before you and your children go to bed at night, be sure backpacks are by the door, clothes are picked out and any homework or other paperwork has been reviewed, signed and ready to turn in.
  5. Streamline the school week, overall. To make yourself less crazed, have a meal plan for the week and let the family know the plan before the week begins (now that you have a central calendar). This (should) help avoid the age old question of, “what’s for dinner?”


Remember to have fun. Just like you, at the end of a school week, your children are tired. Allow room for down time. For everybody.


What other tips do you have? Leave us a note in the comments.