Category Archives: Community

Daffodil Parade 2013

Chesapeake Bank Sponsors Gloucester’s
28th Annual Daffodil Festival

Since 2003, Chesapeake Bank has sponsored the annual Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, a weekend-long event that celebrates the community, the history of the daffodil and the crowning of the 2014 Daffodil Queen.


This year, the Daffodil Festival will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from noon to 5 p.m. The weekend-long event is fun and family-friendly, offering the Rotary 5K Run and 2-miler, the Daffodil Festival Parade on Saturday, the Festival Poster Contest and daffodils aplenty.


The history of the daffodil in Gloucester County is almost as old as the county itself. When Gloucester was formed in 1651, early settlers brought daffodils as reminders of English springs as they established themselves in the area. The weather, soil and land were ideal for daffodils and the flowers thrived there. They were passed around the county between neighbors and friends, planted in gardens and fields, and atop burial grounds.


In 1938 the first daffodil tour was proposed by the Gloucester Rotary Club and the Gazette-Journal. Since then, the Garden Club has held an annual Daffodil Show where daffodil-growers compete for various awards. Later, the annual Daffodil Festival began to celebrate the community and honor an important era in Gloucester history.


All proceeds from the Daffodil Festival go toward the beatification of the county through plantings and other projects. With sponsorships and community participation through schools, civic organizations, clubs and individuals over the years, the Daffodil Festival has become Gloucester’s Hometown Festival – and Chesapeake Bank is proud to support such a great event!


For more information on the festival, visit the event’s website online.


NOTE: The photo in this post was taken at last year’s parade. We will once again be advertising our upcoming May 3 spring Shop Local Day during this year’s parade.


Chesapeake Bank Involved in Upcoming 2nd Annual Hands Together Historic Triangle Event

The 2nd Annual Hands Together Historic Triangle Event is a one day resource fair in Williamsburg that offers access to many services in one place to local families in need. This year’s event is coming up on Monday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Chesapeake Bank is a sponsor for the event.


Two of Chesapeake Bank’s own employees, Sam Poole and Denise Kent, have involvement that stems back to the beginning of this beneficial community event. Poole and Kent were involved with creating this event last year as a part of The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Class of 2013. The class saw an opportunity to serve the homeless and precariously housed in the Historical Triangle.


This year’s resource fair will be held at Quarterpath Recreation Center off Page Street and Route 60. People in need of social services, housing services and help from non-profit agencies will find value in coming to the event and having so many community resources in one location.  Guests will receive numerous services including medical, vision and dental checks, haircuts, bike repairs and notary services.  Each guest will receive commissary credits that can be used to purchase, complete free of charge, food, clothing and household items they are in need of.


Volunteers are needed! For more information on how you can help with this important community event, visit this link. If you don’t have time, but would still like to help out, please download this Donation Needs List.


Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2014

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the largest annual fundraising campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters, is coming up in February.   Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. The organization makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children. You can learn more about the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters through their website here.


Williamsburg branches of Chesapeake Bank have participated in Bowl for Kids’ Sake for a number of years, and they are joining the cause again this year. Three branches (Five Forks, Lightfoot and Lafayette) are challenging each other to see which branch can raise the most funds for the campaign. The branches are raising money through different activities, from bake sales to mini bowling set up within a branch location.


“The youth of today are our future,” said Donna Mitchell, branch manager at our Lafayette Street location. “Big Brothers Big Sisters gets kids involved with positive activities at a young age, and it’s a great organization to support.”


All of the participating branches get to feel good about supporting the community, and the branch that raises the most will get a prize – and most importantly, bragging rights!

Coats for Christmas

Coats for Christmas

What could be better than giving the gift of warmth this holiday season? Our Mathews branch, with the help of our employees and customers, collected 115 children and adult-sized coats which were donated to Mathews Social Services.


“The Mathews community is a generous community,” said Sandra Hauser, Assistant Branch Manager in Mathews. “When you express a need, they always come through.”


It’s never too late to give back. If you’re in Mathews and would still like to help Mathews Social Services, drop off some food to help stock the shelves of their food pantry. This is a year-round need that is in high demand this time of year. Food can be dropped off at Mathews Social Services, which is located at 536 Church Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The food pantry not only helps those who qualify but also those who may have a short term need or are just over the threshold of qualifying for food stamps.


If you’re outside of Mathews, whatever organization is close to your heart, give them a ring this season to see what’s on their urgent needs list. A little gift can go a long way.


September recap at Chesapeake Bank

During the month of September, Chesapeake Bank participated in service projects across the region. Here is a summary of our efforts and an update on the non-profits who worked with us over the course of the month.



Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic

Through community donations, bake sales, fund drives and radio promotions, our Mathews, Gloucester and Hayes branches raised almost $7,000 for the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic’s Capital Campaign. Chesapeake Bank will be matching the entire amount raised from our three branches.


“A huge thank you to all of the Chesapeake Bank family for its efforts,” said Babs Zuhowski, associate director of development & marketing for the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic.  “You have helped us give a hand up; not a hand out to our patients by building them an incredible new facility.” With the funds raised by Chesapeake Bank, including the full match, the current balance of the GMFC’s Capital Campaign is $1,021,024.


Bake Sale 


Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity Build Day

Dozens of volunteers came out to hang sheet rock, put up siding and build a porch for one of the Habitat’s home building projects.


There is still work to be done to the inside of the home, but Habitat for Humanity hopes that the home recipient will be moved in by late December.


Build Day


United Way of Greater Williamsburg Day of Caring

This year’s Day of Caring event brought out over 500 volunteers, making this the largest Day of Caring for the Greater Williamsburg United Way on record.


This year, projects included 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).


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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.

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In the Community: Nonprofit round-up

Chesapeake Bank has a very busy fall planned. This September, each of our services regions will be participating in a community event or fundraising campaign to support their local communities.

On September 13, the Williamsburg employees will be participating in the United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s annual Day of Caring event. This event was created as a way to spur volunteerism in communities across the country and this year’s Day of Caring will be fueled by hundreds of volunteers who will be completing dozens of projects across the Williamsburg area. To volunteer, go to to download the volunteer form. Complete the form and submit by Thursday, September 5.

In the Northern Neck region, Chesapeake Bank employees will be participating in a “Build Day” for the Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity on Sept. 21. To volunteer with our Chesapeake Bank team, come out to any of our branches in the Northern Neck area and register.

The Gloucester & Mathews branches are raising funds for the Gloucester-Mathews Free Family Clinic to help the organization purchase a new building to house its operation. The branches will be raising funds during the month of September. There will also be a fund drive at our Gloucester branch on Friday, September 20 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To support the Capital Campaign, our Hayes and Gloucester branches will be hosting bake sales in the morning on September 6 and September 27. Our Mathews branch will also host a bake sale on September 27.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page where we will keep you updated with the latest details on the fundraising and community efforts of our branches. And to read more about each of our branches and the nonprofit events, please check out our Events page.


Teaching kids a local business lesson

Do you need something to keep your kids busy during summer vacation? One of our favorite life lessons to be taught is the importance of shopping local and supporting the surrounding community, and starting that conversation with school-aged children is a great time to introduce the topic.

This summer, encourage your children to start their own local business. Whether it is a lemonade, cookie or craft stand, developing a plan will help them learn about running their own business, shopping local and supporting their community in the process.

Have them put their business plan on paper, which includes selecting a business idea, making a list of items you’ll need, creating a profit planner (expenses and profits) and promoting the product or service.

A couple of hints to keep in mind:

  • Pick a business that showcases your child; don’t encourage a business that is out of their wheelhouse. What plays into their interests and strengths?
  • Use this time to teach them about shopping local and being a local business. Source any ingredients and materials from farmers markets and area businesses. Remind them that their community will be the one supporting them, and in turn, they should support the community.
  • Take advantage of events that will already have a larger attendance. Attach their business to a yard sale or block party.
  • Use your resources to help promote their business. Use your social media pages such as a Facebook to make an event or help them make and post flyers in the neighborhood.

In no time, your child will see the customers rolling in. When your child sees how they benefit from others shopping at their stand, they will understand the importance of buying local.

In View

Chesapeake Bank meets Larry King

Chesapeake Bank will be one of the banks featured in an upcoming segment on a series called “In View”, hosted by Larry King. The 30-minute show will feature a 5-minute segment that highlights Chesapeake Bank as a community bank, and will discuss how local banks benefit their communities and how they’re different from large, national banking organizations.

The segment will be airing on the Discovery Channel at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 17. Be sure to set your alarms (or your DVRs).

To learn more, read The Rappahannock Record’s article on the segment.