Strengthening Community Partnerships: United Way and Partners host a Community Reinvestment Act Training Event

On Wednesday, April 3, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), in partnership with United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, sponsored a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) training for our partner agencies at Northampton Community College Fowler Center in Bethlehem. The event served as a platform for fostering collaboration between financial institutions and community organizations.

The free training aimed to equip our partners with invaluable insights into how they can better engage and collaborate with financial institutions across the Lehigh Valley. With over 40 partners in attendance, including representatives from five prominent financial institutions—Embassy Bank of the Lehigh Valley, Wells Fargo, Truist, QNB and Fulton Bank—the event garnered significant interest and participation.

Throughout the day, attendees delved into a range of topics, including an overview of the Community Reinvestment Act and an exploration of the various activities that qualify for CRA consideration. The training also offered a banker panel discussion with Q&A where the panel shared strategies for developing successful partnerships between banks and community agencies and provided practical insights and actionable steps for enhancing collaboration.