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Clear Mountain Bank Fills Backpacks for Local Children in Need

Posted on: March 6th, 2020

Preston County Managers Delivering Backpacks 2020

Preston County branch managers getting ready to deliver backpacks to the Preston County Department of Health and Human Resources. From left, Vicky Taylor (Rowlesburg), Vicky Whetsell (Bruceton Mills), Tim Calvert (Kingwood) and Tonya Myers (Reedsville).

Clear Mountain Bank recently held a company-wide employee event, which included a service project in which bank employees filled hundreds of backpack kits for distribution to local children in need across the communities it serves.

During the bank’s first-ever Clear Mountain Bank Day, more than 160 bank employees teamed up with Pantry Plus More and United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties to accomplish this goal. The contents for the backpacks were donated by Clear Mountain Bank, along with some items donated by Pantry Plus More. They were filled with school supplies, personal hygiene products, blankets and handwritten notes signed by bank employees and have been distributed to local schools and children in the foster care system in Monongalia, Preston, and Harrison counties in West Virginia and Garrett county in Maryland.

David M. Thomas, President and CEO of Clear Mountain Bank said, “The entire day was just a great day! This community service project was an important part of the day to reinforce our community focus. We were founded here, we’re locally managed and our entire team knows what it means to give back to the community. We concluded our first-ever Clear Mountain Bank Day on a very positive note through what’s most important to us, which is giving back to the communities we serve.”

The collaboration with Pantry Plus More and United Way was part of the bank’s larger philanthropic program called Clear Mountain Cares, through which Clear Mountain Bank gives each team member a paid day off to volunteer at a service organization of their choice. In 2019 the bank helped 39 local organizations through the program.

To view coverage of the project by WBOY, please visit

Clear Mountain Bank is a locally owned and managed community bank serving north-central West Virginia and western Maryland. Clear Mountain Bank offers a comprehensive array of banking services. The company is a leader in providing electronic banking services, including mobile banking and remote deposit. Additional information is available at

About Pantry Plus More

Pantry Plus More’s mission is two-fold: to eliminate hunger in children by operating in-school pantries stocked with food, hygiene products, school supplies, and clothing. This eliminates the barriers of transportation, money, paperwork, and emotional hardships shame and provides children with the resources they need to learn, grow, and develop; and to partner with local entities that are also committed to ending hunger in Monongalia County. This expands our reach to different areas and helps us provide sustenance to families and individuals. Learn more at

About United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Monongalia and Preston counties and enhances the quality of life in our community by helping those in need. Learn more at





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