Evans in the Community
Evans Bank demonstrates its commitment to the community in a number of ways including:
- Community Development Activity
- Signature Programs
- Community Commitment Team.
Community Development Programs
Evans Bank proudly supports projects that benefit the community through lending and investments.
For information on any of the projects below, or to discuss your project, please contact James Rykowski at 716.926.8743.
Community Development Lending
Evans Bank has supported all of these important projects as a lender or co-lender.
Northland Workforce Training Center
Evans Bank is acting as co-lender for the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation’s transformational $41million Northland Workforce Training Center on the East Side of Buffalo in conjunction with the State of New York.
Buffalo developer Rocco Termini is redeveloping the former Linde Air Plant into a business generator and incubator in conjunction with the State University of New York at Buffalo and START-UP NY. The site has added to the National Register of Historic Places. Opening 2018.
Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center
Evans Bank partnered with Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center on the now complete new health care clinic for low income population located in Blasdell.
Evans partnered with Community Services for Every1 (formerly Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled) on this 32-unit Independent Living project that features units for persons with developmental disabilities, mobility impairments and hearing and/or vision impairments. The balance of the units have been designated for people with low incomes.
Evans Bank is providing construction financing for the redevelopment of the building and property located at 595 Fillmore Avenue into apartments and community/commercial space.
Buffalo Mattress Factory
Evans provided a construction loan for the redevelopment of the formerly vacant, historically designated former mattress factory located at 170 Florida St. in the City of Buffalo into 34 apartments.
The Polish Community Center of Buffalo, Inc. and The Lt. Colonel Matt Urban Center for Human Services of WNY are redeveloping historically significant former Buffalo Public School #57 into apartments and multi-purpose community facility. The project will consist of the conversion of the building into 27 permanent supportive housing apartments for homeless women, as well as those with mental illness, substance abuse issue and/or victims of domestic violence.
WEDI (Westminster Economic Development Initiative)
Evans Bank is now the relationship lender for this SBIC that issues micro loans to startup businesses, many of which were founded by immigrants. The Westminster Presbyterian Church founded WEDI in 2006 to improve the quality of life for the residents of Buffalo’s West Side. In 2015, WEDI expanded its activity to include the entire City of Buffalo. WEDI reduces barriers to success and opportunity through economic development, community building, and education.
Evans Community Investments
We invite you to learn more about our support initiatives.
Private Sector and Philanthropic Organizations Join Forces to Support the East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund
More than $8 Million Committed to Complement and Support Empire State Development’s $50 Million Capital Investment Recently Announced by Governor Cuomo to Boost the Capacity of Community Organizations. Read more here.
Evans Signature Programs
Work/Life Solutions is a workforce program of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County made possible by Evans Bank.
With the spirit of an innovative social enterprise, the program is offered in the workplace as an employee benefit. The program assists employees in overcoming obstacles unrelated to work that can lead to decreased job performance and workplace attrition.
The program is delivered through a set of three on-site solutions:
- Resource Coordinator
- Work/Life Solutions Loan & Savings Program
- Financial Education Classes
To find out more about how Work/Life Solutions can assist your employees:
Building Excellent Schools
Evans is proud to support two Buffalo charter schools—Buffalo Collegiate Charter School and Persistence Preparatory Academy—which are part of the Building Excellent Schools initiative.
We partner with these schools in a variety of ways—we provide financial support, we have Evans bank executives serving on both boards and we collaborate on projects to support BCCS and PPA scholars, faculty and families on an ongoing basis.
With unrelenting determination and a commitment to excellence, Buffalo Collegiate Charter School educates students in grades 4 through 12 to graduate from the college of their choice and serve as our next generation of leaders.
Through rigorous academics, high-quality instruction and leadership development, Persistence Preparatory Academy Charter School ensures that all K through 8 scholars are firmly on the path to succeed within a four-year college and create positive change within their communities.
Evans Community Commitment Team
The Evans Community Commitment Team (CCT) fosters service and volunteerism within the Evans family of companies and throughout the communities where we live and work.
Employee-Led Local Charity and Not-for-Profit Support
In supporting not-for-profit charities on a local level, Evans continues to identify itself as a true community financial institution, offering support through manpower, and if available, sponsorship dollars. Evans Community Commitment Team members are visible at various events throughout the year, serving as goodwill ambassadors of the organization.
Past events and activities supported include:
- United Way Day of Caring
- Buffalo News Kids Day
- American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
- Volunteering at our Evans partner charter schools
- Family Justice Center Mosaic Event
- Summit Walk
- Cantalician Center Prom