Evans Bank demonstrates its commitment to the community in a number of ways including its Community Commitment Team and Community Development Activity.
About the 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. 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:
- The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
- Habitat for Humanity Build Project
- Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s
- The Food Bank of WNY Walk Off Hunger
- Jericho Road School Supply Drive
- Friends of Night People Soup Kitchen Service
Through our Community Development Program, 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 Banks has supported all of these important projects as a lender or co-lender.
Northland Workforce Training Center – Buffalo, NY
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.
155 Chandler – Buffalo, NY
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 — Blasdell, NY
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.
Ridgeway Commons – Lackawanna, NY
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.
Broadway-Fillmore NHS – Buffalo, NY
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 – Buffalo, NY
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.
Hope House – Buffalo, NY
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) — Buffalo, NY
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.