Investors Community Bank recently presented a $1,000 donation to George Reis and Gloria Theis, representatives of the Helen Gajdys Reis and Lester Reis Endowment Fund.
The Helen Gajdys Reis and Lester Reis Endowment Fund subsidizes summer camp opportunities for children who are identified as "in need." Recipients are primarily those without the companionship and support of one of their parents. The fund enables area youth to experience the many advantages of a summer camp opportunity.
Some of the special camps youth attend include camps for music, sport, Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H, and Salvation Army for those children who have recently lost a family member. The fund also helps support other area initiatives that benefit youth and families, including Coats for Kids, Soles for Souls, the Two Rivers Optimist Bike Program, Peter’s Pantry, Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry, Hope House and The Haven.
“It is part of our mission to support the people and communities who made us who we are,” said Tim Schneider,
Investors Community Bank’s CEO and Co-founder. “This is especially true when it comes to organizations that benefit children. We are proud to support this program, knowing that all funds are used toward ensuring area youth have opportunities that their circumstances may not have otherwise allowed.”
Helen Gajdys Reis' mother was a Polish immigrant who came to America with many dreams. Unfortunately, Helen's father died leaving her mother to raise two girls and three boys (all under the age of twelve). Helen's husband, Lester, was also raised without the benefit of both parents due to the death of his father when he was just one year old and his brother was just two years old. With the help of Helen and Lester's son, George V. Reis and his wife Mary, the Endowment Fund opportunities became available to needy youth starting in 1996.