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Bank has many hands in community

October 16, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Cindy Dodd is very active in the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce where she serves as chairman of the executive committee of the board. She's also the assistant vice president and manager of the Reliance Bank at 2499 Lee Blvd.

"We are a community bank and our customers are known to us and we are a part of the Lehigh community and we believe in giving back to the community and we do as much as we can to involve the bank in the community," Dodd said.

She has been at the bank for seven years and is an active participant of many activities in Lehigh.

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Cindy Dodd

"We opened here in May of 2007. Our headquarters are in St. Louis, Mo., where we also have 20 branch banks there," she said.

Our staff enjoys taking part in the activities in Lehigh. Things such as the Fall Festival at Lehigh Elementary School, which is on Oct. 25.

"We've got goodie bags and we're going to give them to the kids with some surprises.

"We also will be at the Polar Pop at Circle K on Oct. 31. The bank will be serving coffee and soda free from 9 to 10 a.m. and we invite everyone to come and enjoy the morning," she said.

The bank is also a drop off point for the Diaper Bank and also a drop off point for Blankets for the Homeless and a drop off point later in the year for a toys for kids for Christmas program.

"On December 17, we will host the VIP Tent at the Lehigh Winterfest in Veterans Park," Dodd said.

"And we are always serving coffee for people who stop by the bank for a visit. Our hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Come in and meet Beth Schaefer, the assistant branch manager and our staff," Dodd said.

Dodd noted that of the many banks in Lehigh, only two are known as community banks and she says the big banks are different.

"You're more like a number to them," she said. "We know our clients and we love Lehigh Acres and being able to serve our neighbors and help them with any financial questions," she said.

"Our customers are like our friends and that is why we as bank employees believe in being a part of a community in which we live and work and enjoy what is going on in Lehigh," she said.



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