Byline Bank recently announced it has partnered with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) to provide a grant in the amount of $11,650 to Oak Park River Forest non-profit Beyond Hunger. Beyond Hunger’s services range from facilitating people’s access to benefits like SNAP (“food stamps”) and Medicare Savings, nutrition education and cooking classes, and summer meals for kids. Susie Goldschmidt, Byline Bank’s Oak Park River Forest Market President, sits on the board of directors for Beyond Hunger.
In August 2020, FHLBC announced the creation of a $14 million Targeted Impact Fund. This Fund was established to support relief for populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and promote racial equity in communities across Illinois and Wisconsin.
“I’m proud to be personally involved with Beyond Hunger, a critical organization in Oak Park and River Forest, and am pleased Byline was able to work with FHLBC to provide this grant,” said Susie Goldschmidt, Market President, Oak Park River Forest, of Byline Bank. “We’re proud of Byline’s extensive involvement within this community and look forward to finding additional and continued ways to support the customers and businesses of Oak Park and River Forest.”
Byline is privileged to be a part of the Oak Park River Forest (OPRF) community for more than 20 years and in 2020 has committed over $65,000 to organizations in Oak Park and River Forest. As a local community bank, Byline has established extremely strong and loyal relationships with its customers, and several of the Bank’s employees are deeply involved with and serve on boards for various OPRF organizations in addition to Beyond Hunger, including Sarah’s Inn, Hephzibah, numerous schools and faith-based organizations, and Oak-Leyden Developmental Services, further demonstrating Byline’s commitment to the community.
Byline has also supported many local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic by working with them to obtain loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. At a critical time for struggling businesses, Byline was pleased to facilitate access to capital for them to help keep their doors open.