Everyone cares about something. 

And Chesapeake Bank cares about a lot of things, but nothing ranks higher than our employees.

Workplace happiness research states that employees express greater levels of satisfaction when their employer gives back to the community and allows employees opportunities to make a difference.

With a brand that’s focused on community, we pride ourselves on our team of unique individuals, all passionate about different and important causes. We've highlighted Chesapeake Bank's newest team, the Richmond team, their interests outside of work and their commitment to the community. Through social media, ads on buses and TV, and online advertising, we are featuring our employees that go above and beyond to build a stronger, healthier and more beautiful community through their acts of community service.

What's your passion?

The best way to find out the needs of an area is to hear directly from the community. So as a component of this campaign, Chesapeake Bank wants to know, "What's your passion? What do you care about?" Just use the hashtag #ICareAbout to tell us what matters to you and your community. 

We're all about community.

A desire to make the community a better place to live, work and play, is a common characteristic of Chesapeake’s employees and an integral component of the bank's culture. Continue reading to learn more about our featured employees and their commitment to the community.

Renae Williams helps women in need dress for success.

While choosing what to wear each day may seem like a trivial decision, even a nuisance for some, it can be a daily struggle for those who don't have the luxury of choice or access.

Standing in her closet trying to decide what to wear to work one morning, Chesapeake Payment Systems' Merchant Sales Specialist Renae Williams had an epiphany. "I'm wondering what I'm going to wear to work, and some don't even have a choice," she said.

She knew she had to do something. Renae immediately got involved, organizing clothing drives and volunteering at the Laurel Shelter, a nearby nonprofit women's shelter serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

"If we can help make this one part of their day easier, then we should be doing all we can to make that happen. To me, it's as simple as that," said Renae.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Renae is currently collecting new or gently used business attire for the ladies in the shelter. You can support her in this effort by dropping off clothing donations to one of our Gloucester, Hayes, Mathews or Westhampton offices.

When it comes to serving meals to support charities, Tommy Adams wrote the recipe.

Tommy Adams believes the way to a donor's wallet is through his stomach. Which is why this Commercial Lender and owner of Jimmy's Grille in Petersburg usually ends up in the kitchen cooking during Ruritan fundraising suppers and charity events. "It's very important to me to give back to the community," says Adams. "I like helping folks through the Ruritans. We do a lot of fundraisers. We having reading programs in schools. We give to the veterans. There are a lot of different organizations we give to. And we give scholarships."

Ben Edgell helps raise funds for pets with cancer and the people who love them.

When Regional Retail Manager Ben Edgell finds a cause he's passionate about; he sticks with it. For over six years Ben has helped organize the Bow Tie Open Golf Tournament benefiting FETCH a Cure. Proceeds help raise awareness about pet cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. “FETCH a Cure is a great example of what a small group of dedicated individuals can accomplish. We are raising funds to open the first veterinary cancer center in Richmond," says Edgell. "People love their pets and our mission is to help keep them together in good health as long as possible."

Kristie Smith is helping bring Westwood Park back to full bloom.

Overgrown grass and weeds covered what was once the site of neighborhood children playing on brightly-covered slides and swing sets in a playground built nearly 50 years ago. When Kristie Smith discovered the historic Westwood Park quite by chance on an afternoon drive, she was inspired to take on the challenge of restoring the neglected park back to a neighborhood gem. Kristie teamed up with Reverend Jeanette Brown of nearby Westwood Baptist Church and together they engaged the City of Richmond, Parks & Recreation and the greater Westhampton community to join them in their efforts. “Westwood Park is a part of our neighborhood. I can't tell you how gratifying it's been to help bring it back to full bloom." 

When Frank Bell isn't behind his desk, he's behind the wheel.

When it comes to helping those less fortunate, you could say Regional Executive Frank Bell is driven. To be more accurate, he drives. As a member of the Rotary Club of Innsbrook, Frank delivers food for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program servicing homebound seniors. “Delivering meals allows seniors to stay in their homes. When we make a delivery, we often check on them to make sure they’re okay. It’s a great feeling to participate in something so worthwhile.”