Everyone cares about something. 

What's your passion?

The best way to find out the needs of an area is to hear directly from the community. So, 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. 

Chesapeake Bank. 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.

For Sam Poole, the United Way of Greater Williamsburg's Day of Caring is a day of doing.

The mission of the United Way of Greater Williamsburg (UWGW) is to "Improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of people and community."

Regional Retail Manager Sam Poole is the board president of the United Way of Greater Williamsburg – and he considers this important volunteer position a hands-on job. That’s why he straps on his toolbelt and helps improve his community through the nonprofit’s annual Day of Caring.

The Day of Caring is an annual tradition when neighbors help neighbors. The UWGW brings volunteers together under one roof from other local nonprofits, public agencies and businesses who are ready to work. Together, they tackle improvement projects such as landscaping, painting, cleaning, repair, and gardening. 

"When volunteers participate in the Day of Caring, they have a positive impact on the lives of so many people in Williamsburg," said Sam. "It's hard work, but it's also fun and gratifying to contribute time and effort to such a meaningful cause." 

Want to volunteer or contribute to UWGW? Click here to learn more. 

Ben Ellington put his heart into Williamsburg annual HeartChase event.

Research shows that cardiovascular disease our nation’s #1 killer is largely preventable.

The annual HeartChase event supports the American Heart Association’s goal to reduce death from heart disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020, and to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020 so that more lives are saved and fewer Americans die from heart disease.

“The American Heart Association dedicates much of their funds and staff resources on education. That’s the key to heart disease prevention,” said Ben.

As the chair of the local HeartChase race in 2016, Chesapeake Bank Commercial Loan Officer Ben Ellington headed up the logistics for this annual American Heart Association event. From marketing the race “to chase away heart disease for good,” to raising over $25,000, Ben’s passion helped to save lives.

Start a team. Join a team. Or donate to a player or a team. Click here for more details.

For the health of her community, Erin Johnston helps teens explore careers in healthcare.

Business Development Officer Erin Johnston’s passion is a healthy local economy–and a healthy community, too. That’s why she volunteers as an advisor to Boule Sigma Epsilon’s Medical Explorers. Through this innovative program, local high school students go into hospitals and find out first-hand what it’s like to work in the healthcare field. 

“The kids are so curious. They ask good questions. I didn’t expect them to be as engaged as they are,” said Erin. “It’s really rewarding to be able to volunteer your time and create relationships with these kids. I was able to write a letter of recommendation for one for college, and that was a nice feeling to be able to provide that extra encouragement for them.”

Please email Erin Johnston for more information about Medical Explorers at ejohnston@chesbank.com.

When it comes to helping area kids learn how to swim, Leigh Houghland makes a great big splash.

For Regional Commercial Loan Officer Leigh Houghland, the safety of our children is a major passion. That’s one reason he is so involved in the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA’s Learn to Swim program. As board president of the Peninsula Y, Leigh helps ensure that the area’s second graders have an opportunity to learn how to swim and be safer in the water.

“Within the Y’s footprint, there are about 7,000 second graders," said Leigh. "Last year we taught 1,000 of them to swim, and the goal is to get the endowment to a size where we can teach all second graders in our footprint to swim.”

"Kids learn confidence when they know how to swim and be safe in the water. That's particularly important since we live live in a region surrounded by water," said Leigh.

Click here to learn more about the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA and the Learn to Swim program.