When it comes to volunteering or donating to a cause or charity, we tend to believe, “What difference can one person make?” But the truth is, no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

Chesapeake Bank and our employees encourage you to join us in supporting area nonprofits and service organizations that play an essential role in the growth and well-being of our communities. We invite you to consider one of the opportunities below.


We're Collecting School Supplies July 21 Through August 9

Please help Chesapeake Bank send 350 area children in need back to school with full backpacks. We will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations at our branches July 21 through August 9. The bank will match every dollar donated up to $1,000 for the following charitable programs we're assisting:


Williamsburg and Northern Neck - YMCA Bright Beginnings

“Bright Beginnings provides children in need with clothing and school supplies to help put them on an equal footing with their peers, so they can focus on learning and having a successful school year.” — Sam Poole

"Each Bright Beginnings' Shopping Buddy experience is special and I feel as though I get more out of it than the children, which is why I continue to volunteer year after year."  Cathy Snowden

Since 2003, Bright Beginnings has assisted more than 5,500 children in need prepare for the start of the school year with new clothing and backpacks filled with school supplies.

Three of our Williamsburg branches - Lafayette Street, Lightfoot and Five Forks, are collecting donations for the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA's Bright Beginnings program.

Four of our Northern Neck branches - Kilmarnock, Irvington, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, and Lively, are collecting donations for the Northern Neck Family YMCA's Bright Beginnings program.

In addition to school supplies and monetary donations, Bright Beginnings is looking for "Shopping Buddies" - volunteers who shop alongside children for new clothing in August just before school begins. Join Sam Poole and Cathy Snowden and volunteer to be a Shopping Buddy today. Click here to learn more about Bright Beginnings or to download a volunteer form.

Middle Peninsula - Mathews and Gloucester Departments of Social Services

“This is a terrific opportunity for our employees and customers to make a tangible difference for hundreds of children. Providing basic school supplies will help each of them start the school year off on the right foot.” — Cathy Mise

Annually the Mathews and Gloucester Departments of Social Services help provide area children in need with basic school supplies.

Our Mathews branch is collecting donations for the Mathews Department of Social Services and our Gloucester and Hayes branches are collecting donations for the Gloucester Department of Social Services.

What items are needed most? 

  • No. 2 pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • 24 pack crayons
  • Highlighters
  • Black dry erase markers
  • Washable colored markers
  • Blue and black pens
  • Large glue sticks
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil pouches/boxes
  • 3x5 index cards
  • Black and white composition books
  • Single subject notebooks
  • Loose leaf paper
  • 3-ring binders (1 in. and 2 in.)
  • 3-pronged, 2 pocket folders