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're Collecting School Supplies July 20 Through August 8

Please help Chesapeake Bank send 355 area children in need back to school with full backpacks. We will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations at our branches July 20 through August 8. The bank will match every dollar donated up to $500 for each of the following charitable programs we're assisting:


Mathews, Northern Neck and Williamsburg - YMCA Bright Beginnings

“I am constantly impressed by the impact that our YMCAs have in the community. The Bright Beginnings program is a great example of this impact. I have helped as a volunteer shopper over the last 5 years. I always leave the event touched by the happiness we bring to the kids through something so simple as a new backpack and clothes. I can't wait to shop with a deserving child again this year!" — Leigh Houghland, Senior Vice President, Regional Commercial Loan Officer, 8-year Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA Executive Board Member and Current Vice President

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.

Our Mathews branch is collecting donations for the Mathews Family YMCA's Bright Beginnings program.

Three of our Northern Neck branches - KilmarnockIrvington, and Lively, are collecting donations for the Northern Neck Family YMCA's Bright Beginnings program.

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.

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 Leigh Houghland and other Chesapeake employees 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, Assistant Vice President, Middle Peninsula Regional Manager, Loan Officer

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.

Click here for a list of needed supplies.