Community Involvement

First GREEN Bank takes pride in the community. Check out how we’ve helped our neighbors and what opportunities are currently available for you to help.

December 2, 2016 – December 2, 2016

2016 Breakfast for Champions of the Homeless

Keith Costello, President and CEO of First GREEN Bank, served as a celebrity waiter to help raise $110,000 at the annual Breakfast for Champions of the Homeless on December 2, 2016. These funds will help countless individuals and families experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives.

Breakfast of Champions
November 29, 2016 – November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday, First Green Bank is helping to support IDEAS… Read more »

This #GivingTuesday, First Green Bank is helping to support IDEAS For Us, a local non-profit dedicated to creating global environmental solutions and funding local action.

When you support IDEAS, you create Solutions by funding action projects on campuses and in communities around the world that directly address energy, water, food, waste, and ecology issues.

Today, 100% of all donations to IDEAS, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity organization, go directly to microgrants in the first quarter of 2017 that make solutions like Fleet Farming, wetland restoration, tree plantings, and much more possible in Central Florida and many communities around the World.

Together we can support action that solves some of our most pressing environmental issues at the local level.

November 18, 2016 – November 20, 2016

Fort Lauderdale Sleep Out

Nearly two million kids in America will face homelessness this year alone. In order to combat this sobering statistic, members of the South Florida Community banded together last week to raise more than $195,000 for the Covenant House. C-level executives in Fort Lauderdale, including First GREEN Bank’s senior vice president, participated in the Covenant House’s “Sleep Out” where each participant spent one night out on the streets to raise money for children in need of a home. First GREEN Bank alone, raised nearly $9,000!

Nearly two million kids in America will face homelessness this year alone. In order to combat this sobering statistic, members of the South Florida Community banded together last week to raise more than $195,000 for the Covenant House. C-level executives in Fort Lauderdale, including First GREEN Bank’s senior vice president, participated in the Covenant House’s “Sleep Out” where each participant spent one night out on the streets to raise money for children in need of a home. First GREEN Bank alone, raised nearly $9,000!

November 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016

Food Drive

Beginning on Tuesday, November 1st, we are hosting a food drive to help the less fortunate during this holiday season. We will run it for the month of November.
Food banks say the focus should be on “on whole, unprocessed or minimally processed foods” to help people create healthy meals. Instead of donating foods that are high in salt, sugar and highly processed grains, bring foods that are high in protein, healthy fats and whole grains instead.

Stop by your local branch and drop off any of the following…

Beginning on Tuesday, November 1st, we are hosting a food drive to help the less fortunate during this holiday season. We will run it for the month of November.

Food banks say the focus should be on “on whole, unprocessed or minimally processed foods” to help people create healthy meals. Instead of donating foods that are high in salt, sugar and highly processed grains, bring foods that are high in protein, healthy fats and whole grains instead.

Stop by your local branch and drop off any of the following:

  • canned beans
  • dry beans
  • peanut butter, or other nut butters
  • rolled oats
  • canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup
  • canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium
  • low-sodium soups
  • canned tuna in water
  • canned chicken
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • nuts, unsalted
  • seeds, unsalted
  • shelf stable milk and milk substitutes
  • whole grain pasta
  • low-sodium pasta sauce
  • popcorn kernels (not microwave popcorn)
  • canned stews
  • unsweetened apple sauce
  • whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals
  • olive or canola oil
  • canned tomatoes
  • dried fruits, no sugar added
  • honey
  • chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock.

Additional tips:

  • Canned goods with pop-top lids are better than canned goods that require a can opener
  • Avoid foods packaged in glass.
  • Do not donate foods that are past the expiration date.

Thank you!

 

October 18, 2016 – November 4, 2016

Soap & Food Drive

First Green Bank is holding a soap drive to help victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Soap will be collected at all five of the bank’s Central Florida locations. Starting today, people who want to help can drop off unused soap at any of the below locations. The drive will end on November 4…

First Green Bank is holding a soap drive to help victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Soap will be collected at all five of the bank’s Central Florida locations. Starting today, people who want to help can drop off unused soap at any of our Central Florida locations.You may also donate funds to Clean the World HERE.

As a result of the recent hurricane, ten million people in Haiti are at risk of cholera. Already, more than 400 suspected cholera cases have been reported. Clean water and proper sanitation are key to fighting the spread of this deadly water-borne disease, and clean water and sanitation are key to fighting this condition.

If you live in South Florida, our Fort Lauderdale branch is collecting non-perishable food (in cans with a flip top) and water. You may donate funds to Food for the Poor HERE.

Both drives will end on November 4th.

Thank you for your help!

View our locations and hours HERE.

September 21, 2016 – November 8, 2016

First Green Bank Wants YOU to Vote NO on Amendment 1!

Amendment 1 will be on your November ballot. Don’t be misled; this is not a pro-solar measure. Instead, it is a deceptive amendment backed by the monopoly utilities, which seek to stifle solar energy and keep Floridians captive power consumers…

Amendment 1 will be on your November ballot. Don’t be misled; this is not a pro-solar measure. Instead, it is a deceptive amendment backed by the monopoly utilities, which seek to stifle solar energy and keep Floridians captive power consumers.

Floridians should vote NO on Amendment 1 for three reasons:
1. Amendment 1 is funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopoly markets and limit customer-owned solar.
2. Amendment 1 paves the way for barriers that would penalize solar customers.
3. Amendment 1 misleads Florida voters by promising rights and protections that Florida citizens already have.
The utilities are spending millions on this campaign but we are powered by millions of people who can strike this deceptive ballot down by voting NO in November.

Learn more here: http://www.flsolarchoice.org/

August 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016

First GREEN Bank Supports Amendment 4!

There is an important amendment on the August 30 primary ballot. It’s Amendment 4 (it’s the only amendment on the ballot). A YES vote on Amendment 4 would lower the cost of energy in Florida by removing the tangible personal property tax and real estate taxes on solar energy systems. Lower taxes makes solar more affordable and accessible for everyone…

There is an important amendment on the August 30 primary ballot.  It’s Amendment 4 (it’s the only amendment on the ballot).  A YES vote on Amendment 4 would lower the cost of energy in Florida by removing the tangible personal property tax and real estate taxes on solar energy systems. Lower taxes makes solar more affordable and accessible for everyone!

A YES vote on Amendment 4 would:

  • Change the state Constitution by allowing the Legislature to exempt renewable energy devices from a tax imposed on business-owned personal property.
  • Allows the Legislature to prohibit local property appraisers from including renewable energy devices when determining the value of business-owned real estate, which means property tax bills would not increase because a business purchased those devices.
  • Potentially encourage businesses to invest in renewable energy devices, such as solar-power cells and wind turbines that generate electricity.

A NO vote on Amendment 4 would:

  • Maintain the status quo, which currently subjects businesses that buy renewable energy devices to the state’s tax on personal property.
  • Continue allowing local property appraisers to include renewable energy devices when deciding how much real estate is worth, which means the value of those devices shows up on a business’ tax bill.
  • Have no effect on the current law that grants a tax exemption on renewable energy devices used on residential property.

Many people are beginning to receive their absentee ballots, so it is important to begin communicating with your friends and family now.  A YES vote is very business-friendly and great for the environment.  A win-win!

If you don’t think you’ll have time to vote on Tuesday, August 30, you can always vote early!

Lake County (8/15-8/27): http://elections.lakecountyfl.gov/early_voting.asp

Orange County (8/15-8/28): http://www.ocfelections.com/EarlyVotingApps/EarlyVotingSites_Back.aspx

Seminole County (8/20-8/27): http://voteseminole.org/how-do-i-vote/how-to-vote-early/

Volusia County (8/20-8/27): http://volusiaelections.org/EarlyVoting/hoursandlocations2016.htm

Broward County (8/20-8/28):  http://www.browardsoe.org/Voting-Methods/Early-Voting-Dates-Hours-and-Sites

There is another solar amendment in November that’s not solar-friendly.  Remember them this way: AugYES and November. 

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