Big Brothers Big Sister Gets a Boost from Merchants Bank

(Bangor, PA) Merchants Bank provided the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley organization with a $1,000 donation to help in their mission of supporting children facing adversity to succeed and thrive in life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has supported children for more than 100 years through partnership and mentoring with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community.  Marlene Werkheiser, AVP/Treasury Operations Manager at Merchants Bank, has been personally involved as a Big Sister and served BBBS the organization in other ways for over 15 years.  Her “little sister,” now having a personal family-like relationship with Marlene, is graduating college this year with a BS in Communications Media from IUP. 

“My decision to pick up the phone and volunteer a few hours a week changed my life.   I can attest to the value this organization has to not only the children served but to the mentors as well.  It is nice when an employer takes an interest in supporting their employees’ initiatives.  Merchants Bank once again sponsored and employees participated in the Bowl for Kids’ Sake this past March. I am proud of their commitment to our community”, says Werkheiser.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters nurtures children with a mission to assist in their success in life.  These are the types of organizations that we value and choose to support.  The bank is equally a benefactor as a result of our employee’s involvement and the difference they make to the community.  They choose to support the groups that they believe they can help to make a difference with”, says Rocco Del Vecchio, CEO, Merchants Bank.

Established in 1890, Merchants Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank.  Headquartered in Bangor, PA, Merchants has two branch offices in Bangor and additional offices throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Nazareth, Forks Township, Martins Creek, Easton and Bethlehem, PA. In 2013 the Bank was recognized for its community involvement and volunteerism through two awards: Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s The Spirit of Forks Award as well as The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s Spirit of Volunteerism Award. MNB Investment Services is a division of the bank and offers investment and wealth management financial services. For more information, please visit

In photo from left to right, Marlene Werkheiser, Merchants Bank and Susan Bartels, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters