Merchants Bank’s Alden Roberts Provides Financial Literacy Education

(Bangor, PA) Alden Roberts, CSR in the Easton office of Merchants Bank, started a 10-series Financial Literacy Education Class this month at the Children’s Home of Easton.  The class covers such topics as; Needs vs. Wants, Budgeting, Branch Banking Transaction Management, Debit/Credit Card Safety, Savings, etc. Roberts was employed with Merchants Bank since January 2015.

Several bank employees have done similar education sessions at various non-profits in the bank’s service area, although this is the first time Merchants Bank is offering this education series at the Children’s Home of Easton. “Our employees take pride in the service they provide the community which is evident in the numerous volunteer hours they dedicate.  In 2016, our bank employees volunteered more than 1,000 hours in community events, serving at soup kitchens, supporting non-profit fundraising activities, and more, said Rocco Del Vecchio, CEO, Merchants Bank.

April is National Community Banking Month with the theme “Grow Your Community.”  We are very proud and honored to give back to the community that supports us.  Del Vecchio adds, Our unwavering commitment has helped fuel economic growth and stability for individuals and organizations in our service area.  We are sincerely grateful to be Northampton’s County’s Community Bank since 1890”.

Here are some interesting community banking facts:
  • More than 2,500 community bank have been in business for 100 years or more.
  • Community banks provide more than 50% of small business loans.
  • Community banks make up a disproportionately large share of commercial real estate lending.
  • Community banks employ 700,000 Americans and operate more than 52,000 locations nationwide.

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