Community is everything. We believe in making a difference!
Allegheny Valley Bank is fully vested in only serving the Pittsburgh region. It’s part of our mission to commit financial resources and time to enhancing and improving the quality of life in the neighborhoods we serve. Our deposits are put to work locally to support the operating needs of businesses, purchase and improve residential homes and commercial real estate, and finance consumer lending for car purchases and college educations.
As bank officers and employees, we often reside in the same neighborhoods as our customers, shop in the same stores, attend the same churches and send our children to the same schools. We take active roles in making our local communities better places to live by participating in civic and charitable events. All decisions are made in Pittsburgh.
We would like to take a moment to thank our loyal and generous customers. Your support and dedication makes our efforts successful!
The Education Partnership - providing students with supplies to succeed in the classroom
Adopt-A-School Program - distributing school supplies to the students of Pittsburgh Arsenal Middle School
New Bethel Baptist Church Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Lawrenceville
Our bankers have a green thumb!
Lawrenceville Organic Community Garden
PACB Grow Your Community Award
Junior Achievement of Western PA Financial Literacy Program
Pittsburgh Blues Festival to benefit the Greater Pittburgh Community Food Bank
Working together to eliminate hunger in our communities
AVB's 3rd consecutive award was presented for sponsoring The Education Partnership's Adopt-A-School program. The Adopt-A-School Program provides a unique, direct way to help local students in low income neighborhood schools succeed in getting their education. The financial support provided by Adopt-A-School partners helps students and teachers receive essential school supplies throughout the entire academic year. AVB "adopted" the students at Pittsburgh Arsenal Grades 6 - 8 for the 2015-2016 school year. Every student in the school received their very own “Power Tools Homework Kit”.
AVB employees joined together for two separate volunteer projects. First, the “Power Tool Homework Kits” had to be assembled. Thousands of school supplies were delivered to Allegheny Valley Bank’s headquarters. The volunteers formed an assembly line right in the center of the branch to prepare the kits, which included items such as pencils, notebooks, folders, glue, tissues and other basic supplies. A few days after the kits were completed and ready for the students, AVB representatives were invited by the students and teachers of Pittsburgh Arsenal to an assembly at the school. During this assembly, Homework Kits were distributed directly to into the hands of each and every student at Pittsburgh Arsenal, grades 6-8.
AVB "adopted" Pittsburgh Arsenal again for the 2016-2017 school year. This past September, AVB visited our friends again at Pittsburgh Arsenal to kick off this school year just like the previous year - with the "PowerTools" to enable success!
During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Allegheny Valley Bank supported the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank by hosting an annual food drive and volunteering at the Food Bank’s largest fundraiser, the Pittsburgh Blues Festival. The Blues Festival has raised millions of meals for the Greater Pittsburgh community. 2014 marked the event’s twentieth anniversary and the Food Bank surpassed their goal of collecting over 20,000 pounds of food – the most ever in Blues Festival history! It was AVB's volunteer team who packed three semi-trailer trucks full of food donations!
During the month leading up to the Blues Festival, AVB hosted a food drive in their branch offices. Each office set up a collection area and encouraged customers to consider donating non-perishable food items and/or making a monetary donation. At the conclusion of the food drive campaign, the items donated by AVB customers and employees were then delivered to the Pittsburgh Blues Festival to go towards the event's food collection goal. In 2014, the food drive campaign resulted in over eight large cases of food and over four hundred dollars in monetary donations from customers, vendors and employees. AVB contributed a five hundred dollar match donation to the Food Bank.
Allegheny Valley Bank was awarded our 1st Grow Your Community Award for our ongoing support to The Education Partnership through employee volunteerism and by hosting an annual school supply drive. Since 2009, the Bank has collected school supplies and monetary donations in branch offices. Customers, friends, neighbors and employees of Allegheny Valley Bank have personally contributed more than $5,000 in monetary donations and over 30 cases of school supplies directly through this campaign. These collections have benefited thousands of students and hundreds of teachers in our area.
Through Allegheny Valley Bank’s “Helping Hands” initiative, a community involvement program where employees can take up to 16 hours of paid time each year, employees have spent more than 300 hours volunteering for The Education Partnership through sorting events, organizing school supplies, and distribution campaigns.
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania (JA) gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. In the spring of 2016, AVB volunteers participated in the financial literacy education programs at Pittsburgh Arsenal Elementary - grades K, 4th and 5th. Six volunteers carved out time to teach Junior Achievement classes one hour per week for 5 weeks. This program has strengthened our relationship with the students at Pittsburgh Arsenal School. It has enabled us to also continue to build relationships with the teachers and staff as well, serving our community as their local bank.
The garden was first established in 2007 by an Allegheny Valley Bank board member. It is located in an unoccupied corner lot in Allegheny Cemetery. In 2012, the Beautify Your Block Grant was awarded by the City of Pittsburgh to add another garden on the corner of McCandless and Natrona Streets in Lawrenceville. The gardens have been featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Tribune Review and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Lawrenceville Organic Community Garden provides a forum for neighbors to connect and share their cumulative knowledge on plants and food. This accessible space operates on principles of inclusion and respect for each other and the environment. Those who benefit from the harvest are residents from Lawrenceville and from surrounding communities, including local restaurants in those areas. The success of this project is due to the hard work and efforts of AVB employees, neighborhood volunteers, Lawrenceville United and other community organizations.
The employees of Allegheny Valley Bank have made it an annual tradition to volunteer to help our neighbors at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, a Lawrenceville-based church that focuses greatly on community involvement and charitable giving. Employees contribute by doing prep work and serving Thanksgiving dinner to approximately 350 residents. The event focuses on bringing the community together and ensuring everyone has a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner.