The Dime Bank Contributed to the Geisinger Health Foundation

The Dime Bank contributed $15,000.00 to the Geisinger Health Foundation through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. The Dime Bank’s contribution assists with funding the Regional Educational Academy for Careers in Health-Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI) program, which runs out of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) and serves students grades 8-12 within 9 counties in Northeast and Central, PA.

REACH-HEI is a specialized out-of-school program that aims to identify and support students who are most in need of encouragement, including those from low-income backgrounds and those who are first-generation-to-college students. The program is designed to help these students reach their full potential in health-related professions. With the help of medical and graduate students, they provide high school students with academic enrichment opportunities, while also inspiring and guiding them towards health-related professions, particularly in medicine. Their experiential learning opportunities foster a sense of curiosity, deepen their knowledge of life sciences, and improve college readiness.

The Dime Bank Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Roche stated, “At The Dime Bank, we are committed to supporting education in our region. We were very impressed during our visit to GCMC to tour the REACH-HEI program. The students were engaged, and the hands-on experience was fascinating. Supporting this curriculum helps develop the medical innovators of tomorrow, who will create a healthier future for our communities.”