Origin Bank is now the proud sponsor of the Origin Bank Family Garden at the Children’s Coalition. The garden, opened in 2018, is located in Downtown Monroe at the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana headquarters at 117 Hall Street. This space is a 32 raised-bed family garden and outdoor learning center to promote healthy eating, positive family interactions and garden-based learning and play. The garden and outdoor learning center support Children’s Coalition programs and the community by growing fresh food for Early Head Start centers, training early childhood educators in garden-based learning and providing a space for families to grow, play and learn together.
Traditionally the gates to the garden would open to the public and volunteers every third Saturday of the month for Super Saturday. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the staff of the Children’s Coalition have decided to proceed with a drive-through version on Saturday, May 16th. Beginning at 9:30am, parents and families can drive up to receive a gardening pack which includes everything needed to begin an at-home garden with their children as well as tips and resources for adults. Plans for future Super Saturday events will continue as public health guidelines are issued.
Leann Bond, Executive Director of the Children’s Coalition says, “We are excited to have Origin Bank join us as a title sponsor of our family garden! With their support along with support from others in our community, we are able to continue providing this fun hands-on program promoting healthy activities and nutritious eating habits for families.”
Origin Bank is proud to support the Children’s Coalition and the community as a whole. They allow employees to contribute to causes they’re passionate about. Each year, they grant every Origin Bank team member “Project Enrich” hours that they can spend volunteering with an organization of their choice. Project Enrich is just one way that Origin Bank gives back to its employees and its communities. Since the program launched in 2013, Origin Bank employees have logged more than 10,000 Project Enrich hours volunteering in our communities.
“One of Origin Bank’s core values is corporate and individual commitment to our communities,” said Billy Haddad, Ouachita Parish Market Leader of Origin Bank. “The Children’s Coalition is an organization that is doing so much for so many within our community and we are proud to partner with them to continue to make an impact in the lives of the people of Ouachita Parish.”
This partnership will allow the Origin Bank Family Garden at the Children’s Coalition to grow and meet the needs of children and families. Additional garden beds have been built at key locations such as the Salvation Army as well as 22 child care centers to expand the principles of healthy living in Northeast Louisiana.
To learn more about the garden or about Super Saturday, visit www.childrenscoalition.org
To learn more about Origin Bank, visit www.origin.bank
About the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana
The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1998 with the mission to create “communities where children and families thrive." The Coalition currently serves children and families in 14 parishes with services addressing the developmental, social, and emotional needs of children ages 0-18 through early care and education, health care, parenting education, and youth development.
About Origin Bank
Origin Bank, formerly Community Trust Bank, is a Louisiana-chartered bank serving Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. For over 100 years, we have provided a wide range of traditional banking services and are combining our industry expertise with modern applications to make banking easy both online and off. Member FDIC.