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When you live and work in the community, you understand the challenges people and the organizations that help them face every day. The connection is personal, and what you do makes a difference.  Marquette supports the grassroots efforts that offer a hand up to change the lives of families and people in neighborhoods across our region.

Marquette has donated nearly $500,000 over the previous five years to issues of poverty with $76,000 donated in 2019 alone.

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We invite non-profit/501(C)(3) organizations to submit for Marquette philanthropic giving by downloading the Marquette Savings Bank Community Giving Request form.

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Organizations Like Yours

Our efforts to improve issues related to Poverty in our area include gifts to the following organizations among others:

  • Bayfront NATO
  • BEST (Bayfront East Side Taskforce)
  • Community Shelter Services
  • Edinboro Food Bank
  • Emmaus Ministries Soup Kitchen 
  • Erie City Mission
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Inner City Art Neighborhood House
  • Northwestern Food Bank
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network
  • Veterans Miracle Center
  • Meadville Community Soup Kitchen
  • Eagles Nest
  • Saint Martin Center

Local Stories

The stories of organizations like these demonstrate that our focus on poverty is making a difference:

"No one wanted to travel through the streets within the Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network" said former executive director Rosmari Graham, Former Director. Today crime is down, streets are cleaned up and families are more self-sufficient. "Marquette has been a supporter of our Neighborhood Centers for many years. Their funding helped make the Soup Kitchen and neighborhood gardens possible. It helped us develop educational programs for children and public art projects, including 13 building murals–all positive change for families living here." - Rosmari Graham | Former Executive Director


"Our veterans stepped up and put their lives on hold to serve our country. It is our responsibility to help get their lives back on track with services that make a difference. "At my first meeting with Marquette, they said 'We're hometown and we need to support our veterans.' They were one of the first to step up with a donation in the startup stage of our center. We now help local veterans with everything from new clothing and personal hygiene products to housewares and furniture, and we refer veterans to local organizations for other services they may need," said John Kowalczyk, director of the Veterans Miracle Center." - John Kowalczyk | Director

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