We do well when our community does well; it’s in our DNA,” explained Rammie Nesheiwat, Regional Retail Manager at M&T Bank, after leading his team on a ‘Make a Difference Day’ project. Rammie and his team of M&T employees cleaned up the City of Poughkeepsie in partnership with Hudson River Housing’s ‘Middle Main Initiative.’
Community service is extremely important to M&T – it’s integral to their culture. Branch managers and other members of the local management team came from several districts to help out, including Albany, Fishkill, Pawling, Brewster and, of course, Poughkeepsie.
“A project like Make a Difference Day helps bring our team together, both with one another and with the community, and in doing so helps us grow,” explained Rammie.
Rammie has been with M&T Bank for more than 13 years. In this time, he has participated in several volunteer initiatives that reflect his many interests, including: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, Anderson Center for Autism, the Dover Lions, the Lagrange Rotary, the Newburgh Rotary, Walkway over the Hudson, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh. Rammie also recently completed the Hudson Valley Patterns for Progress fellowship program, and is a steadfast supporter of UWDOR, having been previously involved in the campaign and currently serving as the ‘M&T Make a Difference Day’ project leader.
Being a community advocate is part of who Rammie is. He explained to us that he wouldn’t have it any other way because he wants Dutchess County to be a stronger place for his children to grow up. He also would like to see a more vibrant community for his customers. As he puts it, “M&T is a community-focused bank. When we thrive as a community, so do our customers.”
Rammie is grateful to be an employee of an organization that believes in making an impact. “All of my colleagues serve on boards and are happy to roll up their sleeves for their neighbors. For instance, when I sent an email to recruit volunteers for the Middle Main project, I immediately had over 20 takers!”
Rammie is proud of what his team accomplished during a ‘Make a Difference Day,’ having picked up dozens of bags of garbage in the City of Poughkeepsie. And he wasn’t alone! As he describes, “community members and residents kept stopping to thank us for cleaning our city. We really are in this together.”
To learn about volunteer opportunities in the community, visit volunteer.uwdor.org.
-Melissa Clark, Manager of Community Mobilization