May 16th is Armed Forces Day

by Lauren Banner-Russo 15. May 2015

American Flags

Armed Forces Day is celebrated every year on the 3rd Saturday of May. In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day. This day was to replace all the separate holidays the different branches of the U.S. Military celebrated. It was created to symbolize the union of all military branches under one department, the Department of Defense.

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to increase civilian awareness of the great responsibility the Armed Forces take on in protecting our country, and also to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a member of one of our military branches. Many military bases hold open houses on this day to help educate the public about what the Armed Forces do as well as provide demonstrations wearing their state-of-the-art equipment.

At 1st Mariner Bank we have several employees that have served in the military, as well as many family members and friends. 1st Mariner Bank’s Human Resources team continues to support military personnel and veterans alike by partnering with the Army PaYS program and working with different veteran organizations within the community. Partnering with these organizations provides a great way for us to give back to the men and women who have served our country.

There are many fun and exciting events going on this weekend to celebrate Armed Forces Day - be sure to check out what’s going on in your community!

Mother's Day Ideas That Are (Nearly) Free

by Stacy Tharp 6. May 2015

Mom Blocks

Don't know what to get mom for Mother’s Day? The most valuable gifts are the ones that are given the most thought and effort. It’s easy to throw some money down and purchase some material goods, but chances are your mother would much rather have something from the heart, and something that won’t break your bank.

Cook for Her

Everyone enjoys going out for a Mother’s Day brunch, at least in theory. In practice, you will likely be crammed in a busy restaurant to eat overpriced eggs. Staying home and cooking your mom food is not only thoughtful, it’s cheaper and more comfortable and relaxed (you won’t be rushed out of your own home for the next reservation). You can even wake up early and bring her breakfast in bed. And everyone knows you can’t beat breakfast in bed.

Make Her Something

Do you like to draw? Paint? Make jewelry? If you have a crafty hobby, make your mom something beautiful. If you don’t feel you are particularly “gifted” when it comes to arts and crafts, that’s when Pinterest becomes your best friend. Check out our Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest to get you started with some ideas.

Spend the Day with Her

It doesn’t matter what you do, just make the day about her. In fact, the more low-key, the better. Today, your mom should forget about the everyday hustle and bustle of keeping your lives in order. Take a walk in the park, venture over to a part of town you don’t normally go, even take a day trip to the beach. Wherever you go, your mom will just be happy to spend some quality time with you (keep the cell phone at home!).

Role Reversal

Do all the things she normally does for you. Clean the house, go grocery shopping, water the plants, etc. Most importantly, at the end of the day don’t forget to tell your mom that you have a new appreciation of how much effort she puts forth to make your life easier!

Financial Literacy Month Recap

by Stacy Tharp 5. May 2015

Financial Literacy - 1st Mariner Bank

As Baltimore's community bank, we feel it's essential that we do our part to support financial literacy in our community. During the month of April, we partnered with Operation HOPE: Banking on our Future, and Junior Achievement of Central Maryland to help educate students in the Baltimore community about financial literacy.

Through Operation HOPE: Banking on Our Future, volunteers visited Medfield Heights Elementary School and Old Court Middle School. We educated a total of 176 students about budgeting, banking and credit, and how dignity can play a role in managing your money.

Through Junior Achievement we participated in their BizTown program which is held at their location in Owings Mills. This event allows students to experience the energy of a real economy by being given a "job" and experiencing a simulated typical day in the life of an adult. The event inspires critical thinking, teamwork and decision-making skills.

We also participated in Junior Achievement's JA in a Day program, located at several Baltimore-area schools to help teach their interactive curriculum of financial education, college preparation and work-readiness skills.

During the month of April, 1st Mariner had over 30 volunteers participate in these events. The events were organized by 1st Mariner's Community Lending Officer, Charles Maykrantz, and Associate Corporate Counsel and CRA Officer, Autumn Wallace.

About the events, Maykrantz stated, "The importance of, and our involvement in Financial Literacy is one which shows our effort to help improve the community knowledge through education. It is one which helps to shape the future of our young people and give them a sense of pride in knowing what the future may hold for them and how best to handle whatever life may present. Education sets the tone for their future years. We at 1st Mariner take pride in knowing we do our part to make those years a success."

While April is specifically devoted to financial literacy, the subject is important year-round, which is why we are continuing our volunteer efforts in the coming months.

Visit our Facebook page to view our full album of Financial Literacy Month photos.

Photos courtesy of Operation HOPE: Banking on Our Future, Inc.

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