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!

Expect. Employ. Empower.

by Lauren Banner-Russo 1. October 2014

October is a time for pumpkin spiced lattes, crisp fall weather, and colorful leaves on trees. Not only is it a time to recognize the changing of the seasons, it is also a time to recognize those with disabilities. October is designated by the U.S. Department of Labor as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The focus of this campaign is to increase awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate accomplishments made by individuals with disabilities. The theme surrounding this years’ campaign is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment division is really putting a focus on ensuring our job opportunities reach individuals with disabilities. The Recruitment team makes a continuous effort to build relationships with schools and organizations that work with individuals with disabilities. Our hope is that these efforts translate into more individuals with disabilities gaining employment.

Through outreach efforts, giving resume and interview tips to consumers of the Maryland Department of Rehabilitation, and participating in discussions throughout the community regarding hiring individuals with disabilities, 1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment Team’s goal is to increase disability awareness and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.

The Recruitment team will continue to work on this initiative and 1st Mariner Bank will continue to be a disability friendly employer. We encourage other companies and organizations to embrace National Disability Employment Awareness Month and make it a focus in the upcoming year!

Proud Participants in Operation Hire: Maryland's 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challange

by Lauren Banner-Russo 2. July 2014

Department of Veterans Affairs Seal

July 4th is an exciting time of the year; it's a time for cookouts with friends and family. Many people dress up in patriotic colors and honor our freedom with parades and fireworks. While these are fun ways to celebrate, it is important to remember the veterans and active duty military that fight to keep our freedom every day!

1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment Division has put a large focus on hiring more veterans in 2014 and are making great strides to meet these goals. The Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs has put out a challenge to employers in the State of Maryland called Operation Hire: Maryland’s 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge.

The focus of Operation Hire is to increase veteran hiring in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is challenging employers to either expand or create veteran hiring initiates within their companies. 1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment Division is proud to participate in this challenge and will continue to make great strides toward hiring more veterans.

This challenge is a great way to get more employers passionate about hiring veterans! If you are interested in reading more about the Challenge, visit:

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