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Community

We aren't the biggest bank on the block, and you won't find one of our branches in Tokyo... or even Charlotte. But there's a lot to be said for choosing a bank that's locally owned and managed. Because we are your neighbor and your friend, we're able to respond to community needs every day, year in and year out. Sometimes it means assisting a struggling family during the holidays. Sometimes it involves a cherished tradition like the Lawrence Harris Scholarship. It's no surprise to find your Friend banker volunteering beside you for a local charity. And when you bank at Friend, you know your bank is a place where you can always find a sympathetic ear or helping hand.

CDFI

As a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution), we are hyper-focused on local; local challenges and local solutions. Not only are we hyper-focused on local, we are focused on building strong communities and broad prosperity. CDFIs provide a unique and wide range of financial services that create opportunity and build wealth. There are only 11 CDFIs in the state of Alabama, and only 141 in the US.

CDFI Certified

Friend Helping Friends

Our Friend Helping Friends Program is our long-term commitment to local giving, scholarship, and volunteerism.

Team Friend

Every Friend full time employee receives 40 hours of paid time to volunteer in our community. When friends help friends, everyone benefits.

Giving

Friend invests in our community in many ways, including our annual Friend Giving Trees, Community Shred Days, and annual participation in United Way. In addition, Friend helps to fund organizations in the following areas: youth, the elderly, education, the arts, and community development.

Marjorie Harris Endowment

In 2019, Friend Bank announced a $50,000 gift to the Slocomb Alumni Association in memory of Marjorie Hughes Harris. The Endowment is used exclusively to support ongoing projects that benefit teachers and students.

Paul Kennedy Farm Family Award

The Geneva County Outstanding Farm Family award is presented annually in memory of Mr. Paul Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy spent his entire career in farming and agricultural businesses. He was a passionate advocate for the farming community which was the driving reason he helped establish City Bank of Hartford.

  • 2019 Watkins Family Farms
  • 2018 Scott Farms
  • 2017 Crutchfield Farms

Lawrence Harris Endowed Scholarship

The Lawrence Harris Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in December, 1992, to promote the education of deserving undergraduate students who enroll full-time at the University of Alabama. The scholarship is awarded only to graduates of Slocomb High School and is open to entering freshmen, transfer students, and continuing full-time undergraduates at the University of Alabama. A total of more than $148,000 has been awarded since the Fund was established.

YEARRECIPIENTS

2021

Emma Martin
Nicholas Goulet
Macy Birge
Edwin Olea

2020

John Williams
Chase Reeder
Macy Birge
Isaiah Newell
Edwin Olea
Jackson Helms

2019

Emma Flournoy
Mackenzie Hurst
Macy Birge
Carrie Tew
James Tew

2018

Adam Newton
Carrie Tew
Gabrielle Santora
James Tew
John Williams

2017

John Williams
Coleman Baxley

2016

Collin Craig
James Tew
Cameron Gray

2015

Shelby Carroll
Noah Justice
Kayley Woodham
Madison Quattlebaum

2014

Anna Newton
Zach Justice
Shelby Carroll
Wesley Bass
Noah Justice
Ryan Williams

2013

Anna Waters
Anna Newton
Zach Justice

2012

Anna Waters
Anna Newton
Devan Brannon
Chase Boyett

2011

Anna Newton
Anna Waters
Hillary Watson

2010

Anna Waters
Hillary Watson

2009  Hillary Watson
2008

Jenna Register
Hillary Watson
Trey Harris

2007

Ashlee Spivey
Jenna Register
Trey Harris 

2006

Ashlee Spivey
Jenna Register
Trey Harris

2005  Ashlee Spivey

Jenna Register
Trey Harris

2004

Ashlee Spivey
Alycia Austin
Wendy Williford
Trey Harris
Jenna Register

2003

Johna Kay Register
Lee Andrew Jones
Charles E. Gardner
Lindsey B. Andrews
Randall Marc Price

2002

Johna Kay Register
Lee Andrew Jones
Charles Edward Gardner
Lindsey Blair Andrews
Randall Marc Price

2001

Justin Hovey
Johna Kay Register 

2000  Justin Hovey

Johna Kay Register

1999

Jennifer Snell
Justin Hovey

1998

Jennifer Snell
Justin Hovey

1997  Jennifer Snell
1996  Jennifer Snell
1995  Julia Leach
1994 Mike Bailey 
1993

Ashley Avery
Mike Bailey 

Friend Family Scholarship

Awarded annually, this scholarship recognizes the scholastic achievement of our employee’s college age children.

YEARRECIPIENTS

2021

Shelby Hargrave
Molly Vann
Aubrey Bond

2020

Kendall Grimes
Shelby Hargrave
Blaise VanHoose
Mallory Vann

2019

Kendall Grimes
Shelby Hargrave
Jamesen Pylant
Blaise VanHoose

2018

Kendall Grimes
Blaise VanHoose
Jamesen Pylant

2017

Kendall Grimes
Shelby Hargrave
Blaise VanHoose
Mallory Vann

2016

James Johnson

2015

Reid Brooks
Lawrence Johnson

2014

Reid Brooks
Carolyn Grimes
James Johnson
Lawrence Johnson

2013

Reid Brooks
Carolyn Grimes
J.H. Johnson
Lawrence Johnson

2012

Reid Brooks
Lawrence Johnson

2011

Rachel Brooks

2010

Rachel Brooks and J.H. Johnson

2009

Ryan Brooks

2008

Ryan Brooks, Gabe Mitchell, and Rachel Brooks
2007 Brett Singletary

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