Five Erie Nonprofits Receive Generous Donations from Northwest Bank


ERIE Northwest Bank, a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking products, recently announced a series of charitable contributions totaling $125,000 to five local community-based organizations throughout the City of Erie. Individual grants were provided to Mercy Center for Women, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, St. Martin Center and the YMCA of Greater Erie.

Northwest Bank’s latest round of financial donations is provided through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). NAP is a tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects that strengthen communities such as affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training or neighborhood assistance initiatives.

“Supporting our communities serves as the cornerstone of our mission as a financial institution,” said Ronald Seiffert, president and chief executive officer, Northwest Bank. “We are proud to assist these organizations that are truly making a difference in the Greater Erie region.”

Northwest Bank is providing a total of $125,000 in funding for community reinvestment initiatives within the following organizations in Erie:

  • Mercy Center for Women to support their permanent and affordable housing project for Erie residents
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania 
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania to address both the social and community needs of neighborhoods within the City of Erie
  • St. Martin Center, Inc. for its emergency housing, utility, food and workforce development assistance programs
  • YMCA of Greater Erie to launch a new chronic disease prevention program

Throughout its 126-year history, Northwest Bank has focused on strengthening the communities it serves through volunteerism and philanthropy. Northwest Bank also supports communities through financial literacy services for individuals and nonprofit organizations. 

“At Northwest Bank, we are dedicated to making a difference in the places where we live, work and play,” said Anita Kuchcinski, senior vice president, Erie commercial market executive, Northwest Bank. “Especially at a time of unprecedented challenges, we are honored to provide resources to these five organizations that are playing a crucial role in advancing neighborhoods and communities in the Erie region.” 

Founded in 1896 and headquartered in Warren, Pennsylvania, Northwest Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking products, employee benefits and wealth management services. For more information, visit