The Story Behind the Billboard – Sarah Mitchell (and Jack)

Meet Sarah Mitchell and her little buddy, Jack.

I recently had a conversation with Sarah to find out more about the subjects of our recent billboards.

Are you originally from Richmond?  Yes

Profession/Job: 10 years working for local government. I love serving the community I grew up in to make it a better place.

What is something that you think makes you interesting?  Every school I attended, as well as the sorority I pledged, has Red and White as the school spirit colors. RHS, Ball State and Indiana University.

Do you have any hobbies or passions?  I enjoy walking, gardening and spending time with family attending activities and sports (especially basketball games!!!). I also love spending as much time as I can with my beautiful nieces. I also have passions are for traveling, art and design.

I know you’re actively involved in the local community. Can you tell me a little about where you invest your time?

I currently serve as a Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County, Richmond Area Career Center, Main Street Facade Renovation and Urban Enterprise Association. I served this past year as the Wayne County Bicentennial Coordinator. I am also the Planning Coordinator for the Richmond Celebrates Kids Moonlight Parade in September and President of Longtown, Ohio Bass Burden Reunion.

I enjoy working with the community, because I think it’s important to focus on making immediate impact and change at a local level. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of organizations that places such a high priority on people, especially the youth in our community.

What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?  Becoming a member of the greatest sisterhood on the planet, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Delta Sigma Theta has provided assistance to address the challenges faced by people in the United States, and internationally as well. Over the years, the sorority has established programs to provide and improve education, health care, and international development and uses the Five-Point Thrust as an organizing structure: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health; and Political Awareness and Involvement.

What is your most memorable event?  In 2008, I assisted in organizing the Richmond Celebrates Kidsfest Moonlight Parade. The mission of the parade was to celebrate the youth in the community. The focus of the Parade would be kids and the activities they were involved in and what they cared about in our community. At that time there was also a local teacher who was beginning an organization call KIDSFEST. Her organizations mission was to create a place where all kids’ dreams do come true.

We worked together with past parade and event coordinators and many organizations in the area to gain ideas, insight and support for the parade. We wanted to create a spirit of hope for the community and hope for our youth. We shared a common vision to include as many kids in our community as possible. This parade wasn’t for glitz or glamour, it was a show case of our youth, their involvement and their hope for our community. I believed what we were doing was so meaningful for our community.

We had a tough time deciding who would be a grand marshal for the parade. We decided to do something special, and we made contact with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They contributed seven units ranging from floats, to show cars, to a horse drawn carriage. We also met a young girl whose wish was the meet Cinderella. Unfortunately, while at Disney World with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she became too ill, and was unable to fulfill her dream. So we had a volunteer dress up as Cinderella, and she and the young girl rode in the horse-drawn carriage as the Grand Marshals of our first kids parade.

Each year following the first, we have further developed the parade and collaborated with other groups for the day. This parade has also featured over 90 youth-serving organizations and 2000 participants.

Why do you bank with First Bank?  Excellent customer service!

The staff at First Bank goes above and beyond, which is why I keep coming back. The level of service you have provided me is as close to like family as it gets. It is a pleasure to deal with a bank that is so customer service-oriented in this day and age when there is so little customer service being offered. While traveling abroad, First Bank Richmond was able to assist me immediately over the phone.

I want to personally thank you for your excellent customer service and being exceptionally helpful in working out the small details to make my banking experience pleasurable. I loved the products and the My Pocket Bank App. I am so happy to find the features, quality and convenience of your products. I am always impressed with how First bank diligently works to improve the communities that it serves. Thanks again for the excellent service. I look forward once again to continued business.

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