Community Action Corporation of South Texas (CACOST) received a $1,000 check on behalf of First Community Bank (FCB) on Thursday, Jan. 31 as part of the bank’s Others 1st Project.

According to Ann E. Awalt, CACOST executive director, the much needed money will go towards elderly programs such as Meals on Wheels.

Now entering its fifth year, the Others 1st Project has recognized and rewarded dozens of organizations and charities helping Coastal Bend communities.

CACOST is a non-profit organization successfully working to improve the lives of residents in the 16 South Texas counties it serves. Established in Alice in 1967, the organization strives to continually provide high quality health care, education, housing and economic opportunities to reduce poverty through services and partnerships.

“First Community Bank has been part of the Coastal Bend for more than 35 years and we are proud to recognize organizations like Community Action Corporation of South Texas that are committed to making a difference,” said Jamie Phillips, vice president of marketing for First Community Bank. “We have acknowledged dozens of groups through Others 1st over the years and continue to encourage them — and our employees — to serve our communities any way they can. Last year alone, 50 First Community Bank employees from our 10 locations put in 151 volunteer hours through 13 FCB community events.”

Each year, FCB asks employees from their locations in Alice, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Portland, Padre Island, Rockport and Victoria to nominate local organizations for Others 1st consideration. Each month, FCB chooses three from the list with bank employees and local residents using social media channels to share, like, comment and retweet their support with the group receiving the highest number of social engagements receiving a $1,000 check from FCB in a monthly presentation.