AN ESTIMATED 7.1 MILLION U.S. households were “unbanked” in 2019, meaning that no one in the household had a checking or savings account at a bank or credit union. This statistic launched a partnership between Catholic Charities and PNC Bank – and the debut of its mobile bank branch outside Catholic Charities’ Our Daily Bread Employment Center. “PNC is a national Main Street Bank, which means we understand and work to address the needs of our communities, because we are part of them,” said Laura Gamble, PNC regional president for Greater Maryland. “The Mobile Branch reflects this mindset and helps us meet customers where they are. We want to provide easily accessible, secure access to banking solutions
for our local community, especially for those who may not have easy access to a traditional branch. We’re proud to work with local organizations such as Catholic Charities because their strong community connections help us understand where the community needs us most.” “This partnership with PNC Bank is critical for the clients we serve — the impact of the mobile branch could be really huge, said Lee Martin, program director for Our Daily Bread Employment Center. “Not only is this great for the convenience but also for clients’ opportunity to learn about fiscal responsibility and helping them move forward in their journeys. Having a bank account opens doors to a lot of economic opportunities.” The 30-foot branch on wheels makes banking easier and more accessible
in areas where traditional brick-and-mortar branches may not be available. The unit allows existing and prospective PNC customers to conduct banking transactions, such as opening and applying for accounts, receiving or replacing a PNC debit card, and a deposit-taking ATM. The Mobile Branch also includes onsite assistance in English and Spanish. The Mobile Branch will rotate throughout the city and other Catholic Charities’ locations including; My Sister’s Place Women’s Center (Downtown), My Brother’s Keeper (Irvington neighborhood of West Baltimore), and Jenkins Senior Living Community (Oaklee neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore).