ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation

ESSA Bank & Trust has a long history of charitable giving. In 1998, W. “Jack” Wallie, John E. Burrus, and Richard E. Talbot worked together to create the East Stroudsburg Savings Association Foundation. The Foundation was formed to solidify our belief “in returning to the community a portion of the profits to improve the quality of life.” This philanthropic initiative provided nearly $2 million to the Pocono region for the benefit of health-related programs, arts, education, parks and recreation, and housing.

Today, the ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation, established in 2007, continues the bank’s support of 501(c)3 organizations in our area and has awarded grants totaling more than $10 million to regional entities. Our primary areas of interest remain community health, housing-related programs, education, arts, and parks and recreation. The Foundation Board of Directors meets and reviews requests quarterly. Beginning in June 2014, the Foundation began accepting requests from eligible agencies and organizations headquartered outside of Monroe County on an annual basis only.

If you are interested in obtaining information regarding our Foundation’s gifting guidelines and application process, please write to ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation, 200 Palmer Street, PO Box L, Stroudsburg, PA, 18360, to the attention of Stephanie Lefferson. You may also choose to send an email to or call 570-421-0531.

Caring for the Community

Through volunteerism, ESSA employees play a large part in improving the communities in which they work and live. From senior management to entry-level staff, ESSA employees dedicate their time and talents to local charities through board service, leadership roles, committee memberships, team participation, and fundraising efforts. Each year 25 to 35 percent of our employees volunteer for more than 100 local organizations. In total, we’ve accounted for more than 8,500 hours in yearly volunteer efforts. It is through dedicated service that our employees demonstrate their value to the bank, its customers, and the community at large.