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City National Bank Awards Grant to Camillus House to Further Protect Homeless Clients and Staff from the Coronavirus

Funds help support the shelter’s elevated, comprehensive efforts to protect homeless clients, front-line workers, and community-at-large served throughout the pandemic

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 by Shari Gantman

City National Bank (CNB) awarded a grant to Camillus House as part of the bank’s $1 million COVID Relief Fund aimed at supporting nonprofit organizations that are confronting the Coronavirus pandemic and its resulting economic impacts. Camillus House will use funds to install a UVC Germicidal Air Handler Treatment System at their main Norwegian Cruise Line campus to kill germs, viruses and more importantly, keep clients served and team members safe. The remaining funds help support increased staffing expenses.

“Through the main campus, Camillus provides housing and services to more than 400 vulnerable and immunocompromised persons at any given time. City National Bank’s generous support enables us to continue to maintain a clean and safe environment, and the means to reduce the spread of infection---while providing for the needs of homeless individuals,” Camillus House CEO Hilda M. Fernandez said. “Our amazing staff works diligently each day to keep those we serve healthy, and thanks to the support from community partners like City National Bank, our efforts are working,” she added.

According to City National Bank Vice Chairman & CEO Jorge Gonzalez “CNB supports more than 300 nonprofits annually, but we’re stepped up with additional funding for organizations that are making a direct, measurable impact in areas of great need related to the pandemic.”  He added, “Vulnerable segments of the population, including the homeless, have been some of the most impacted during the pandemic. CNBFL's COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide much-needed assistance to Camillus House, which has provided social and health services to more than 17,000 people annually, with a focus on the homeless and impoverished.”

For more information on the City National Bank donation or other donations to Camillus House, please contact Vice President of Development Christine Perez at [email protected], 305-533-0192 or support our efforts at

Founded in Florida almost 75 years ago, CNB is deeply rooted in the community, and committed to helping Floridians get through the pandemic. In addition to creating the relief fund to support the heroic efforts of medical and community organizations across the state, CNB is also helping sustain the state’s economic health. During the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program launch, the bank’s team worked tirelessly around the clock to fund about 9,500 loans totaling almost $2 billion in a two-week span, helping preserve as many as 250,000 jobs.

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