MB Financial Awards Grant to Train Individuals from low-income areas for Jobs in Banking

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Association House of Chicago’s Financial Careers Training Program gives Chicagoans a chance at achieving lasting careers – and a living wage – in the financial industry.

“We’re very fortunate to have partners like MB Financial so we can offer this program to the community,” said Association House of Chicago President, Harriet Sadauskas.

MB Financial Bank, N.A. is proud to partner with Association House of Chicago (AHC) through a grant award to support its Financial Careers Training Program – a free program that prepares individuals to become bank tellers, customer service representatives, and personal bankers.

“Partnering with AHC to support the Financial Careers Training Program was a natural choice,” said Vicky Arroyo, President Community Development Corporation for MB Financial Bank. “Educational empowerment is a significant focus of our corporate giving and community development efforts. Participants gain skills that lead to living wage employment, and our organization gets to recruit well-trained, qualified candidates. Everybody wins.”

In addition to providing financial support for AHC’s Financial Careers Training Program, MB Financial employees participate in the program as volunteers. Employees lead workshops, perform mock interviews, attend career fairs, organize field trips to corporate workplaces, and provide students with coaching and mentoring.

“We’re very fortunate to have partners like MB Financial so we can offer this program to the community,” said Association House of Chicago President, Harriet Sadauskas. In 2016, Association House of Chicago began the Financial Careers Training Program after being selected from a competitive process as the Chicago licensee of the national BankWork$ Career Training Program, which was founded in Los Angeles, California in 2006. Since BankWork$ Career Training Program’s founding more than 1,500 graduates have been hired by partner banks and financial institutions, and 84 percent of them remained employed six months after their hire date.

About MB Financial Bank

MB Financial Bank’s holding company, MB Financial, Inc., is traded on the NASDAQ as “MBFI.”

MB Financial has approximately $20 billion in assets. MB Financial Bank (http://www.mbfinancial.com) is a locally operated financial institution that has been delivering competitive personalized service for over 100 years to businesses and individuals who live and work in the Chicago metropolitan area.

About Association House of Chicago

For 118 years, Association House of Chicago (AHC) has pursued its mission to serve a multi-cultural community through comprehensive, collaborative and effective programs in English and Spanish. Located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, AHC promotes health and wellness, and creates opportunities for participants’ educational and economic advancement. AHC impacts the lives of nearly 20,000 community members, each year, through direct-services which address participants' immediate needs, and long-term goals. AHC's nearly 30 programs are organized into five broad service areas: 1) Association House High School 2) Community Health and Workforce Development 3) Child Welfare Services and 4) Behavioral Health.

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