WILLSBORO Employees at the Champlain National Bank (CNB) have invested in the future of their community. The United Way of Clinton & Essex Counties, Inc. fund-drive at the bank was a smashing success, with the bank increasing its campaign by 53 percent. The bank collected $4,650 in donations from 46 employees at its nine locations. Bank employee Cindy Monty said that choosing to have a payroll deduction enabled her to make a bigger donation. The bank also has a matching program, which means her contribution goes farther. I personally like it because there were a couple groups I had a personal interest in, said Monty. CNB CEO Jon Cooper coordinated the drive at the bank. Its the one agency that touches so many other agencies, and people in the community the most, said Cooper. This is something I personally believe in. The drive added incentives to reward employees who donated to the campaign. Departments that had 100 percent participation were treated to free lunch, and everyone who donated was eligible for a drawing for a paid day off. Cooper added he hoped to continue to increase the banks United Way drive in the future. Bank employee Gayle Bridge explained the campaign also served to educate people about the efforts of the United Way. She was one of six employees of the bank that went to the kick-off celebration. The results of the banks drive drew praise from United Way officials. They're a great group of people with a strong commitment to giving back to the community and it was tremendous surprise for us to find out that their campaign had increased from last year so significantly, said John Bernardi, executive director of the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties. This particular group has demonstrated how a small group of people can make a huge impact within the community. The United Way of Clinton & Essex Counties, Inc., is a voluntary fund-raising and human service organization. The 2008 campaign seeks to raise $700,000 for 34 local non-profit agencies. For more information on the organization, go online to www.unitedwayce.org.