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Community Members, Employees, And Univest Teamed Up For Hurricane Relief


Left to right: Jeff Schweitzer,  JulieAnn Ody, and Annette Szygiel

Pictured from left to right: Jeff Schweitzer, president and CEO, Univest Corporation; JulieAnn Ody, donor development officer, American Red Cross; and Annette Szygiel, executive vice president and chief experience officer, Univest Corporation.

SOUDERTON, Pa., January 24, 2018 –Univest Corporation, parent company of Univest Bank and Trust Co. and its insurance, investment and equipment finance subsidiaries, recently donated $12,000 to the American Red Cross through the Univest Disaster Relief Fund with the help of its employees and the community. The Fund, set-up through Univest Foundation, received donations from Univest employees, customers and members of the community from mid-October through November 30, 2017 to provide monetary support to the areas devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Contributions received from the community and employees totaled $5,500. Univest matched the donations dollar-for-dollar along with providing an additional $500 to bring the total gift amount to $12,000. The American Red Cross plans to use the funds to replenish the disaster relief supplies that were depleted in the wake of these storms.

“The Fall 2017 Hurricane season was unprecedented, the Red Cross delivered more food, relief items and shelter stays than the last four years combined,” stated JulieAnn Ody, donor development officer for the Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania. “With the generous support of donors, like Univest, the Red Cross mobilized more than 56,000 disaster workers, 92 percent volunteers, to provide vital aid to people in need. Even though the news and media have left the ground, the Red Cross is still providing long-term recovery support services for both individuals and communities in the impacted areas. We thank Univest for their generous support of the Red Cross disaster relief efforts.”

The American Red Cross hurricane relief aid included:

  • Opening 1,100 emergency shelters to provide 658,000 overnight stays
  • Serving 13.6 million meals and snacks
  • Distributing 7 million relief items
  • Providing 267,000 health and mental health consultations
  • Supporting 624,000 households with recovery assistance

About Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., Member FDIC, has approximately $4.4 billion in assets and $3.5 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business as of September 30, 2017. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley and Lancaster, as well as in New Jersey and Maryland and online at

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