First Internet Bank is a valued US2020 founding partner and their employees are nothing short of stellar volunteers. One mentor in particular, Paula Deemer, has shined brightly as an active volunteer with the Math Pentathlon program at Thomas D. Gregg IPS School 15.
Through the efforts of Paula and her fellow First Internet Bank volunteers, a popular after-school program has emerged. Math Pentathlon is a K-7th grade program of engaging and interactive problem-solving games that teach students how to learn, live and love math. This program strengthens basic math concepts and skills, and stimulates creative thinking while developing problem-solving skills.
When asked about why she volunteers, Paula answered, “I choose to volunteer because it’s a win-win-win experience (notice the extra “win”). It provides the opportunity for a unique interaction with another that is not linear, but circular. I have found the person volunteering in the role as a mentor often ends up being enriched as much or more from the experience and learning as many things as they are teaching. It’s very rewarding to see my efforts impact the lives of others.”
Paula’s passion for giving back is evident to her coworkers as well. Kim Smith, Chief Compliance Officer at First Internet Bank, said, “Paula is always the first one to volunteer and offer her time in the service of our community. She is enthusiastic and passionate. As a member of FirstIB’s philanthropy committee she is always looking for new ways the Bank can reach underserved communities.”
Enthusiastic volunteers like Paula are the backbone of US2020. Thank you Paula, for your service!