Reliance Bank Donates $5,000 to Blair Emergency Services Chaplain Platoon for Development of a Wellness App

[Altoona, PA – November 28, 2023] – Reliance Bank today announced a $5,000 donation to the Blair Emergency Services Chaplain Platoon (B.E.S.C.P.) to support the development of a new wellness app for first responders, emergency service professionals, and their families.

B.E.S.C.P. is a non-profit organization that provides peer support services to emergency responders in Blair County. The organization is made up of retired police officers, corrections officers, emergency medical service workers, and firefighters who have a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by emergency responders.

“We are incredibly grateful for Reliance Bank’s generous donation,” said Chaplain Mike Blackie, a retired officer of the Altoona Police Department and member of B.E.S.C.P. “This funding will allow us to develop a much-needed resource for those working in emergency services.”

The new wellness app will provide emergency responders with a variety of tools and resources to help them manage stress, prevent burnout, and address mental health issues. The app will also connect emergency responders with local support groups and services.

“Our goal is to create a one-stop shop where people can find the support they need to maintain their mental and emotional well-being,” said Chaplain Blackie. “This app will be an invaluable resource for our community.”

Reliance Bank is committed to supporting the communities it serves. “We are proud to partner with B.E.S.C.P. on this important initiative,” said Phil Freeman, President and CEO of Reliance Bank. “We believe that this app has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of our first responders.”

B.E.S.C.P. plans to raise awareness of the app through a variety of outreach efforts. The app is expected to be available for download before the end of 2023.

About Reliance Bank

Reliance Bank is a community bank serving Blair and Centre counties. Products and services include checking and savings accounts, personal loans, mortgages, lines of credit, commercial loans, digital banking, and more. Reliance Bank prides itself on providing exceptional personal and business banking services since 1940. “Together, we’ll find a way” is the promise we make to all we serve. For more information, visit

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