CommuniTee Giveback Program and Matching Grant to Benefit Eleven Local Nonprofits in 2021

January 27, 2021 –The Kokomo Post, a local digital entertainment platform in Kokomo, and Community First Bank of Indiana are partnering to make positivity louder in the nonprofit community this year through an innovative partnership to amplify the work of local charities. 

The CommuniTee Giveback Program will see the Kokomo Post and Expressions Design Co. creating fresh and modern apparel and merchandise for local nonprofits every remaining month in 2021. Each month will feature a specific nonprofit and a design that ties to that organization. The locally-created, hand-crafted merch will be available for purchase through the Kokomo Post website, and each month, 100% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the featured nonprofit. 

Drew Larison, founder of The Kokomo Post, said the driving force behind this project is simply to create incredible apparel and make positivity louder at a time when we all truly need it.

“Our local nonprofits are doing incredible work in Kokomo — even more because of what 2020 brought us,” said Larison. “We wanted to find a way to give back to the organizations that have taken such good care of our community all these years. They have always made positivity louder, and we want to return the favor.”

Community First Bank of Indiana will partner with the program through a fund in which the bank will match every dollar raised through the sale of merchandise or direct donations, up to $5,500 for the 2021 year. Each of the 11 nonprofits will be eligible for up to a $500 match in funds.

Community First Bank of Indiana President and CEO Robb Blume said the opportunity to amplify Kokomo’s generosity was the perfect complement to Community First’s desire to see our community thrive.

The program will partner with Expressions Design Co. in Kokomo, meaning each piece of the CommuniTee Giveback Program will be locally sourced, hand-screened and 100% unique. 

“Expressions was a natural partner for us,” said Larison. “They are as passionate about the Kokomo community as we are, and their work is exceptional.”

Merchandise can be purchased each month at The nonprofit of the month will be unveiled on the first day of each month, starting on Feb. 1.


The Kokomo Post’s mission is to make positivity louder by informing, educating, and entertaining people in Kokomo through the creation of high-quality content, distributed on the most relevant platforms.

Community First Bank was chartered in 2003 in Kokomo, Indiana, where they currently have three branches in Kokomo, two branches in Westfield, and a branch and loan production office in Noblesville.  Additional information can be found at  MEMBER FDIC, Equal Housing Lender