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Ampersand Day

September 8th: A day for making connections through acts of kindness

Sharing Acts of Kindness

Taking care of one another is important. A single act of kindness can change someone's day & go a long way in creating a better world. That's the idea behind Ampersand Day: connect with your neighbors the way the ampersand connects ideas. Friends & Family. People & Places. You & Us. That's C&N.

How We Can Celebrate Ampersand Day Together

Sharing is CaringThe ampersand plays an important part in telling the C&N story, which is why we adopted Ampersand Day as our holiday. Every year on September 8th, we celebrate by encouraging everyone to take care of their fellow man by doing acts of kindness for one another. 

Whether you're bringing in groceries for your neighbor or paying for a stranger's coffee, a simple act of kindness can make a positive impact on someone's day. And, while our annual celebration takes place on September 8th, we encourage you to keep it going all year long to spread the kindness far and wide.

If you find yourself doing something nice for your fellow man, or if someone does something nice for you, let us know! Share it on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #CNAmpersandDay, and we'll recognize its contribution to making the world a better place, one good deed at a time.

Give someone a thoughtful gift    (it does not have to be expensive) Take your grocery cart back to the store after you are done Put together a small herb garden for someone
Hold the door open for someone Bake cookies or a cake for someone Drop off cat or dog food at an animal shelter as they are always in need
Write someone a thank you note Tip someone you wouldn’t ordinarily tip Stick a few coins on a gumball machine for a kid to use
Send someone an email just to say hello Tell your parents how much you love and appreciate them Help someone new in your gym
Call a friend or family member for no reason other than to chat Donate items to charity/those in need Place a happy or positive sign in your front yard
Pay the toll for the driver behind you Give away lottery tickets Retrieve your neighbour’s garbage can from the curb after collection
Pay for someone’s groceries at the grocery store Offer to babysit for someone Leave only positive comments and responses on social media
Buy someone a cup of coffee Give someone an inspiring book Share a friend’s blog, business website or art on social media
Let someone cut in in traffic Donate books to the library Leave a box of tennis balls at the park with a sign that explains it is meant for dog owners to use to play with their dogs
Give up a parking space to someone and park further away Pick up trash that you see on the ground Offer your old cell phone, laptop, TV, or computer to someone in need
Give up your place in line at the bank, grocery store, etc. Call your grandparents to chat Place a positive or happy sign or sticker on your car so that is visible to other drivers
Pay someone a genuine and heartfelt compliment Make a donation to a worthy cause (it does not have to be a lot) Make a difference by donating funds to someone on Kickstarter or GoFundMe
Send flowers to someone, just because Smile at someone random Donate blood
Plant a tree or a plant Hug someone to show you care Pay for someone else’s meal anonymously at a restaurant
Cook or buy some food for someone Put positive sticky notes in places where others will see them and be uplifted Drop-off personal hygiene items or diapers at a local shelter
Donate old clothes and stuff you do not need Stop to talk to a homeless person Keep an extra umbrella in your car to lend someone in the event of rain

Ampersands: A C&N Spotify Playlist

Ampersands - a C&N Spotify Playlist

Enjoy "Ampersands" a C&N Spotify playlist that features songs and artists that contain an ampersand. Inside, you'll find:

  • Ampersand - Amanda Palmer
  • Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Private Eyes - Hall & Oates
  • Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone
  • Redemption Song - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • Seek & Destroy - Metallica
  • All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo
  • Neon Moon - Brooks & Dunn
  • December, 1963 - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  • ... and much more!

AmpersandThe ampersand is a major part of the C&N story. When we rebranded from Citizens & Northern Bank to C&N in 2019, we adopted the ampersand as an outward symbol of the relationships we build with our customers and our community. 

The following year was 2020, a year when many were faced with overwhelming challenges and searching for a beacon of hope. We looked for ways C&N could prop up our communities & celebrate the positive stories that made a difference during difficult times.

That's when we discovered September 8th: National Ampersand Day. Just as the ampersand represents relationships, we thought Ampersand Day should embody the unbreakable connections that bind humanity and remind us that we're all in this together. 

While nobody knows for sure when the first ampersand was used, it can be found as far back as 79 A.D.  An early example was discovered as graffiti on a wall in Pompeii, preserved by the Vesuvius eruption.

At one point in time, the ampersand was the last letter in our alphabet.

The ampersand gets its shape from combining the letters ‘e’ and ‘t’ together from the Latin word ‘et’, meaning ‘and.'

The ampersand was formally accepted in place of the word ‘and’ in 1899. 

National Ampersand Day was founded by Chaz DeSimone in 2015 to celebrate the character.

As C&N's adopted holiday, our teammates go all out to make Ampersand Day truly special. We wear jeans so we can celebrate comfortably, we put out treats for our customers and we hold our annual Amper Art Contest. 

Each year, we challenge our teammates to channel their artistic side and make an ampersand in the most creative way possible. This could be as simple as a drawing or sculpture or as big as mowing an ampersand into their yard. The winner for most creative ampersand receives a prize, so our team really digs deep in the spirit of competition and fun.

Here are our past winners: 

2023 Amper Art Winner

2023 Winner: Wellsboro

2022 Amper Art Winner

2022 Winner: Wellsboro


2021 Amper Art Winner

2021 Winner: Williamsport

2020 Amper Art Winner

2020 Winner: Jessica Walton


* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. C&N’s Ampersand Day Sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. residents of NY & PA who have reached the age of majority in his/her state of residence at the time of entry. Sweepstakes ends 9/8/23. Drawing will take place 9/12/23. Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received. Sponsor: C&N. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Tag C&N on Facebook and use #CNAMPERSANDDAY to enter. Winner will be drawn at random from entries. Winner will be responsible for any and all associated taxes. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with, Facebook. The charity donation must be to a charity within C&N’s footprint and must have 501(c) (3) status or be a Giving Back, Giving Together partnering organization.

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