Community Relations

Indiana bank launches trifecta of help

First Farmers Bank & Trust has launched a three-pronged attack against the economic impacts of COVID-19 in its communities. The Converse, Ind.-based bank created a program to connect hog farmers with local food banks, committed to donating $75,000 for donated lunches purchased from local restaurants to donate to first responders and medical professionals. [Continue]

Keeping the community helpers fed

The Shalom Center of Interfaith Network provides the economically challenged citizens of Kenosha County, Wis., with shelter, guidance, and importantly, food. In a turn of the table, a team from the Kenosha branch of Brookfield, Wis.-based North Shore Bank surprised the near-50 person staff of the Center with pizza, plus a couple of surprises. [Continue]

North Dakota bank funds tech for distance learners

In March, Joy Kitzan, senior vice president Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Hebron, N.D., received a call from the principal of her local K-12 school with a need. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum had just directed educators to put together a distance learning program for the state’s schoolchildren in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They had about two weeks to plan. [Continue]