Community Relations

First National Bank of Omaha seeks community development projects

The initial year of First National Bank of Omaha’s “First in the Community” program was a success on all fronts. The numbers are not yet totaled on the second year, 2017, but all indications are those trends will continue. Thus, the Nebraska-based bank is now accepting program proposals from grant seekers interested in helping low- to moderate-income families or communities with housing, neighborhood revitalization or strengthening of the economy. [Continue]

Bank honored for targeted financial education program

Old National Bank, Evansville, Ind., was honored by Wolters Kluwers for its “12 Steps to Financial Success” program, which provides much-needed financial education and financial literacy resources to members of the communities the bank serves, with a particular focus on the most at-risk members. The program began in 2014 to help incarcerated female inmates in Western Kentucky re-enter society as more educated and financially responsible citizens. Since then, the “12 Steps to Financial Success” program has steadily evolved and expanded into Indiana and Michigan. Today, the program also includes courses geared toward the financial education needs of homeless veterans. [Continue]

Bears & Blankets bring comfort

Employees of Winona National Bank, Winona, Minn., helped give comfort to those in need, delivering 539 items collected through its annual Bears & Blankets drive. Winona National collected the items Nov. 24 through Dec. 11 at its three offices. Employees delivered the items to 12 local organizations, and those organizations will distribute the items to those in need of comfort throughout the year. [Continue]

TS Bank partners with Faith’s Friends in Atlantic

TS Bank in Treynor, Iowa, donated $5,000 to Faith Friends, a non-profit organization that helps parents who lose an infant child. The organization, which is almost one year old, helps pay for funerals, headstones and burial costs to families who lose a child. The program was started in honor of Faith Bateman who died 90 minutes after being born in 2010. [Continue]

WBA pushes for financial literacy

With the signing of Assembly Bill 280, bankers in Wisconsin finally got financial literacy education formally included in state curriculum standards. [Continue]

TCF Bank helps kids make a wish

TCF National Bank, Wayzata, Minn., has raised more than $60,000 in 2017 for Make-A-Wish Minnesota to help make wishes a reality for children with critical illnesses. Donations were accepted at all 90 TCF Bank branches in Minnesota and collected during team member fundraising events. [Continue]

Wells Fargo volunteers, donates to keep kids warm

Volunteers from Wells Fargo & Co., delivered more than 50,000 coats to students in 11 schools across Chicago. This is the eighth consecutive year the bank has participated in the donation program. Wells Fargo’s Coats for Kids campaign raised nearly $180,000 from employee donations, company contributions, and private matching grants to buy 10,000 jackets. Wells Fargo employees in Chicago have raised nearly $1 million since the local program launched in 2009. [Continue]

Forest City, Iowa, bank honored

MBT Bank, Forest City, Iowa, has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the Des Moines Register. The Top Workplaces list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey. Several aspects of the workplace culture are measured in the survey, including alignment, execution and connection. [Continue]

Illinois bankers give Girl Scouts a boost

Illinois bankers helped raise money for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois at the 17th annual Women in Banking conference hosted by the Illinois Bankers Association and the Illinois League in September. [Continue]