Community Relations

Bank supports local restaurants

Bank First in Manitowoc, Wis., spent $100,000 on restaurant gift cards from more than 140 restaurants in its footprint to be donated to those in need. [Continue]

Bank Iowa hosts virtual Easter egg hunt

With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling large gatherings left and right, Bank Iowa wanted to step up and fill the gap during the Easter season. The Des Moines bank had sponsored local egg hunts over the years and decided to take the event digital across its footprint this year. [Continue]

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]