Community State Bank (CSB) recently completed their second-annual employee-driven donation campaign, known as #Gift2Giving. Each CSB employee was presented with $100 to donate to a nonprofit organization of their choice within the communities of Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties. 100% of CSB employees participated in contributing more than $10,600, which also included personal and anonymous donations from inspired individuals within the community.
“The impact of this year’s #Gift2Giving campaign went far beyond a donation,” said bank President and CEO Scott Huedepohl. “Our employees went above and beyond their donations by continuing to serve others through their own personal time, talents and resources. It started with $100, and it grew into something so much greater than we imagined. I’m proud of our employees. They care deeply about their community, and that’s more than we could ever ask for.”
For this year’s campaign, funds were distributed among 20 nonprofit organizations. CSB employees were encouraged to partner together and combine their #Gift2Giving funds to create a larger impact with their donations.
One of the recipients for the 2019 campaign was Marleighs Ministry, a Kenosha based nonprofit organization that assists local families who are coping with the loss of an infant, NICU and premature births. A total of 15 CSB employees partnered together to raise a total of $1,750 for the organization.
“It was wonderful to see individuals from inside and outside of our organization inspired to give back,” said CSB Universal Banker, Shelly Petrick. “The Marleighs Ministry donation started with just 3 CSB employees and eventually grew to 15. In addition, we had a local business anonymously donate $100, two employees give personal donations and another two employees donate care pack items.”
Contributing employees also collaborated to assemble more than 60 care packages for local families, which entailed shopping for the items, sorting packages and delivering them to the hospital.
“In the midst of all the heartache and tears that come from a premature birth experience and tragedy, Community State Bank offered hope and encouragement through the #Gift2Giving campaign,” said Marleighs Ministry Co-Founder and CEO Jill Gillmore. “Community State Bank is changing lives and building bridges in our community. This donation alone touched the lives of 60 parents of premature babies.”
Another recipient of this year’s program was the Koss Family Foundation, a Racine organization that assists local families affected by cancer.
“The #Gift2Giving donation meant the world to the Koss Family Foundation and to me,” said Founder and Executive Director Becky Faustmann. “Cancer has touched each of our lives in one way or another, and we love that we can make a difference in other families’ lives. This donation will help pay for groceries, rent or gas for a family in need. We are blessed to be a recipient and thank Community State Bank from the bottom of our hearts.”
Other recipients included Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin; VetsRoll, Inc.; Wisconsin Humane Society - Racine Campus; Waterford FFA Chapter; Burlington Catholic School; Racine Community Foundation; St. Thomas Food Pantry; Our Harmony Club, Inc.; Bristol Strivers 4-H; The Sharing Center; Kiwanis Club of Union Grove; Halo, Inc.; New Beginnings; Shepherds College; Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association; Burlington Transitional Living Center; The Time is Now to Help; and American Legion Bixby-Hansen Post 171.
Community State Bank has documented most of the donations through videos, podcasts, photos and journal entries. All of this information can be found at Gift2Giving.com or on social media using #Gift2Giving.