Community Involvement 2015

Responding to  Community Needs

MidCountry Bank Spreads Love and Warmth in Metropolis, Illinois

Metropolis, IL - (December, 2015) Our team in Metropolis, Illinois held their fourth annual coat drive benefitting the local Metropolis and Massac County communities during the months of October and November.  Terrific participation from both customers and members of the community lead to collecting more than 300 coats!  The team hosted a small reception on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. as a means to distribute the items collected. A modest turnout limited the distribution that day, but by partnering with local support services, the remaining coats were provided to needy families and individuals throughout Massac County.  Tara Houseman-Burns, lead teller in Metropolis, was instrumental in coordinating the coat drive and ensured the coats were distributed where most needed.  Each member of the team in Metropolis worked diligently to make the coat drive a success. Thanks to the Metropolis team for their benevolent efforts and support of the community!

Metropolis coat drive 2015

Woodbury, MN - (October, 2015) As it nears lunch time, you may hear folks around the office, or maybe your children mention they’re “starving.” Chances are, they are not actually starving and are not one in 9 people around the world who do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. Chances are even better they might have a couple hours to do something to help that one in 9.

Feed my starving children - Troy and BenTroy Rosenbrook, Ben Hangge, and their wives helped.  Participating in a mobile pack for Feed My Starving Children in Woodbury, they helped make enough meals to feed 807 kids for a year! In just 2 hours, their group put together 294,408 meals, which was the largest amount produced by a group in that mobile pack event.

Feed My Starving Children statistics:

  • 99.6% - Percentage of meals safely reaching intended locations
  • 70 – Countries FMSC food has reached
  • 22 cents - Current price of a meal produced at FMSC (no increase for 4 years straight)
  • 10 - Number of consecutive years FMSC has earned the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This puts FMSC in the top 1% of over 8,000 nationally rated charities for integrity and trustworthiness.

MidCountry Bank proudly supports volunteer efforts like those of Troy, Ben, and their wives to make a difference and provide help for the hungry.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon in Buffalo

Beyond the Yellow RibbonBuffalo, MN - (September, 2015) Historically, tying a yellow ribbon is the symbol of awaiting the return of a loved one.  Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a MN based program that reminds us that the support of soldiers cannot end when they return from deployment and the yellow ribbons are untied.  The soldiers and their families need our support before, during, and after deployment.  The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization provides awareness for the purpose of connecting service members as well as their families with community support, training, and resources.

Our MidCountry branch in Buffalo, MN (which is one of 200 official “Yellow Ribbon Cities”) recently partnered with Beyond the Yellow Ribbon to honor military heroes in Wright County, MN with a Military Appreciation Picnic at Sturges Park.  The free picnic was provided to over 230 service members and their families.  Our team donned their MidCountry aprons, rolled up their sleeves and helped serve food to attendees. 

Yellow ribbons are a powerful symbol of the ties that bind our hearts to the brave men and women who serve our country.  MidCountry Bank proudly supports servicemen and women who sacrifice so much for our country’s freedom. 

MidCountry Bank Supports the Cancer Battle

Minneapolis, MN - (August, 2015) MidCountry Bank team members supported and celebrated team mate, Dan Weninger’s 5-year cancer survivorship by participating in a fund raiser.  In addition to volunteer time to make the fund raiser a success, MCB team members provided cash donations and auction items. The net for the event was just over $15,000 and will benefit the Angel Foundation which provides financial assistance, education, and support for Twin Cities Metro Area adults with cancer, and their families.   Dan was deeply touched by the support of the MCB team.  He was thrilled that the Angel Foundation, which helped him while undergoing cancer treatment himself, was generously supported by so many of his friends and family at the event.

Click here to find out more information about the Angel Foundation

Angel Foundation Event 2015
L to R: Maureen O’Brien, Dan Weninger

MidCountry Bank Proudly Sponsors Bobby and Steve's Youth Foundation Golf Event

Chaska, MN – (August, 2015) Even when the day dawns rainy and dreary, it’s still a great day to golf; and an even better day to golf when it’s for a good cause!  Monday, August 17 was just that kind of day.  Despite the cold and clouds, the annual Bobby and Steve’s Auto World Youth Foundation golf tournament and auction drew a solid crowd. 157 golfers and bidders participated in raising funds used to guide youth in our local communities into actions and activities that provide positive outcomes in their lives.  Projects funded by the foundation promote youth literacy, active living, and healthy lives.  MidCountry Bank proudly supports the efforts of Bobby & Steve’s Auto World Youth Foundation and was thrilled to be a part of this event.

Bobby and Steves Golf Tournament 2015

MidCountry Bank team attendees L to R:  Kurt Cottier, Teri Rassatt, Farooq Bhatty, and Teri Lachermeier

MidCountry Bank Proudly Presents the 2015 Core Value Award Winners

ILLINOIS – (June-July, 2015) MidCountry Bank proudly presents its annual Core Value Award to high school seniors who have exhibited personal, defining character through the generous contribution of their time and talent.  The character displayed by this year’s recipients aligns with the values of Compassion, Honesty, Integrity, Excellence, and Fairness which guide the MidCountry organization and mold our culture.

Please join MidCountry Bank in congratulating all of this year’s award winners for making our community a better place!  We wish them every success in their college careers and beyond.

2015 Core Value Award Winners

17th Annual MidCountry Bank Fishing Invitational

The annual MidCountry Bank Fishing Invitational lured a “school” of folks to Lake Washington on a sunny day in June.  This event is one our Ag customers look forward to each year, but is the highlight of the year for the MidCountry Ag team. There’s nothing they enjoy more than treating customers to fishing, food, and fun! At the start of the day, boats filled with anglers anxious to reel in their best catch launch after a hearty breakfast. The fishermen finish up the day with a lunch and awards presented to the lunkers in each category. This year’s winners include Jayce Carlson (7 ¾” sunfish), Marcus Dettman (18 ¾” largemouth bass), Tyler Duenow (17 ¼” smallmouth bass), and Maranda Mackedanz (24” northern). The friendly competition was again, this year, a smashing success, leaving everyone ready to return next year!

Fishing Invitational 2015 Website Collage

MidCountry Bank Volunteers with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

ST PAUL, MN – (June, 2015) At MidCountry, we do our best to live our company values of Compassion, Honesty, Integrity, Excellence, and Fairness each day on the job. On June 17, our employees had the opportunity to extend our values into the community to help those in need. In partnership with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, a team of MidCountry folks met at a St. Paul resident’s home to make repairs to bring his home to a healthier and safer state. The group painted, cleaned, repaired walls, installed cabinets and countertops – sprucing up the space and lifting the homeowner’s spirits. What an honor it was to help make a difference for this homeowner!

Rebuilding Together 2015

MidCountry Bank Tees it Up at the Randy Shaver Celebrity Golf Classic

Maple Grove, MN - (June 1, 2015) - MidCountry Bank was for the second year, a title sponsor for the Randy Shaver Celebrity Golf Classic to support important cancer research. The day was filled with many laughs, great weather, and memorable experiences including a hole-in-one at our sponsored hole! Golfers and event sponsors alike were grateful to MidCountry Bank for our support and donations of time and resources for this great cause.  We look forward to more years of supporting cancer research through the Randy Shaver Cancer Research Fund.  Thanks to all of our team members who volunteered their time to make the event a great success!

Randy Shaver 2015 Event Photo
L-R: Mary Homan, Maureen O’Brien, Dave Oline, Phil Nash

MidCountry Bank Walks to Cure Arthritis

CARBONDALE, IL – (May, 2015) – You may be surprised to learn that the leading cause of disability in America today is arthritis.  The joint pain/ joint disease affects nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children nationwide.  Its symptoms are debilitating.  The Arthritis Foundation leads the fight for resources, access to care, advancements in science, and community connections for individuals living with arthritis.  The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis.  Our Illinois MidCountry Bank teams in Carbondale, Johnston City, and Marion supported the walk held in Carbondale on May 2.

Inspired by a friend who fights the arthritis battle, Jennifer Olson led the MidCountry Bank efforts and served as the Volunteer Chair for the walk.  Mallori Amberger participated as a walker, Afton English volunteered at the event with the silent auction and money counting, and many other team members and their families assisted with fundraising efforts in advance of the event.  The support of our MidCountry Bank team helped the event exceed the goal of raising $35,000! 

This is just one example of how MidCountry Bank shines in the communities we serve.  We are proud to offer employees VTO (volunteer time off) to encourage community involvement.   Making a difference is THAT important to us.  Thanks to our Illinois team for their commitment to making a difference in the lives of folks suffering from the debilitating effects of arthritis.  We are grateful for your giving hearts!

Walk to Cure Arthritis 2015

MidCountry Bank Supports Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

Stillwater, MN – (April, 2015) – MidCountry Bank is a proud supporter of Rebuilding Together Twin Cities (RTTC) to provide critical home repairs for homeowners in need, to ensure they can live independently in safe and healthy homes.  In the past, MidCountry Bank team members have helped at home sites and will continue to contribute that sweat equity to make a difference in the communities we serve.

MidCountry Bank co-sponsored “Townie Tuesday” with Lift Bridge Brewing Company in Stillwater to raise funds for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities.  MidCountry Bank was pleased to present RTTC a check for $6,000 to use for rebuilding projects and general organization support.  Additionally, Lift Bridge donated $1 for every pint of beer that was sold at the event, which was also matched by MidCountry Mortgage employee, Jim Herbert.  MidCountry employees donated items for a silent auction generating over $700.  The monies raised at the event have potential to be stretched even further by a recent matching funds challenge grant awarded to RTTC from the Pohlad Foundation.

MidCountry Bank was proud to partner with Lift Bridge at Townie Tuesday to support the Stillwater community:  Brewing, Banking, and Bidding to Rebuild Together!

Townie Tuesday Rebuilding Together Event Photo
L-R: Jim Herbert and Maureen O'Brien Wieser of MidCountry Bank, Kathy Greiner of Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

MidCountry Bank Supports Illinois Shelters

Mt. Vernon, Carbondale, Marion, IL – (March, 2015) – In a unique show of support for Lifeboat Alliance Shelter in Mt. Vernon, Good Samaritan Ministries in Carbondale, and Lighthouse Shelter in Marion, MidCountry Bank pledged $10 for each assist achieved at home games during the Saluki basketball season.  The outcome:  MidCountry Bank proudly awarded $1,000 to each organization during a featured “on floor” presentation at SIU.  In addition to the monetary donations, MidCountry Bank employees are encouraged to volunteer time and talents to support the shelters as part of a company supported volunteer program. 

Lifeboat Alliance Shelter is run almost exclusively by volunteers, so the time devoted by MidCountry employees is essential to helping the program assist the homeless in making a life transformation. Lifeboat Alliance serves the homeless in the lower 27 counties of Illinois.  Guests of the shelter are connected with resources and services to find jobs and permanent housing.

Good Samaritan Ministries provides emergency assistance to folks in need including shelter, a food pantry and soup kitchen, financial assistance with rent and utilities, and transitional housing.

Lighthouse Shelter serves the homeless in Williamson County and neighboring counties. Guests of the shelter are connected with resources and services to find jobs and permanent housing, and are also provided food and healthcare services. 

Donations of time, talent and treasure by MidCountry Bank and many others make a difference in each of these Illinois communities.

Good Samaritan Ministries award
L-R (Good Samaritan award):  Jennifer Olson, John Dorris, Patty Mullen (Assistant Director, Good Samaritan Ministries), Randy Forby

Life Boat Alliance Homeless Shelter award
L-R (Lifeboat Alliance award):  Jennifer Olson and Gary Evans of MidCountry Bank, Jenny O'Daniel, Exec Director-Life Boat Alliance, Randy Forby

Lighthouse shelter Marion
L-R (Lighthouse Shelter award):  Jennifer Olson, Afton English, Ivan Zwick (Lighthouse Shelter Board Member), Wanda Zwick (Lighthouse Shelter Board President), Randy Forby

MidCountry Bank Spreads Love in the Community

Apple Valley, MN – (March, 2015) – There’s a saying that goes, “The love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay.  Love isn’t love ‘til you give it away.”  The MidCountry Bank team in Apple Valley found a way to give some love away in their community during the month of February.  Since Valentine’s Day is a common time to show love for others, they felt February was a perfect time to collect toys, books and stuffed animals to donate to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul.  The items collected were given to children who are battling serious illnesses at the hospital to lift their spirits during a difficult time, and let them know they are loved.

Branch Manager, Karen Kirkman is thrilled with the outcome.  “Over 200 items were graciously given by customers and employees – that’s a lot of love!” Kirkman said.  What a remarkable show of love and support!  Thanks to everyone who donated!

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