Responding to Community Needs
Habitat Breaks Ground on Minnesota’s First “Veterans Build” Project
Military family gets a new home, volunteers get a chance to make a difference
St. Cloud, MN - September, 2018 – Following months of planning, the ground was broken on September 17th in a ceremonial launch of the first “Veterans Build” in the state of Minnesota for Habitat for Humanity. Soon a slab will be laid and construction will begin; ultimately providing safe and affordable housing for a veteran family. The property is located near downtown St. Cloud, donated by private party to Habitat to support its mission.
The house will be built by volunteers, along with more than two hundred hours of sweat equity by the new homeowner, family, and friends over the next 9-12 months. With oversight of Habitat, local contractors provide and supervise the work, and many gifts-in-kind from suppliers and builders will come together to make this home a reality. Once the home is complete, the chosen homeowner will purchase the home from Central MN Habitat for Humanity with an affordable mortgage and payment.
Quoting Habitat founder Millard Fuller, Minnesota’s statewide Executive Director Chris Vosbeek shared a guiding principle the organization is founded on, “Life is both a gift and a responsibility.” He went on to state that when community members come together, good things happen. The project launching in St. Cloud is a testament to that.
MidCountry Bank, Jacobs Financial, EMS and NETTwork Manufacturing provided key sponsorships to make this project a reality. “MidCountry Bank is pleased to be a part of this region’s first Veterans Build project,” said Steve Meads, President and CEO of MidCountry Bank. “We appreciate the opportunity to help a military family achieve their homeownership dream, while providing community volunteers and our local team members the chance to help construct this new home in the historic Northeast Wilson Park neighborhood.”
Watch for more information and volunteer opportunities on the Habitat for Humanity – Central MN website www.cmhfh.org. Habitat for Humanity is always looking for folks who can lend a hand to complete this important work.
LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND MIDCOUNTRY BANK PARTNER FOR VETERANS
St. Cloud, MN – July, 2018 - Central MN Habitat for Humanity and MidCountry Bank announced their partnership in building a house for a military veteran and family. As a major sponsor of the build, this marks the Bank’s first engagement with Habitat in Central Minnesota, but not their first involvement in support of projects supporting veterans and their families in the Midwest. “We are so grateful for MidCountry’s care and support of Veterans causes through the years, and of course this major gift and partnership in our local area now; this enables us to get going on our very first Veterans Build! We already have other corporate and individual sponsors that have joined in the cause, and as more and more participate, our hope is that this will be the first of many homes for Veterans we will build in the years to come.”, commented Rick Nelson, Central MN Habitat’s Executive Director.
In September of this year, ground will be broken on the lot chosen in St. Cloud, and construction will begin. The house will be built by volunteers, along with more than two hundred hours of sweat equity by the new homeowner, family, and friends. With oversight of Habitat—as with all of their builds—local contractors provide and supervise the work, and many gifts-in-kind from suppliers and builders all come together in making these homes a reality; then, the chosen homeowner will be sold the home by Central MN Habitat for Humanity with an affordable mortgage and payment.
“We’re hoping that this will be a project that not only improves the lives of a Veteran and his/her family, but that the entire Veterans community in the St. Cloud area will unite and mobilize by volunteering in this build.”, says Nelson.
The search for a qualified applicant is on, and the period for applying is open through September 4, 2018. Further information, applications, and ways to become involved can be found at the Central MN Habitat for Humanity offices in St. Cloud, or via their website: www.cmhfh.org
MidCountry St. Cloud Branch Manager, Carol Veurink, in speaking of this new venture, says: “We embrace the opportunity to join Central MN Habitat in making homeownership possible for a Veteran in our community.”
Rebuilding Together Project Recap – Thank You All of Our Volunteers!
Minneapolis, MN - May, 2018 - A record number of team members put MidCountry’s Compassion value into practice on May 8 & 10. In partnership with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, 58 MidCountry team members contributed their sweat equity to help deserving local veteran with home maintenance projects.
The homeowner has lived in the Bryant neighborhood of South Minneapolis for over 16 years. Her extended family has owned the house for over 70 years and she has the distinction of having been born in the house. She is a retired U.S. Army veteran, were she served as an Administrative Specialist and lives with a number of disabilities. Having repairs made to her home give her an emotional safety net and a stable environment that allow her to manage her disabilities and age in place.
The projects included priming, painting & staining, removing carpeting & laying new laminate flooring, fixing windows & doors, and kitchen demo and remodeling - to name just a few.
Just a few hours of time, offered by people who care, provided the support necessary to complete maintenance work that will help the homeowner live more comfortably in her home. It’s safe to say the volunteers’ hearts were as full as the homeowner’s after the job was complete!
A special thanks to LS Black Contractors for partnering with MidCountry and providing the skilled labor needed to complete some of the construction updates required.
MidCountry Bank Honored for Community Involvement
Eden Prairie, MN – March 1, 2018 – The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) has recognized 38 Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Banks play a vital role in their communities and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.
MidCountry Bank is one of thirty-eight Community Champions that worked with hundreds of organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies, or food for their neighbors. Recipients of the recognition range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches.
In total, these banks donated over $2.2 million to over 900 organizations including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Minnesota Business Venture, local schools, churches, and non-profits. 1,941 employees from these banks dedicated over 59,000 hours at variety of volunteer events or programs.
MBA President/CEO Joe Witt congratulated the recipients. “This extraordinary level of volunteer participation by Minnesota banks demonstrates their deep commitment to the communities they serve,” said Witt. “In addition to providing the capital that helps families and local businesses thrive, the banking industry’s record of supporting local programs is second to none. The MBA is pleased to recognize these 38 banks for their commitment to making a real difference in their local communities.”
To view the full list of the MBA 2018 Community Champion recipients CLICK HERE
Suds and Survivors – $26,000 Raised for Adults Facing Cancer!
September 21, 2017 - MidCountry Bank was honored to be the platinum sponsor for the 3rd Annual Suds and Survivors event supporting the Angel Foundation. Dan Weninger, Senior Commercial Banker with MidCountry Bank and Angel Foundation board member, hosted the event at Theodore Wirth Chalet.
The event included hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, live music and raffle. Suds and Survivors surpassed expectations and raised over $26,000 for local families facing cancer. Everyone at the event had a great time while supporting a great cause!
The Hastings Team Did Not Let the Rain Cloud the Fun!
Customers in the Hastings community look forward to bringing in family members and grandchildren to be artists for the annual Chalk Art Contest. This year the event took place Friday, July 21st, however the event had to be moved indoors due to inclement weather. The children still made the best of the situation with their creations on poster boards.
Approximately 15 children attended, and all received a MCB backpack with pencils, treats and info on Savings4Me accounts. The 3 top artists received Dairy Queen gift cards.
As you can see in these photos of the event, everyone had a great time!
MidCountry Bank Volunteers Support Rebuilding Together Project in North Minneapolis
BLOOMINGTON, MN – (June 2017) - Living our company values of Compassion, Honesty, Integrity, Excellence, and Fairness is a priority for the team at MidCountry Bank. Our team was fortunate to have the opportunity to put the Compassion value into practice in the community on June 20. In partnership with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, 42 MidCountry team members shared their skills and muscle power to construct a wheelchair ramp to the back entrance of the home, and build a two-tier retaining wall and stair rail to improve the front entrance as well. Just a few hours of time, offered by people who care, provided the support necessary to do maintenance work that will help the homeowners have safe access to their home. Even several of the neighbors driving by thanked the work crews for the improvements being made to their community.
MidCountry Bank Proudly Sponsors the Randy Shaver Golf Classic
Bloomington, MN – (June, 2017) – More than one million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. MidCountry Bank is banking on a cure by partnering with the Randy Shaver Research & Community Fund. Once more, MidCountry Bank helped raise funds to support research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the cancer community's needs through sponsorship of the annual Gala and Celebrity Golf Classic.
Absolutely perfect weather ushered in a record number of participants on golf day. MidCountry Team members volunteered at the MidCountry Bank sponsored hole, hoping to see a lucky golfer win the $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one
This year, the event reported grossing over $350,000. Over 90% of the proceeds are used by the Randy Shaver Research & Community Fund to fund research and local cancer-related projects each year. MidCountry Bank is proud to contribute to the battle against all types of cancer. For more information about the Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund, visit their website at www.randyshavercancerfund.org.