Community Involvement from MidCountry Bank

Community Involvement

Responding to  Community Needs

MidCountry Bank Supports Crow River Habitat for Humanity

Making a difference with time, talent and resources

Hutchinson, MN – October, 2018 - MidCountry Bank furthered its commitment to Habitat for Humanity by supporting a local build project in Hutchinson with a financial donation of $5,000, and by organizing an employee work crew of volunteer laborers.

Habitat houses are 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 Habitat for Humanity with an affordable mortgage and payment.

MidCountry Bank Ag Lender Payton Eastman serves as a board member for the Crow River chapter of Habitat, and knows the value of bringing community together to meet the needs of affordable housing.  “We appreciate the opportunity to help our neighbors achieve their homeownership dream, and are always looking for partners to continue this important work.” 

Watch for more information and volunteer opportunities on the Crow River Habitat for Humanity website http://hfh-mn-crowriver.huterra.com/

MidCountry Bank Supports Crow River Habitat for Humanity
Crow River Habitat Executive Director Lori Mittelsteadt receives a donation on behalf of MidCountry Bank.  (L-R:  Dave Thompson, Lori Mittelsteadt, Nikki Willemssen, Payton Eastman and Tyler Stehr.)

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.

Habitat for Humanity Inaugural Veterans Build
Representatives for Habitat for Humanity – Central Minnesota joined sponsoring partners MidCountry Bank, Jacobs Financial and property donors to break ground for the first Veterans Build project in the state. 

LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND MIDCOUNTRY BANK PARTNER FOR VETERANS

St. Cloud, MN – July, 2018Central 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.”

LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND MIDCOUNTRY BANK PARTNER FOR VETERANS 2018
Pictured, from left to right: Eileen Bitzan, Homeowner Services/Habitat; Rick Nelson, Executive Director/Habitat; Maureen O’Brien-Wieser, COO/MidCountry Bank; Mary Amann, Volunteer Coordinator/Habitat; Carol Veurink, Branch Mgr/MidCountry; Art Buhs, Construction Mgr/Habitat

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.

Rebuilding Together 2018

MidCountry Bank Honored for Community Involvement

MBA Community Champion Recognition LogoEden 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!

Angel Foundation Suds and Survivors 2017
Dave Thompson, Chief Commercial Banking Officer and Dan Weninger, Senior Commercial Banker presenting a cash donation to the Angel Foundation.

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!

Hastings Chalk Art 2017

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.  

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities 2017

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.

Randy Shaver 2017

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.

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