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Citizens Bank Minnesota delivers loads of snacks to 4 area organizations

New Ulm Staff with food donations

New Ulm staff with food donations

Lafayette staff with food donations and with Sandy Hartley and Mark Haler

Lafayette staff with food donations

La Salle staff with food donations

La Salle staff with food donations

Lakeville staff with food donations

Lakeville staff with food donations

Did you know approximately 13 million American children are at risk of hunger?  Because of this, Citizens Bank Minnesota chose to collect snacks for children in need in the area for their community snack backpack programs. These snack backpack programs help ensure students in need have access to healthy meals during the weekend and return to school ready to learn.

This effort was in conjunction with the Minnesota Bankers Association’s Community Impact Month.  Across the state, 94 banks and over 458 branches will join forces in September to serve their local communities.  Citizens employees were able to raise $715, which employees used to shop for snacks to donate to four area organizations. Several boxes of snacks were donated by employees and community supporters as well! The organizations donated to include: United Way of Brown County Project Lunch Box, Watonwan County Backpack Program, Lafayette Charter School Food Backpack Program and Kenwood Trail Middle School Snack Pack Program in Lakeville.

Citizens will hold monthly collections throughout the school year, so be on the lookout for future collection dates in your area.

Launched by the Minnesota Bankers Association, the Community Impact Month creates an opportunity for banks to highlight the many volunteer opportunities available to help build stronger local communities.  Citizens and their employees were proud to be a part of this effort and we thank everyone who donated at all of our locations! #BanksBuildMN

To learn more about the area Backpack Snack programs and future collection dates, please visit our website at: www.citizensmn.bank/citizens-way/community-impact

 

 

Help Us Support Local Backpack Snack Programs

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September is Community Impact Month! Launched by the Minnesota Bankers Association, Community Impact Month creates an opportunity for banks to highlight the many volunteer opportunities available to help build stronger local communities.
Citizens Bank Minnesota is taking this one step further and supporting area Backpack Projects throughout the 2019-2020 school year, and we are asking for your support!
Please consider monetary or snack donations for area BackPack Snack Programs. Our first collection dates are September 3 – 6, 2019. For a full list of items needed for each of our locations, visit our website at: http://bit.ly/backpacksnacks  Thank you for your support!

#banksbuildmn #WooHooItsWhatWeDo

Citizens Bank Minnesota Donates over $2,100.00 to Area Nonprofits

Citizens Bank Minnesota recently donated $818.00 to CADA (Committee Against Domestic Abuse) and $1287.00 to Virginia Piper Cancer Center of New Ulm. The funds were raised through Citizens Jeans for Change where employees pay $5.00 the first Friday of every month to wear jeans to work, and employee potlucks throughout the year. The proceeds are then given to area non-profits.  CADA is a nonprofit victim advocacy and emergency shelter organization and Virginia Piper Cancer Center provides outpatient care that is individually tailored and convenient for patients.

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Pictured from left to right: Lou Geistfeld, President/CEO of Citizens, Stacy Merkel, AVP/Auditor of Citizens, Ra’e Holm, CADA, Sara Neidecker-Schoo, CADA, Denise Fischer, Insurance Agent of Citizens Agency, and Mark Denn, Executive Vice President of Citizens.

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Pictured from left to right: Lou Geistfeld, President/CEO of Citizens, Lynn Fink, AVP/Compliance Officer of Citizens Sarah Schauer, NUMC Foundation, Vicky Beltz, Assistant Manager Oncology, Kay Meinzer, Personal Banker, Citizens, and Mark Denn, Executive Vice President of Citizens.

Teach Children To Save – 2019

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Jefferson Elementary 2nd graders made this awesome ‘thank you’ poster for us!

Citizens Bank Minnesota is a proud participant of National Teach Children to Save (TCTS). TCTS is an opportunity to foster relationships in our communities, while giving young people the tools and inspiration for a successful financial future.

This year several Citizens employees visited 908-second grade students in eleven schools to talk about saving money. We discussed the importance of saving, how interest is earned, the safety of saving in a bank, and how to earn money to save for important items in the future. The presentation includes a saving activity, which is a good visual, interactive way to illustrate the benefits of saving at a bank.

Citizens offers a great youth savings account, WooHoo! U!  This account is a tiered savings account that starts with a rate of 3.04% APY!

LEARN MORE about this youth savings account on our website here: WooHoo! U

If you are interested in opening a savings account for your child or grandchild at Citizens, please stop in to talk with one of our Client Service Representatives today!

By Lori Dummer, Marketing Assistant

Citizens Bank Minnesota’s Awards Eight Scholarships to High School Students

Citizens Bank Minnesota is proud to support the youth of our communities by awarding scholarships to area students. This year marks the nineteenth year of the program! These scholarships are part of the Community Bankers Scholarship Program TM and 8 students were awarded the annual Citizens Bank Minnesota scholarship.

Amber Adelman, a graduate of Lakeville South, Faith Bergeman, a graduate of Madelia High School, and Hannah Blumhoefer, a graduate of New Ulm Public High School were recently presented with a $1,000.00 scholarship that is renewable for a potential value of $4,000.00 over four years of post-secondary education.

Elle Cooper, a graduate of New Ulm Public High School, Johanna Stelljes, a graduate of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, and Jennifer Wear, a graduate of Sibley East High School were the recipients of a $1,000.00 scholarship.

Taylor Forstner, a graduate of New Ulm Public High School and Connor Schaper, a graduate of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School were the recipients of a $500.00 scholarship.

Citizens awards eight scholarships to customers graduating from high school. Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two year or four year college in the fall following graduation. Scholarships are available to Citizens Bank Minnesota’s customers who complete the online educational banking videos and have a Citizens checking account. Citizens is proud to invest in their futures by promoting education and excellence.

 

Amber, daughter of Judi Adelman and Duane Adelman, will be attending Northeastern University this fall, pursuing a degree in economics.

 

 

 

 

 

Faith, daughter of Melissa Bergeman and Eric Gunderson, will be attending the College of Saint Benedict this fall, pursuing a degree in nursing or pre-med.

 

 

 

 

Hannah, daughter of Scott and Shelly Blumhoefer, will be attending Iowa State University this fall, pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

 

 

 

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Elle, daughter of Brigette and Scott Cooper, will be attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison this fall, pursuing a degree in engineering.

 

 

 

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Johanna, daughter of Ross and Laura Stelljes, will be attending the University of North Dakota this fall, pursuing a degree in commercial aviation.

 

 

 

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Jennifer, daughter of Tom and Renee Wear, will be attending Iowa State University this fall, pursuing a degree in agribusiness.

 

 

 

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Taylor, daughter of Kevin and Jodi Forstner, will be attending Minnesota State University, Mankato this fall, pursuing a degree in biology-dentistry.

 

 

 

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Connor, son of Patricia and Blake Schaper, will be attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities this fall, pursuing a degree in biological sciences.

 

 

 

 

For more information about the scholarship visit: www.citizensmn.bank/personal/scholarship

By Lori Dummer, Marketing Assistant/Scholarship Coordinator

 

2019 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K Fundraiser

Citizens Bank Minnesota held their 5th annual Race 2 Raise 5K on Saturday, May 18, 2019. This was a running/walking event that started in the New Ulm bank parking lot and utilized streets and the bike trail system, finishing at German Park. The 5K was professionally chip-timed with medals being awarded to the top 3 males and top 3 females in seven different age groups. Despite the threat of storms and cooler temps, the rain stayed away and we had 119 participants there that morning, raising $2,824.15 for the American Cancer Society!  We hope to see YOU at the starting line in 2020!

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Citizens 4 Citizens donates to the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery

Craft Retreat donationCitizens Bank Minnesota recently donated $800.00 to the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery. The funds were raised through the Citizens 4 Citizens Craft Retreat held on March 15 & 16, 2019. The retreat was started in 2012 with the idea that the event would provide participants with time to work on projects of their choice without the distractions of home.  The proceeds are then given to area non-profits.  The Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery is a 24-hour home that exists to provide a temporary, safe and loving environment for children while supporting and strengthening families experiencing a stressful situation.

Pictured from left to right:

Lou Geistfeld, President/CEO of Citizens, Stacy Merkel, AVP/Auditor of Citizens, Melanie Mohror, Southern MN Crisis Nursery Board Vice Chair, Lynn Fink, AVP/Compliance Officer of Citizens, and Mark Denn, Executive Vice President of Citizens.

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