Community Involvement

Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin takes pride in its connection with the community. Our employees are active members in the community and volunteer regularly to many activities and charitable organizations.

Habitat for Humanity

In early April 2014, Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin began a partnership with Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity based out of St. Croix Falls. CBNWI invested in the local communities by purchasing three mortgages owned and serviced by Habitat for Humanity. Dean Marquardt, CRA officer, facilitated the transaction with the help of bank management.

As part of this partnership, CBNWI staff members will be volunteering their time to help complete a home for Habitat this summer in Birchwood. We look forward to getting out into the community and giving back in a very meaningful way. Keep an eye on the website later this summer for news and photos of the Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin Habitat Build Day.

For those of you interested in making a tax deductible donation to Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, please visit their website at http://hfh-wi-wild.huterra.com/

CNBWI Giving

As we all know, the Rice Lake Public Library serves as a much needed community center for many members from our community. Katherine Elchert, the Children's Librarian, is particularly interested in developing programs and providing resources for the kids among them. Lunch Bunch was conceived to serve the kids and teens that were in the library all day, from open to close, without a reliable food source during the summer. While it can be difficult to believe that kids are left at their own devices for 9+ hours, it was the daily reality at Rice Lake Public Library. The lack of food / supervision takes a toll on the staff, patrons and, most of all, on the kids themselves. Lunch Bunch was developed to help alleviate some of this stress.

Lunch Bunch met twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12pm-2pm during the summer months. Depending on the day, the Lunch Bunch numbers fluctuated from 6 to 22, but usually averaged around 15 kids! The program began the week after school let out in June and it continued through the month of August. Many kids from the Lunch Bunch crew have already questioned whether the program will continue during the next summer break!

Juliet at CBNWI heard about the program from a friend who works with Katherine at the library. She promptly contacted Katherine to discuss any needs that the library had. Katherine said that the Friends of the Library was funding the program but would accept contributions. CBNWI was happy to contribute to the program and is budgeting for a larger contribution next year to help defray the cost for the Friends organization.

Please feel free to contact Katherine at the Rice Lake Public Library (715)234-4861 ext. 17, or by email katherineelchert@ricelakegov.org with any questions or desire to contribute to the mission of the Rice Lake Public Library!

Children in the community enjoy board games and free lunch as part of the Rice Lake Public Library Summer Lunch Bunch program sponsored by CBNWI.Children in the community enjoy board games and free lunch as part of the Rice Lake Public Library Summer Lunch Bunch program sponsored by CBNWI.Children in the community enjoy board games and free lunch as part of the Rice Lake Public Library Summer Lunch Bunch program sponsored by CBNWI.

Food Drive

Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break

The staff at our Ladysmith Branch have learned about a need in their community: the children in their community that may spend days hungry due to not having access to the free lunch program they rely on throughout the school year. From June 1st to August 31st you can help CBNWI-Ladysmith collect food for their area food pantries. Stop by and drop off non-perishable food items at the Ladysmith Branch next to the Ladysmith Family Restaurant and help make this summer break a full and happy one for these kids. If you'd like more information, call Dianna or Melanie in our Ladysmith office at 715-532-7279.

Spooner Job Fair

This spring CBNWI participated in 3 Education Advisory panels sponsored by the Washburn County Economic Development Corp. These panels were held at our local schools in Birchwood, Spooner, and Shell Lake. Hundreds of students participated and their questions were answered by local business people regarding what their respective business does, job descriptions, and qualifications.

We also participated in the Job Fair that was held at the National Guard Armory in Spooner. This event was also sponsored by the WCEDA for interested citizens looking for employment information from local businesses.

These events were attended by Dwight Marquardt, President; Josh Villella, VP/Lending; and Missy Gauger, VP/Personal Banking.

Josh, Dwight and Missy (not pictured) of the Spooner office took time out of their busy schedules to participate in job fairs throughout Washburn County.

Community Garden

Community Garden This past summer, CBNWI partnered with two youth groups to help community members in need. The Community Garden Project was conceived by Jerry, the Chairman of the CBNWI Board of Directors. It was a collaborative effort between CBNWI, Boys and Girls Club, Pepperettes and Beavers 4H club to get food into the hands and mouths of those who needed it. CBNWI provided the clubs with seeds and transplants to plant with the agreement that the produce yielded from the gardens would be donated to St Paul's Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. The groups would be compensated per pound of produce for their time and efforts put into the garden. The children and bank employees who participated had a wonderful time with the project and it was extremely successful. CBNWI hopes to grow the program next year and help even more people!

Read more about the Community Garden Project in the Rice Lake Chronotype. If you are interested in having your group or organization participate in the Community Garden project next year, please contact Juliet!

Children at the Community Garden Project

Hunt Hill Activities

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary is an extraordinary resource for much of our market area. If you're not familiar with it, Hunt Hill is a "nonprofit nature sanctuary dedicated to connecting people to the environment" (hunthill.org). To accomplish this mission they host a variety of interactive events that appeal to everyone from age 2-102.

Hunt Hill Bus

CBNWI was proud to be a part of the Hunt Hill mission this past year in a couple ways. We supported the Prairie Fling Festival as a Bronze Prairie Sponsor. We also sponsored transportation on Wednesdays to the Youth Day Camps from Rice Lake and Spooner. This service was available to any and all day-campers free of charge, and was used by almost 50 children. CBNWI is excited to announce that it will be continuing this service in 2014 to help children in the area be able to experience Hunt Hill.

For more information, please feel free to contact Juliet or Hunt Hill.

CBNWI sponsored transportation to the Hunt Hill Sanctuary for the Youth Day Camps from Rice Lake and Spooner.

Raffle Donations

Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin is proud to support many community organizations and fundraisers. Recently we have donated gift baskets to fundraisers to benefit Fallen Officers, the Pregnancy Help Center, as well as the Rice Lake Free Clinic and Benjamin's House Emergency Shelter. The latter of which was sponsored by the Rice Lake Rotary and the Brill Sportsman's Club. These baskets and gift packages that we arrange for these events are raffled or auctioned off to raise money for the organization. We are proud to help in so many ways, and look forward to hearing from your organization so we can work with you too! Please contact Juliet to start the process of requesting donations, whether monetary or material, for your organization's event. Though we can't help everyone every time, we would sure like to hear from you and be able to start a relationship that we can build on.

Parades

What's summer without a parade?! At CBNWI we love parades and were sure to jump in on the fun of throwing candy! This year, we participated in the Spooner Rodeo Parade on July 13 as well as the Brill Harvest Days parade! It is always a great day to spend with people who are out having fun in their community. We enjoy thoroughly and appreciate everyone who waves back on the parade route.

CBNWI participated in the Spooner Rodeo Parade on July 13 as well as the Brill Harvest Days parade.

St. Paul's Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen

On Friday, September 27th, CBNWI representatives took time to cook and serve lunch at St Paul's Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. Dean, Angela and Juliet arrived at 8:30 and spent the morning preparing lunch for 60-80 people. Angela browned about 85 pork chops while Dean cleaned and cut cauliflower for an Italian salad and Juliet cleaned and cut locally grown, donated tomatoes for the Italian salad. It was accompanied by warmed buttered French bread, corn, and pie. At 12 noon, the doors opened and our CBNWI team was ready to serve! It was a great day of camaraderie. The people who received the lunch were gracious and complimentary. Everyone involved had a wonderful experience. CBNWI is planning on making this a regular part of their schedule, helping to cook and serve at the Soup Kitchen at least one Monday a month!

CBNWI team serving at St. Paul's Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen.

Lions Club Christmas Project

We all recognize that the holiday season is generally a time for remembering others. Josh Villella, VP/Senior Lender of CBNWI, recognized this and took some time to give back in his community.

Working with the Lion's Club of Shell Lake and Spooner, Josh helped to deliver food, clothing and toys to over 200 families in the area, including 300 children.

The program Josh contributed his time to is the Lion's Club Christmas Fund. For many years, the Lion's Club has taken time and effort to collect donations from local people and businesses. They then go to community outreach organizations and gather names of eligible families. They use donated funds to buy for these families much needed food and clothing. This past year, they put together all their donations and purchases beginning December 19th and 20th, and then delivered the gift baskets of food and presents to the families on December 21st.

Josh has been participating in this program for 9 years. He is one of 30-40 community members to contribute to this noble effort.

We would like to extend a thank you to the Lion's Club, Josh and all the other volunteers for so graciously giving their time to ensure others could have a happy holiday season.

Josh Villella setting out to deliver food, clothing and presents to families in Washburn County with the Lion's Club Christmas Fund project.

Josh Villella setting out to deliver food, clothing and presents to families in Washburn County with the Lion's Club Christmas Fund project.

Feed My Starving Children

Hand Out HOPE Update

As you may recall, we reported in the last newsletter that some of our branches were participating in the "Hand Out HOPE" campaign to help raise money for the Feed My Starving Children Organization. We are happy to report that the funds that you collectively contributed totaled more than $330. CBNWI matched your contribution for a total donation of $665! That's enough to feed a family of 5 for a year PLUS 1,000 meals more! Thank you so much for your dedication to helping us help others. We still have some M&M tubes left and we are still collecting money to send to FMSC for this campaign. If you are interested in participating, let our tellers know and we can get you a tube! Thank you again for your generosity.


Hand Out HOPE

This holiday season, CBNWI has joined with Feed My Starving Children to Hand Out Hope. In our lobbies, you may have noticed the posters. We are handing out tubes of M&Ms to anyone who'd like one in the hopes that they take the opportunity to give back to people in need by filling the tube with quarters. You can also choose to make the donation when you receive the tubes of M&Ms. CBNWI will be presenting all the filled, collected tubes and donations to the Feed My Starving Children Crew during the up-coming MobilePack Event held at Cameron High School on December 12th and 13th. CBNWI is a sponsor of the event and also sends a team to help pack meals. We will continue to hand out the tubes of M&Ms and collect them to mail in to FMSC until we run out and until you are done returning them! If you would like to donate to the organization or help pack meals, visit their website at www.fmsc.org to sign up!


Feed My Starving Children 2013

On November 9, 2013, 13 employees of CBNWI and 6 of their children donated their free time to the efforts to end worldwide childhood hunger through the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Event.

A total of 95 community members volunteered for two hours. The afternoon consisted of weighing and assembling ingredients--rice, veggies, soy and protein--into meal packages at the Rice Lake High School cafeteria. The ingredients were predetermined based on their nutritional concentration and the nutritional needs of malnourished children.

At this event, the volunteers packed 108 boxes with 36 meals in each box for a total of 23,208 meals in two hours--enough to feed 63 children for a year!!

This has been an annual event for the Rice Lake Area and CBNWI has been an active participant for the last four years. Each year CBNWI's number of volunteers grows and everyone has a great time!

"2,4,6,8 packing meals is really great!"


FMSC 2012

On September 22, 2012, 15 employees of CBNWI again donated their free time to the efforts to end worldwide childhood hunger through Feed My Starving Children and the Rice Lake Rotary Club MobilePack Event.

A total of 105 community members volunteered. The day consisted of weighing and assembling ingredients into meal packages at the Rice Lake High School cafeteria. The ingredients were predetermined based on their nutritional concentration and the nutritional needs of malnourished children.

At this event, the volunteers from CBNWI and the other volunteers packed 27,648 meals in two hours--enough to feed 76 children for a year!!

Janice Saffert was one of the CBNWI volunteers who attended the MobilePack event. "This was my second year participating and I don't intend to miss another opportunity to donate my time because it is so rewarding!"

The volunteers of the Feed My Starving Children and Rice Lake Rotary MobilePack Event stayed hard at work to package 27,648 meals to feed some of the world's malnourished children.

 All of the CBNWI affiliated volunteers at the 2013 Mobile Pack event held at Rice Lake High School.The volunteers of the Feed My Starving Children and Rice Lake Rotary MobilePack Event stayed hard at work to package 27,648 meals to feed some of the world's malnourished children.Patricia Johnson and Cheri HaughianCBNWI Employee VolunteersBonnie Zehm, Sunny Pettingill and Lynda Marquardt having fun while helping out!