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, including
- Community Garden
- Hunt Hill Activities
- Raffle Donations
- St Paul’s Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
- Giving Back with the Lions's Club Christmas Project
- Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Event
- Community Links and Events
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Lion's 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.
Feed My Starving Children 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!”