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The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT) has a long history of aiding the needs of local non-profits, whether it be providing rent-free office space, teaching financial lessons, volunteering countless hours, or making monetary donations.
“SNBT truly believes in not only developing lifelong banking relationships, but also in doing good things for the people in the communities we serve,” said Daniel J. Peterson, SNBT President and CEO.
That’s why each year, SNBT makes monetary donations to non-profits in Marinette, Menominee, and Oconto Counties. The number of yearend donation recipients grew to 52, and 2016 contributions totaled over $150,000. Below are a few personal stories from donation recipients describing how they plan to use the funds to enhance health and education for children in our communities.
The DAR Boys & Girls Club plans to enhance their After School Adventure Program. “All in all, these funds will have a huge impact on the young people we serve,” said Rich Crevier DAR Executive Director. Within the program, the DAR will utilize the funding towards family scholarships, supplies and equipment, and transportation.
Greater M&M YMCA will grow and continue offering their After School Program to its members and to the community. Their program offers kids a healthy snack, homework help, physical activity, and character development.
“We are working on ways to adapt without the funds that were cut recently, without too much financial strain on families using the program,” said Terri Falkenberg, Greater M&M YMCA Executive Director. The program is free to its members and affordable to others. Their Annual Campaign provides scholarships to make the program free for those who qualify.
Faith Christian School in Coleman, WI is using SNBT’s donation to aid their mission of training each of their students to the height of their academic ability. To accomplish this, they have purchased electronic smart boards for their classrooms. The new technology will modernize classrooms and help educate students from Pre-School to 12th grade. The smart boards will be utilized from a young age to the time they are ready to move on to the next step in their adult life.
St. Anthony Parish in Oconto Falls, WI has been a part of the community for over 100 years. They never turn away a student due to cost and are using SNBT’s donation toward long term tuition assistance.
“We continue to take a holistic approach to education in that we educate all parts of each child,” said Alex Wolf, Principal & Director of Religious Education. “This is what continues to make us a successful school, and families continue to send their children here. In fact, some of our students are 3rd or 4th generation.”
As a Catholic school, attendance can be costly during a struggling economy. St. Anthony will continue to offer assistance to families, as well as keeping their cost of attendance low.
Project Give will expand their Yellow Shirt Movement into local schools in the spring and fall of 2017.
The Yellow Shirt Movement was started by Project Give to teach kids the importance of kindness and taking a stand against bullying. The movement was brought to several local events where kids signed the anti-bullying pledge and made a t-shirt with their handprint, vowing to “Raise your hand. Take a stand. End bullying.”
“Project Give was so grateful to receive a generous donation at this year’s SNBT Nonprofit Reception. Without businesses and individuals believing in us, our projects wouldn’t be possible,” said Shelby Beck, Project Give Founder.
Crivitz Youth Inc. Teen Center will purchase pins, balls, and shoes for their four-lane bowling center within their Teen Center. The lanes are used on a daily basis by the teen center members, families, youth bowlers, as well as the general public.
For more information on any of these groups and their mission in the community, contact the organization directly or contact SNBT. To learn more about the projects that SNBT supports, visit www.snbt.com/mybankforgood.
The Stephenson National Bank & Trust is a 142-year old independent community bank with over $1 billion in Bank, Mortgage, and Trust & Investment assets under management. Offices are located in Marinette, Wausaukee, Crivitz, Pembine, and Oconto, Wis. and Menominee, Mich. with a Trust & Investment Office in Marquette, Mich. For more information about The Stephenson National Bank & Trust visit www.snbt.com.