Citizens Delivers 107 Blankets to Six Area Organizations

Citizens employees create 107 fleece blanketsSeptember 17-21, 2018 was Minnesota Bankers Association’s Community Impact Week, in which Citizens Bank Minnesota was a proud participant. Across the state, 86 banks and over 259 branches joined forces to serve their local communities. Citizens chose to collect blanket and fleece donations to create comfort for those in need. Citizens employees were able to create 107 fleece tie blankets to give to six area organizations. Those organizations include New Ulm Virginia Piper Cancer Center, NUMAS Haus, the foster care system of Watonwan County Human Services, Mayo Clinic of St. James, Madelia City Hall to be used by police, rescue and fire, and 360 Communities in Lakeville.
Launched by the Minnesota Bankers Association, the Community Impact Week 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!
 

Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K - 2018

Citizens Bank Minnesota held their 4th Annual Race 2 Raise 5K fundraiser on Saturday, May 19, 2018. 160 participants came to run and walk the 5K route on that chilly morning! The route started at Citizens, continued south on Minnesota Street to 16th South, then back along the bike trail, ending at German Park. The 5K was professionally chip-timed, and there were medals awarded to the top 3 males and top 3 females in seven different age brackets.

The 2018 Race 2 Raise 5K raised $3,048.22 for the American Cancer Society! Citizens looks forward to the event growing even more in 2019.

2018 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K 2018 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K


 

NUMAS Haus donationCitizens Donates Over $900 to NUMAS Haus

Citizens Bank Minnesota recently donated over $900.00 to the NUMAS Haus. The funds were raised through the Citizens 4 Citizens Craft Retreat held on February 23 & 24, 2018 at the St. George Parish Center. The retreat 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 from the event are then given to area non-profits. The NUMAS Haus provides emergency shelter and support services to homeless, single-mother families with school age children from the New Ulm area. 

Pictured are: Karla Diehn, NUMAS Haus, Lynn Fink, Compliance Officer, Lori Dummer, Marketing Admin. Asst., Stacy Merkel, Auditor and Tim Hoscheit, Sr. Vice President representing Citizens

 

Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K Run/Walk. June 10, 2017, New Ulm, MN

Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K 

Citizens held their 3rd annual Race 2 Raise 5K on Saturday, June 10, 2017. It was a hot, windy day but 94 participants finished strong and cooled off afterwards with water, freezies and a free beverage at the B&L Bar. All proceeds from this event go to the American Cancer Society and we were able to raise $1,477.51 this year! Thank you to all that participated and also a huge thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers that helped this event go as smoothly as possible!

Citizens 5K Finish area of Citizens 5K Citizens Employees at the Race 2 Raise 5K

 

Lafayette staff presents a check to the Lafayette Area Ambulance for their new hydraulic lift cot.Lafayette Area Ambulance Donation

Citizens Bank Minnesota's ‘Jeans for Change’ recently donated $350.00 to the Lafayette Area Ambulance. Jeans for Change was started in March of 2017 with the idea that all bank employees can donate $5 to wear jeans on the first Friday of each month. The proceeds are then given to area non-profits. In April of 2017 the money raised went towards the Stryker hydraulic-powered ambulance cot. Mark Dick, President of the Lafayette Area Ambulance, stated “The cot can support 650 pounds and be loaded by one person into the back of the ambulance.”
Pictured from left to right: Mark Dick, President of the Lafayette Area Ambulance, Kevin Yager, Sheri Portner, Lori Dick, Laura Isaacson, Nick Peterson and Robert Wise of Citizens Bank Minnesota, Lafayette Branch.

 

Crisis Nursery Donation

Citizens Bank Minnesota donated $1,000.00 to the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery.Citizens Bank Minnesota recently made a donation of $1,000.00 to the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery. The 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. To find out more about the Southern MN Crisis Nursery, visit www.smncrisisnursery.org. 

Pictured are Tim Hoscheit, Sr. Vice President of Citizens, Shelly Hogue, Board Member for the Southern MN Crisis Nursery, Lou Geistfeld, President of Citizens, and Julie Baumgartner, Sr. Vice President of Citizens


Citizens For Citizens

Some of the members of the Citizens for Citizens group.The employees of Citizens Bank Minnesota take great pride in volunteerism and helping our neighbors within the community. We have been active in this effort for many years and through evolution and change, we are now Citizens for Citizens. By having a variety of fundraisers during the year, we will be able to donate all proceeds to several non-profits/charities in and around the communities we serve. This year they include the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery, NUMAS Haus, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation and Relay for Life. Our Lafayette branch is donating proceeds to the Lafayette Area Ambulance, our La Salle branch is donating to the Watonwan County Backpack program, and our Lakeville branch is donating to PawPads. Our fundraisers include pot lucks, an employee silent auction, a crafters’ weekend and a 5K walk/run, among others. Our hope is to impact the lives of our neighbors in some way through these efforts.


Citizens Honored for Community Involvement

Minnesota Bankers Association logoThe Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized twenty-four Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Citizens Bank Minnesota was one of twenty-four banks honored for their community involvement. Citizens employees volunteered over 5,800 hours on behalf of their bank for organizations such as American Cancer Society, United Way Day of Caring, Adopt-a-Family, Junior Achievement, National Teach Children to Save Day, local school programs, churches and non-profits. Citizens is also proud of being awarded top fundraising team for the American Cancer Society’s Brown County Relay for Life event raising $20,699.50. Citizens continues to support local businesses through its Go Local initiative that encourages its employees to shop locally first for all their purchases. 


.Citizens donates $3,000 to ISD #88 Greenhouse Project Fund

Citizens Bank Minnesota donates $3,000 to ISD #88 Greenhouse Project Fund

Citizens Bank Minnesota proudly presents a check for $3,000.00 to the ISD #88 Greenhouse Project Fund at the New Ulm High School. Funds will be used to expand and develop their Greenhouse. Pictured in the photo are members of the FFA Chapter, NUHS Ag Teacher Jeff Nelson, Citizens staff Tim Hoscheit (Sr. Vice President), Lou Geistfeld (President), Rose Wendinger (Asst. Vice President), Pat Brennan (Vice President) and NUHS Ag Teacher Kelsey Brandt. 


Citizens raises $4,000 for the Lewis House

Citizens Bank Minnesota raises $4,000 for the Lewis House

It was a magical evening as Citizens Bank Minnesota sponsored theGirls Night Out on Monday, October 24th at the Lakeville Arts Center, raising $4,000 through ticket sales which was donated to the Lewis House. Our attendees enjoyed listening to the music of Andra Suchy, Erin and Madison and Ali Washington. They were able to sample different wines and delicious food from a variety of restaurants, and there were vendors in attendance who offered products ranging from clothing to skin care.

The Lewis House first opened its doors on August 28, 1979 not far from where the current Eagan Lewis House stands today. It is named after the late Senator B. Robert Lewis, who authored legislation to aid women in abusive relationships and to stem family violence. The home was purchased with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and was welcomed into the community by the surrounding neighbors who made it their mission to watch out for the fragile families inside. During that first year, 41 women and 64 children received safe housing at Lewis House. In 1985, 360 Communities broke ground on the current Lewis House in Eagan, which was the first shelter in the United States built for the purpose of being a battered women’s shelter. 

To become part of theGirls! is rather simple – be a female client of Citizens and have an email address. If you are already a client, please send your primary email address to Lori Dummer at thegirls@citizensmn.com to be included in future emails. If you are not a client, please stop by Citizens Bank Minnesota's Lakeville Branch next to Lakeville’s Super Target to open your account today and start enjoying all the benefits Citizens has to offer. 

 

Citizens donates $1131.50 to MN Lions Diabetes Foundation 

Citizens employees and family members participated in the New Ulm Lions Diabetes Walk fundraiser.September 26-30, 2016 was Minnesota Bankers Community Impact Week, in which Citizens Bank Minnesota was a proud participant. Citizens employees chose a cause that impacts some of them as well as their family members - Diabetes. On Saturday, October 1st the Citizens team walked in the New Ulm Diabetes Walk and donated $631.50 to the MN Lions Diabetes Foundation in hopes of finding a cure for Diabetes. The bank donated an additional $500.00, making their total donation $1131.50!

Launched by the Minnesota Bankers Association, the Community Impact Week 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!


Citizens Relay For Life Team Raises $20,699.50

Relay for Life TeamCitizens Bank Minnesota’s Relay for Life Team was hard at work throughout the past year raising money for the fight against cancer right here in Brown County. Through a variety of fundraisers, including potlucks, a 5K walk/run, a crafters’ retreat, an employee Silent Auction and donations from friends and family, the Citizens team continues to contribute sizable donations to the American Cancer Society every year. This year we raised $20,699.50, putting us in first place in the county. Citizens has been part of Relay for 21 years, with total contributions at $219,546.22.

The money raised through Relay events helps with education, prevention, treatment, and support for all cancer survivors and patients. A large portion of the money raised in Brown County stays in Brown County, helping our neighbors and friends when they need it most. At our local Relay event, we celebrate all cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and learn how each of us can do more to fight back against this dreaded disease.

If cancer could be cured by energy, commitment and determination, we’d be done with it and no one would ever have to fear this disease again!


37 Random Acts of Kindness at Bavarian Blast

Random Acts of Kindness done at the 2016 Bavarian Blast in New Ulm.

Some Citizens employees had a 'blast' at Bavarian Blast in New Ulm on Thursday, July 14, 2016! They attended the "Fabulous Armadillos" concert at the festival and surprised quite a few concert attendees by doing 37 Random Acts of Kindness!
Acts included buying beverages, corn dogs and bags of kettle corn! Our employees had some great experiences - when a few people in line at the kettle corn booth heard what one employee was doing, they chipped in a few of their food tokens too, and the business owner donated a bag also! One younger teen hugged his bag of kettle corn after receiving it and his mom said that we had just made his night.
Random Acts of Kindness can be done by anyone, anytime and anywhere. You never know the impact you'll make on someone, so take the time to do one today! The simplest gesture can mean the most!


Citizens 2016 Race 2 Raise 5K 

2016 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K

Citizens Bank Minnesota’s Relay for Life team held their 2nd Annual Race 2 Raise 5K fundraiser on Saturday, June 11, 2016. 127 participants came to run and walk the 5K route, which started at Citizens, continued south on Minnesota Street to 16th South, then back along the bike trail, ending at German Park. The 5K was professionally chip-timed and there were medals awarded to the top 3 males and top 3 females in seven different age brackets.
The 2016 Race 2 Raise 5K raised $3,061.99 for Relay for Life! Citizens looks forward to even more participants in the event in 2017.

2016 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K 2016 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K 2016 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K


Citizens donates to the Madelia Fire Disaster Relief 

Citizens Bank Minnesota's La Salle branch manager, Mark Denn, presented the Madelia Chamber of Commerce with a $5,000 check from Citizens to go to the Madelia Fire Disaster Relief. On March 15, 2016, Citizens also presented $10,000 in donations and gift baskets to show appreciation to the 10 fire departments that helped with the terrible fire that destroyed part of downtown Madelia on February 3, 2016. 

Mark Denn presenting donation check to Madelia Chamber of Commerce for Madelia Strong. Citizens employees and members from area fire departments. Madelia strong photo

 

Minnesota Bankers Association Once Again Honors Citizens Bank Minnesota

Minnesota Bankers Association logoThe Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized twenty-one Minnesota banks for their community involvement.Citizens Bank Minnesota was one of twenty-one banks honored for their community involvement. Citizens employees volunteered over 5,800 hours on behalf of their bank for organizations such as American Cancer Society, United Way Day of Caring, Adopt-a-Family, Junior Achievement, National Teach Children to Save Day, local school programs, churches and non-profits. Citizens is also proud of being awarded top fundraising team for the American Cancer Society’s Brown County Relay for Life event raising $24,425.00. Citizens continues to support local businesses through its Go Local initiative that encourages its employees to shop locally first for all their purchases. 

 

Citizens Bank Minnesota Celebrates 140 Years of Making Things Happen!

February 1, 2016 marks Citizens Bank Minnesota's 140th Anniversary! We put together a short history video highlighting some important milestones at Citizens. You can watch it here!


Citizens Raises $2,400 for The Grand

theGirls! night out raised money for The Grand Center of Arts & Culture in New Ulm

Citizens Bank Minnesota hosted its annual Girls Night Out event on Wednesday, January 27 at The Grand Center for Arts and Culture. Citizens used the event as a fundraising opportunity for The Grand, an arts and cultural non-profit in New Ulm. Tickets were $20 each and there were 120 women in attendance. All proceeds were donated to The Grand, for a total of $2,400, with Citizens sponsoring all costs associated with the evening. If you are interested in becoming a member of theGirls at Citizens, please email Lori Dummer at ldummer@citizensmn.com for more information.


2015 Holiday Random Acts of Kindness

Adopt A Family - gift delivery. New Ulm employees 2015 Armful of Love - Lakeville employees 2015 Adopt A Family - Lafayette employees 2015 Adopt A Family - La Salle employees

Citizens Bank Minnesota employees were excited to help families in need this Holiday Season. Our main office in New Ulm as well as our three branch locations in Lafayette, La Salle and Lakeville each adopted an area family. Money was donated by employees, raised through a bake sale and free-will donation luncheons, making is possible to donate $3,223.00 in gifts for these families.

We were happy to help these families who would have had an otherwise difficult time purchasing the needed items themselves. It was also a great way to remember what the Holidays are truly all about!

 

Citizens raises $3,340 for The Lewis House

theGirls Night Out in Lakeville raised funds for The Lewis House

Citizens Bank Minnesota hosted theGirls! Night Out on Monday, October 5, 2015, at the Lakeville Arts Center, raising $3,340 through ticket sales, which was donated to the Lewis House! The Lewis House is a safe haven for women and children that have experienced domestic violence.

Citizens sponsored the entertainment and food for this event. The afternoon started with shopping at local downtown businesses then moved to the Lakeville Area Arts Center for happy hour and appetizers, followed by musical entertainment by "Sister"!


Brown County Relay for Life - 20 Year Anniversary

2015 Relay for Life team

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Relay for Life in Brown County and its fight against cancer. With the efforts and commitment of many people and countless volunteer hours, Brown County has now obtained total donations in excess of $2,000,000!Citizens Bank Minnesota has been proud to sponsor a team for every one of those years.

Through a variety of fundraisers including potlucks, a 5K walk/run, a crafters’ retreat, an employee Silent Auction and donations from friends and family, theCitizens team continues to contribute sizable donations to the American Cancer Society every year. This year we raised a whopping $24,425, bringing our twenty-year total to $198,846.72!

The money raised through Relay events helps with education, prevention, treatment, and support for all cancer survivors and patients. A large portion of the money raised in Brown County stays in Brown County, helping our neighbors and friends when they need it most. At our local Relay event, we celebrate all cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and learn how each of us can do more to fight back against this dreaded disease.

Citizens Bank Minnesota is in the fight for a CURE!


Citizens Bank Minnesota reveals new Message Center!

Citizens Bank Minnesota revealed their new message center on Thursday. Citizens purchased the sign for the purpose of promoting local businesses as well as community events and activities. To achieve this, Citizens has partnered with the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce for the operation of the sign. The Chamber hosts and maintains a community calendar at www.newulm.com and for message center consideration, all events and promotions must be entered online in the community calendar. A full message center usage policy can be viewed online as well. Citizens is pleased to add this service to their Go Local efforts for the New Ulm Community. 

Ribbon cutting for the new Citizens digital sign Ribbon cutting for the new Citizens digital sign

 

2015 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K Join us in the fight against cancer!

2015 Citizens Race 2 Raise starting line 2015 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K Finish Line

2015 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K 2015 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K post race refreshments 2015 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K water stop

Citizens Bank Minnesota's Relay for Life team hosted a 5K run/walk on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The weather was perfect for the 130 participants, and we received a lot of compliments on the easy, flat course. The fastest male was Levi Stelljes and fastest female was Sarah Preisinger. Overall this event raised about $2,600.00 for the American Cancer Society! 

The Relay for Life team was very appreciative of the events' sponors and donors: Citizens Bank Minnesota (donated race t-shirts), Citizens Agency (donated race bags), Century 21 (donated bananas and bottled water), Anytime Fitness (donated water and cups for our water stop), and KNUJ (donated Saint Paul Saints tickets as a door prize). We thank everyone who participated and we hope to have the event next year again!

 

2014 Holiday Random Acts of Kindness

Adopt A Family gifts - New Ulm 2014 Adopt A Family - Lafayette Employees 2014 Adopt A Family - La Salle employees 2014 Armful of Love - Lakeville employees

Citizens Bank Minnesota employees were excited to be able to help out families in need again this Holiday Season by doing Holiday Random Acts of Kindness for the second year in a row! 

Our main office in New Ulm and our three branch locations all adopted an area family, with our Lafayette office also bringing gifts to the area nursing home. Money was donated by employees, and also raised through a bake sale and free-will donation luncheons, bringing in over $1,450.00. The bank then made a match donation of $1,300.00 – making it possible to donate $2,750.00 in gifts for these families!

Shopping was done and numerous household items, clothing, groceries and toys were bought. Employees took pride in wrapping everything up in colorful paper and bows, wanting to make the Holidays as special and memorable as they could for the families, especially the children.

We were happy to help these families who would have had an otherwise difficult time purchasing the needed items themselves. It was also a great way to remember what the Holidays are about! “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” – Jim Rohn


Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.'s)

Random Act of Kindness - Humane Society Random act of kindness team at bike trail Random Act of Kindness team 

In November of 2013, Citizens Bank Minnesota employees participated in a few Holiday Random Acts of Kindness. The acts of kindness brought such a good feeling to our employees, knowing that they were making a small difference in the lives of others, that they decided to continue doing the random acts of kindness throughout the year! Employees at our four locations have gone into hospitals and donated books, gone to daycare centers to donate supplies, dropped off treats at local nursing homes, police stations, the humane society and to servicemen and women. Employees have paid for patrons meals at restaurants, given out random car wash tokens, shoveled sidewalks, distributed cold water along a local bike trail, and much, much more! Be on the lookout for Citizens employees in bright blue t-shirts...you may be the next "victim" of an RAK! 


Minnesota Bankers Association Honors Citizens Bank Minnesota 

Minnesota Bankers Association logo

January 16, 2014 – The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized seventeen Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Citizens Bank Minnesota was one of seventeen banks honored for their community involvement. Citizens employees volunteered over 970 hours on behalf of their bank for organizations such as American Cancer Society, United Way Day of Caring, Adopt-a-Family, Junior Achievement, National Teach Children to Save Day, local school programs, churches and non-profits. Citizens is also proud of spending $317,149.38 locally this past holiday season along with performing 30 Cash Mobs with their Go Local initiative. Employees also performed 50 Random Acts of Kindness throughout their communities in one day!


Citizens Bank Minnesota hits $317,149.38 on Go Local Holiday Shopping Goal!

2013 Go Local Total raised by employees shopping local was $317,149.38

As consumers were preparing for the holiday season, Citizens Bank Minnesota was encouraging them to Go Local by shopping at their community’s small businesses. By supporting local small businesses, consumers give back to their community and make it a better place to live. Local spending helps communities thrive and grow.

Citizens challenged itself and its employees to shop locally again this holiday season to shop local first for all of their holiday needs. The bank set a $250,000 goal for itself and its 88 employees to spend locally during November and December. They blew past it by spending $317,149.38! 

Citizens re-launched its Holiday Go Local campaign in New Ulm on Friday, November 1st, 2013. Twelve holiday cash mobs were performed throughout November and December. A cash mob is a phenomenon recently seen across the country, designed to help a small business by organizing a group of people, through social media or other means, to meet at the business and spend about $20 each. The location is kept secret until the last minute, although clues are given in advance. The business is usually surprised, and the atmosphere during the cash mob is very light hearted and fun. 

Citizens will continue to encourage its employees as well as our communities to Go Local as well as continue to cash mob businesses into 2014 and beyond. Cash mobs take place at retail stores and eating establishments. Follow us on Facebook for clues to the next cash mob location. And businesses, beware! You may be next! 

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