Citizens 5K committee members and volunteers

Community Involvement

Citizens Delivers Snack Care Packages To Local Hospitals

Citizens employees delivered totes with a variety of snacks and packages of sports drinks to the New Ulm Medical Center, Sleepy Eye Medical Center and the Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic, as a way to say "Thank You" to our essential frontline workers! We appreciate everything they do in keeping us safe every day.
2 Citizens Bank Minnesota workers helping at food drive  3 Citizens Bank Minnesota workers helping at food driveIndividuals smiling with nurse at clinic
 
 

Citizens delivers loads of snacks to 4 area organizations

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.
 
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
Community Impact Month #BanksBuildMN with pictures of bank employees in community
 

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.
 
CADA
Group holding check for CADA
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.
 
Virginia Piper
Group holding check and smiling
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.
 

Citizens donates to Turner Hall

Citizens Bank Minnesota recently donated $15,000.00 to the Turner Hall Capital Campaign. Turner Hall has a goal of raising $600,000.00 and they are halfway through their three-year campaign. Funds will be used towards their recent kitchen remodel and sewer line renovations. Turner Hall also has plans for a second phase of paving the back parking lot in the near future.
 
Group holding check and smiling for Turner Hall donation
 
Pictured: Lou Geistfeld, President of Citizens Bank Minnesota, Terry Sveine, Turner Hall Board Member, Yvonne Weber, Turner Hall Board Member, Andrea Boettger, Executive Director for Turner Hall, Sarah Sveine, Events and Marketing Coordinator for Turner Hall, David Steinberg, Turner Hall Board Member, and Mark Denn, Executive Vice President of Citizens Bank Minnesota.
 

2019 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K

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 UlmPeople in parking lot running together 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!
 
 
 

2019 Citizens Craft Retreat

Citizens Bank Minnesota recently donated $800.00 to the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery. The funds were raised through the Citizens 4 Citizens Craft Retreat Group holding check for Craft Retreat an smilingheld 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.
 

Citizens Bank Minnesota and its employees

Group dressed as elves and reindeer in front of truck filled with donation items

donate $3,000.00 worth of gifts to seven families in need.

Citizens Bank Minnesota and its employees were excited to help seven 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 area families in need. Money was donated by employees, raised through a variety of internal fundraising events throughout our four locations, and a bank match was given making it possible to donate $3,000.00 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 Delivers 107 Blankets to Six Area Organizations

September 17-21, 2018 was Minnesota Bankers Association’s Community Impact Week, in which Citizens Bank Minnesota was a proud participant. Bank employees smiling holding blanketsAcross 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 Citizens Bank Minnesota Race 2 Raise 5K May 19, 2018 logoroute 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.
Group in parking lot near starting line for race Group running race together Group mixing outside near tents at race location
 

Citizens Donates Over $900 to NUMAS Haus

Group holding check and smiling for NUMAS Haus donation
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.
 
 
 
Female student studying outside in the fall

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