The Minnesota Bankers Association recognized 35 Minnesota banks for their community involvement.

Banks play a vital role in their communities and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program. Center National Bank Litchfield/Plymouth is one of 35 Community Champions that worked with hundreds of organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies or food for their neighbors.

Recipients of the recognition range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches. Center Bank specifically donated $35,490 to local organizations and businesses including Litchfield Watercade and Wintercade, U of M Goal Line Club, Litchfield Youth Baseball, Litchfield Theatre; Hospice; American Cancer Society, Litchfield Theatre, United Community Action Partnership, Music in Plymouth, Wayzata Youth Baseball, Litchfield Splash Pad, Litchfield Fire Department, three chambers, two Rotary clubs, local schools, churches and numerous non-profits.

In addition, 31 of 37 employees volunteered 2,169 hours at variety of volunteer events or programs equating to 271 work days. Some of the events were Food for Kidz, painting and stocking shelves at the Meeker County Food Shelf and volunteering for the Dragon Dining program.

Some organizations included: Litchfield Kiwanis Club, Litchfield Lions Club, Litchfield Community Education Advisory Board, Litchfield Industries, Litchfield Economic Development, Litchfield Planning Commission, American Bankers Association, Litchfield Area Community Foundation and three Chamber of Commerce boards, along with providing unpaid guardianship and conservatorship services and assisting numerous local nonprofits and church activities.

MBA President and CEO Joe Witt said this recognition highlights Minnesota banks extraordinary level of commitment to the communities they serve.

“In addition to providing the capital that helps families and local businesses thrive, the banking industry’s record of supporting local programs is second to none,” he said. “The MBSA is please to recognize these 35 banks for their commitment to making a real difference in their local communities.”

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