Journal Entry By: Jessie Tonyan
I chose to give my #Gift2Giving to the Bristol Strivers 4-H Club. 4-H is, and has been, a huge part in my life. It teaches our youth many different life skills and lets them meet people from all walks of life. They get another opportunity to meet new friends that they may have for the rest of their lives.
Journal Entry By: Marilyn Sorensen, AVP Loan Document Manager
Additional Contributing Employee(s): Sarah Povkovich, Document Imaging Specialist; Deb Lois, Document Imaging Specialist; Lisa Galvan, Document Imaging Specialist; Terri Lott, Mortgage Loan Specialist; Miguel Escobedo, Mortgage Loan Specialist; Shakil Haider, VP Mortgage Operations Manager; Carol Klimke, Special Operations Officer; Sandy Lompa, Business Banking Loan Coordinator; Shanandoor Kanter, Business Banking Loan Coordinator; Susan Bork, Loan Specialist; Jackie Kolbeck, Business Banking Loan Coordinator Supervisor
When I was given the challenge, I knew immediately where I would donate my Christmas gift from CSB. What I did not know is how many others would join me in my giving to Transitional Living Center in Burlington.
Our gift will make a difference in many lives sheltered at TLC during the holiday season. TLC is the only homeless shelter in Western Racine County. It provides families and individuals a place to call home. When clients are housed at the shelter they are given support for legal needs, drug assistance, financial planning, mental illness, domestic abuse and many other services to help them transition back to independent living.
Transitional Living Center was founded in 1993 and is a nonprofit organization and is responsible for their own funding. Homelessness is a very complex issue and happens for many reasons. It is important to continue to educate the community about the needs of the organization as well as the changing needs of the clients it serves.
It is with great joy and thanksgiving that we are able to make this donation to TLC because of the giving of CSB and its commitment to the communities we serve.
Journal Contributions By: Jayne Ojala, Retail Manager; Jeanne Vanderwerff, Universal Banker; Kelly Huston, Market President; Robert Pieroni; VP & Business Banker; Savanah Bawden, Universal Banker; Cheryl Vanderwerff, Universal Banker
Providing Support, Shelter, Education, Training and Healing...
When #Gift2Giving donation campaign came out a few of our team members at the Paddock Lake location (Jeanne Vanderwerff, Cheryl Vanderwerff, Kelly Huston, Robert Pieroni, Savanah Bawden, and myself) thought about who we wanted to give our donation to. We had many choices to choose from but one stuck out above the rest. CSB VP and Business Banker, Robert Pieroni had told us about the Women and Children’s Horizons and how they advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence/abuse. It was sad how this kind of abuse had touched each and every one of us through friends, family, or acquaintances.
The mission of Women and Children’s Horizon is to provide support, shelter, education, training, and healing services to victims of sexual and domestic abuse, their families and the community. They have a several locations between the City of Kenosha and Western Kenosha County. Our focus was to help the Western Kenosha County location because they are in our community supporting our families, friends and customers. The Women and Children’s Horizons has been around since 1976 and has helped so many women, children, and families. Thank you so much for being a part of our communities and helping so many in need. #Gift2Giving
“I was introduced to Women and Children’s Horizons in 2005, I was amazed to learn all of the programs and services the organization offers. At that time, I wanted to do more for the organization, so I joined their Finance Committee and eventually became a Board Member. It’s amazing how many lives WCH touches each and every day. As a county resident, I am thrilled to have them in Western Kenosha County serving our community. I couldn’t think of a better organization to give my gift to!” Robert Pieroni (CSB-VP/Business Banking Officer)
“I’ve known people in abusive relationships. It not only affects them but everyone close to them. It is a horrible situation no one should be in, and so I’m very happy to be donating to Women and Children’s Horizon.” Cheryl Vanderwerff (CSB-Universal Banker II)
“Domestic abuse can affect anyone. Women and Children’s Horizons is an excellent resource in our community. Therefore, I chose to donate to them.” Jeanne Vanderwerff (CSB-Universal Banker III)
“The assistance that Women and Children’s Horizons offers to individuals at their most critical times is truly incredible. This is one of many reasons I chose to donate to them.” Kelly Huston (CSB- Market President)
“I chose to join my coworkers in donating to Women and Children’s Horizons because the goal of that organization hits close to home. I’ve had both family and friends that relied on initiatives like this year after year, so being able to help fund it, even if only a tiny amount, makes me feel like I’ve given back to those I love.” Savanah Bawden (CSB-Universal Banker II)
“I had a friend that used a shelter/program like this several years ago. I noticed how this had helped her both financially and mentally. When Robert had mentioned the Women and Children’s Horizons and what they had to offer I knew I had to give my donation to them. Thank you for being a part of our community!” Jayne Ojala (CSB-Retail Manager)
(Pictured from left to right) Jeanne Vanderwerff, Universal Banker; Kelly Huston, VP & Market President; Jayne Ojala, Retail Manager; Marilyn Zupkoff, Women and Children’s Horizons Victim Advocate; Diana Newton, Women and Children’s Horizons Executive Director; Lori Hanson, Women and Children’s Horizons Marketing and Development Manager; Cheryl Vanderwerff, Universal Banker; Robert Pieroni, VP & Business Banking Officer.
Journal Entry By: Rachael Crane, CSB Ag & Business Banker
Additional Contributing Employee(s): Marion Myers, Universal Banker; Nicole Kurhajec, Retail Manager
Helping Hands in Our Community...
For this special #Gift2Giving story, CSB Assistant Vice President, Rachael Crane tells us about how her donation along with two other CSB employee donations (Marion Myers and Nicole Kurhajec) were combined to give back to the Burlington Fire Department. It’s a local organization that has given so much back to her community and her family and it’s a unique story you will not want to miss!
American Legion Bixby Hansen Post 171
Journal Entry By: Becky McClelland, Business Banker
Additional Contributing Employee(s): Katie Stolp, Retail Operations Director; Community State Bank
Land of the Free, Because of the Brave...
When the staff at CSB were told about the #Gift2Giving Campaign, I immediately knew where I wanted my donation to go. For a majority of my life, I’ve been surrounded by individuals who have dedicates so much… not just for me, but for our entire country. While I don’t understand the sacrifice many of our armed forces and veterans have endured on a personal level, I am able to understand it through the eyes of my own brother who has been serving in the US Navy for almost 16 years.
I have always looked up to him, and he makes me proud of everything he has done and continues to do. This is why I have chosen my donation to help the true heroes of America by donating to American Legion Bixby Hansen Post 171. I’ve been to many events at this local post and my favorite by far is the annual Veterans Day Luncheon. At this year’s luncheon I was honored to present my donation in front of so many local veterans who have made many sacrifices for the USA. To be surrounded by so many great people who have done so much for our country is a great honor, and I enjoyed spending time talking with them and personally thanking them for their service. I know I will never be able to fully pay back or completely express my gratitude towards those who serve, but I’m happy to make a difference where I can.
Thank you American Legion!
We're currently in the process of delivering donations to some of the wonderful organizations in the area that make our communities better places to live, work and do business. Please check back so that our team can share their inspirational stories with you. Our first round of donations will kickoff mid-November, 2018. Be sure to follow #GIFT2GIVING on all of CSB's social media platforms.
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