The holidays are a special time for all of us. At Firstbank, we think it’s the perfect time to share the blessings of the season with our friends, neighbors and communities. From Santa visiting with the little ones, passing out cookies to our customers, collecting donations for local food pantries and our Adopt a Family fundraisers, we know how important it is to maintain strong community ties and we are proud to be a part of that.
Each year Mid-Michigan Industries selects one local business as "Employer of the Year" to pay tribute to a business that provides opportunities to individuals with disabilities. This year that honor went to Firstbank. We recognize the value and importance of providing opportunities to those among us with disabilities. It is the uniquely diverse skills and talents that make our community special. We are humbled by this honor and appreciate the opportunity to be part of such a worthy organization.
Several members of our Firstbank family came out for the “Bowl for Kid’s Sake” Bowling Event sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Optimist Club which was held November 2nd at Chippewa Lanes. The annual event raised approximately $10,000.00 all of which goes right back into the community for great things such as: Youth Garden, United Way, Business Professionals of America, Flat Mountain Mechanics, Girls on the Run, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Toys for Tots, Woodland Hospice, Christmas Outreach, Nutrition PRGM, Boy Scout Troop 604, Chippewa River District Library, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Homebuilders Scholarship Fund. Thanks so much to those of you who helped out with this great event and we hope you all had a good time while doing so much good for our community.
Come help Firstbank provide school supplies for our local teachers and students! We’ve teamed up with United Way of Isabella County to support their “Stuff the Bus” campaign. Stop by any of the 4 Mt. Pleasant Firstbank locations to drop off your donation through August 16th and everything that is collected will go directly to Isabella County schools to help elementary students achieve their potential this school year!
The 2013 Isabella County Youth and Farm Fair took place July 21st-27th. Each year the fair draws hundreds to participate in the various events, from the tractor pulls, demolition derby to the carnival rides and games and of course the 4H animal barns. Firstbank is a proud supporter of the fair and this year was no exception. Pictured here are branch manager Tracey Sallee and Customer Service Representative Katie Schehr as they attended the small animal auction and purchased 4 animals. Their purchases included 2 rabbits, a chicken and a Grand Champion dairy goat. The money that is given for these animals goes directly to 4H and those young people who’ve raised and cared for these animals. Organizations such as 4H helps to teach not only the importance of caring for animals but also the value of earning and saving money for the future. Firstbank is proud to support those efforts and applauds all those involved in the 4H organization.
A big thanks to the Riley Family grandchildren for sharing a recent photo taken over the holidays of the whole gang wearing the Fortune Freddy t-shirts that they received when they opened their Kidsbank Saving Accounts. Looking good kids! Thanks again for sharing this picture!
At Firstbank we are always looking for ways to help and support our locat communites, and our Canadian Lakes branch is doing just that by collecting new and handmade hats, and mittens to help local children in need. Stop by our office anytime at 10049 Buchanan Rd in Canadian Lakes until February 15th to drop off your donated items in our lobby! There’s never been a better time to help out children in need this winter season!
Congratulations to our Firstbank Clare branch for being voted #1 bank in Clare by the readers of the Clare County Review! We are so happy to be a part of the Clare community and appreciate the trust and support that our customers have shown. Thank you to all who voted for us, we are truly honored by this award.
On December 21st Santa was able to take a few minutes out of his very busy schedule to stop by our Lakeview office and visit with kids, adults and even our very own Fortune Freddy! About 20 lucky children were able to talk with Santa, enjoy refreshments and take home a goody bag to commemorate the day. Thanks for stopping by Santa, we hope you can come and visit again next year!
Running is a passion for many of our Firstbank staff! Pictured here are members from our West M20 team; Ryan Speelman, Amy Ervin and Nick Krueger who participated in the 5K Run held during the annual Dickens Christmas Festival in downtown Mt. Pleasant on November 30 and December 1. Proceeds from the run benefit the local downtown area as well as the Striders Running Club. Dickens Christmas Festival is a tradition in Mt. Pleasant and features carolers, a lighted Christmas parade, and of course an opportunity for the little ones to see Santa and his reindeer!