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Community Involvement

Continually Focused on Building a Better Community

For more than 100 years, Farmers Bank has served the financial needs of our customers. At the same time, we’ve helped strengthen the community where we operate with financial support, in-kind donations and volunteer service.

Since its inception in November of 2019, our employees were given the option to work 1-3 hour shifts, fully-paid, volunteering in the community, day or night. Organizations, events, and initiatives our employees have supported include Spencer Hospital Foundation, People for Pets, Grand Avenue Outreach Soup Kitchen, Adopt - a - Family and many, many more. Additionally, our employees volunteer for events at Spencer Community Schools, Kiwanis, Rotary clubs, athletic and fine arts booster clubs, and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce to name a few. With our employee-driven volunteer efforts, our staff donates more than 2,000 hours of volunteer support each year.

Our employees impact many important and different community and professional organizations as volunteers, trustees, and directors. These employees provide hundreds of hours of volunteer service every year. If your organization is in need of volunteers, email us at farmersinfo@farmerstrust.bank.

At Farmers Bank, we have a responsibility to help support the success of our community we serve. We’re committed to strengthening our communities through volunteer activities, charitable investments, and need-based product and services offerings.

 

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Causes


Year after year we help support many local organizations and causes with either financial support or volunteers.

Volunteer Hours


Each year our staff serves over 2,000 hours of their time to numerous local organizations and causes.

Employee Giving Throughout the Year


As part of our commitment to the communities we serve and in recognition of the passion and commitment of our employees to improve the communities where we live and work, we offer matching gifts to support employees’ charitable interests. Our matching gifts jeans day donation doubles the impact of employee giving to a wide range of nonprofit organizations rather than any one area of focus. Each employee pays anywhere from $5.00 USD and up and the bank matches the total once per month throughout the calendar year. We empower employees to make charitable donations year-round.


Junior Achievement logoJunior Achievement was founded in 1919, and is one of the nation's largest organizations dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success. The Junior Achievement program ignites the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life.

Farmers Bank has partnered with Junior Achievement to work within the Spencer School district to bring educational units on work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to the 7th graders at no charge to the schools. "I have really, really enjoyed teaching the JA Economics for Success course.  I wasn’t sure what to expect with student engagement never having done anything like this before.  I can now confidently say the students very much enjoy the material and the class participation has been more enthusiastic than I ever expected.  I truly look forward to going to work with the 7th grade students each week.  Spencer Middle School has been the perfect partner for this course, we can't thank them enough for allowing us to provide this opportunity to their students", states Kent Gethmann, VP, Commercial Loan Officer. For many students, participation in a Junior Achievement program is their first introduction to real-world financial situations, like budgeting or managing credit.  

Why JA: Testimonial - 2 Minutes from Diane Birkeness on Vimeo.


Farmers Bank supports Junior Achievement through sponsorship and volunteering. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers go into local classrooms and teach young people about the financial realities they will one day face. 
 
The Junior Achievement program "JA Economics for Success®" provides  practical information about personal finance and the importance of identifying education and career goals based on a student's skills, interests, and values.

The lessons include:

  • Session One: Mirror, Mirror
  • Session Two: Be a Success
  • Session Three: Keeping Your Balance
  • Session Four: Savvy Shopper
  • Session Five: Keeping Score
  • Session Six: What's the Risk?

Information provided by Junior Achievement. 2019.