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Reviewing: Random Acts of Kindness 2018

May 1, 2018

Throughout the month of April, Bank Five Nine employees celebrated Community Banking Month and Power of Community Week by “paying it forward” to local citizens and organizations in the communities we serve! From donating time and supplies to local animal shelters, surprising customers with free lunch, filling community members gas tanks, buying coffee for patrons of a community coffee shop, providing meals to local fire and police departments, to delivering flowers and small surprises to hospital patients and staff, Bank Five Nine had a lot of fun demonstrating the commitment we have to our communities through many random acts of kindness! If you have a moment, we would encourage you to scroll through the photos and read some of the fun things Bank Five Nine did (maybe even get a few ideas yourself to do a random act of kindness!)

To see all of the photos from this year’s Random Act of Kindness, visit our Facebook Album here!

Branch: Brookfield East

  • Delivered breakfast to Dixon Elementary School and headed to Piggly Wiggly to help out people in the community with their grocery shopping by handing out $10 gift cards.
  • Volunteered at the Elmbrook Humane Society and bringing treats and other various needs for the shelter.
  • Bought flowers from a small local flower shop (Barb and Dick’s Wildflower Shop) and bringing them to residents within the Congregational Assistance Living Center.
  • Brought fruit baskets and/or other snacks to both Bruk Enterprises & Burleigh Road Animal Shelter.

Branch: Brookfield West

  • Headed to the Movie Theatre to pay for movie tickets for customers and subs for customers at the local Subway.
  • Headed to Mitchell Dog Park and Loaf & Jug to hand out gift cards to the Dog Walkers and customers.

Branch: Grafton

  • Headed to Circle B Bowling and bought pizza for bowlers.
  • Headed to Big Brothers Big Sisters, dropping off caramel apples to the staff.
  • Headed to Subway in Grafton giving out $5 gift cards to Subway customers.
  • Handed out $10 bills for free car washes at the Citco Gas Station in Grafton.
  • Purchased and delivered much needed supplies to the Humane Society.
  • Delivered $15 Meijer gift certificates to Family Sharing to supplement the grocery needs of Family Sharing clients.

Branch: Glendale

  • Provided Dog Treats (organic and all natural – from our customer Fresh is Best)  to Dr. Noah’s Vet Clinic
  • Provided breakfast to the teachers and staff of Dominican High School
  • Provided popcorn and snacks to both the the Whitefish Bay Police Department and the Glendale Police Department. Popcorn was from “What’s Poppin”.

Branch: Germantown

  • Headed to their local senior center to deliver a Keurig and a variety of k cups that they have been wanting.
  • Visited the Washington Country Humane Society and donated puppy and kitten food and much needed bags of cat litter.
  • Visited The Jackson Boys and Girls Club and donated some much needed sports equipment and new Wii remotes and a Playstation consol.
  • Headed to the Kwik Trip in Germantown to pass out $5.00 gas cards to lucky customers.

Branch: Hartford

  • Stopped in at the Hartford Fire and Rescue Department with pizza, breadsticks and soda to treat the amazing men and women that serve the community.
  • Handed out $5 gift cards and Bank Five Nine reusable bags at Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly.
  • Walked dogs at the Washington County Humane Society.

Branch: Hartland

  • Headed to the Hartland Police Department to deliver a lunch of Cousins Subs to the staff
  • Headed to the local coffee shop, Great Coffee Place, to give customers $5 towards their purchase.
  • Purchased items off the wish list for “Movers for Moms” to donate and are being a drop off site for the event.
  • Headed to the Hartland Terrace Assisted Living to hand out flowers and a fruit basket to employees and residents.

Branch: Menomonee Falls

  • Handed out gift cards to customers at Subway and the local movie theatre.
  • Handing out Just Kilm Time and Point Burger Bar gift cards.
  • Delivered breakfast for the police and fire department.
  • Donated books to a local parish.
  • Donated $75 worth of flowers to the nursing home.

Branch: Mequon

  • The entire Mequon branch handed out bunches of flowers to local businesses including a hair salon, a nail salon, a veterinary clinic, a waiting room at doctor’s office, and an investment firm.
  • Handed out money to people seeing movies at Marcus Theaters.
  • Donated gift baskets to the Mequon police and fire department.
  • Donated gift baskets to the Village of Thiensville police and fire department employees.

Branch: Oconomowoc Main

  • Donated hygiene products and other needed items to the Women’s Center.
  • Provided a Starbucks treat to the employees and to the patients at Azura Memory Care.
  • Handed out $10.00 gift cards to customers as they are shopping at Books & Company.
  • Volunteered and serve a meal at the Oconomowoc Senior Center.

Branch: Oconomowoc – Brown Street

  • Put together volunteer snack baskets and little treat bags along with a $5 Subway Gift Card for adults going to the Food Pantry.
  • Headed to the Wildlife In Need Center with a basket of Wish List Supplies and a basket of treats for their staff.
  • Headed to the Town of Oconomowoc Police Department and the Stone Bank Fire Department with assorted stuff animals for them to distribute to kids/seniors in crisis situations while taking the policeman and staff some breakfast to enjoy!

Branch: Oconomowoc – Summit

  • Bank Five Nine’s Summit branch headed to a local Chocolate Factory and the Whitman Park Shopping Center to hand out $5 gift cards to customers.
  • Purchased items off Tricia’s Troops wish list to donate.

Branch: West Bend

  • Headed over to the West Bend movie theater on Tuesday April 10th for their $5 Movie Deal day. Employees paid the movie admission for 25 people who came to enjoy an afternoon movie. Everyone was very appreciative of the gesture and thanked us for being so kind. One of the people even gave an employee a hug saying “thank you so much!” 
  • Donated supplies to Family Promise of Washington County. Family Promise provides children and their families, as well as single women, basic needs and assists them as they seek permanent housing. They were very pleased with the donations and let us know they would be put to good use.
  • Employees headed over to Regner Park to hand out $5 Stein’s Gift cards to volunteers that were helping to pack and deliver over 500 trees for Arbor Day Celebrations at the Regner Park Pavilion in West Bend. The volunteers were all grateful.
  • Headed over to the near Starbucks to buy some lucky customers their coffee.

Oconomowoc – Corporate Departments

  • Bank Five Nine’s Marketing Department headed to Nature Hill Elementary School to take part in a random act of kindness event by delivering juice, donuts, and several hundred dollars in gift cards to a deserving 7th grade classroom and a very thoughtful student.
    • In December of 2017, Bank Five Nine was introduced to a little boy named Maverick Weimer during their Holi-days of Giving Program. Maverick Weimer suffers from Leukodystrophy, a degenerative brain disease. The Wiemer family’s holiday wish was for funds to help them purchase a wheelchair ramp for the family’s van and to help get the word out about the disease itself. Bank Five Nine was honored to present this family with a check to help with their expenses and help voice their story through video. Maverick’s story spread throughout the community and when a local classroom at Nature Hill Intermediate School heard it, they raised several hundred dollars for the Weimar family by holding a fundraiser. Bank Five Nine was so moved when hearing about what these kids had done for the Weimer family that the bank wanted to recognize them for their kindness and let them know that their generosity was appreciated. Bank Five Nine provided the Nature Hill Intermediate School 7th grade classroom with a $500 Amazon gift card for books as well as a snack of donuts and juice. Down the hall, student Camille learned of Maverick’s story and donated $50 to the family to help with local medical bills. Camille had been given the money by her grandmother to buy a new pair of shoes. Bank Five Nine wanted to reward her for her noteworthy kindness, so Bank Five Nine provided her with a $100 gift card during their visit to the school. The bank hopes she finds a pair of shoes she loves with her gift card.
    • Bank Five Nine’s Corporate second floor designated our allotted RAoK money, time and energy to those who protect our community and to those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy at ProHealth Care’s Cancer Center in Oconomowoc. Oconomowoc and its surrounding communities are extremely safe places to live, very much due to our outstanding police and fire departments.  As a show of appreciation for these individuals and the hard work and danger they face on a daily basis, the second floor bought lunch for both the City of Oconomowoc Police Department and the Station One Fire Department lunch.
  • A number of our own members of the Bank Five Nine family battled cancer last year; therefore, while brainstorming ways in which we could give back to the community, we immediately thought about the cancer patients at the Cancer Center and the suffering they go through on a daily basis.  In hopes of spreading a little cheer, they went out and bought items for care packages for the patients.  The care packages contained healthy snack and drink items like granola bars and flavored sparkling water, health products like aloe and lip balm, and other items for facilitating a healthy mind (e.g., Sudoku, crossword puzzles, etc.).  A group of Bank Five Nine employees delivered the care packages in person at the Cancer Center to patients in the waiting room and to nurses and staff at the front desk. 
  • Bank Five Nine’s Corporate third floor took the time to collect puzzles and come up with several ideas to touch the community in many wants.Employees collected puzzles and headed over to the local library to deliver them for the community to use.
  • A few close to those on the third floor, battled Alzheimers within this past year, and having this be cause be close to heart, a group went to the  Azura Memory Center and provided activities that are specifically geared towards individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • A group of employees headed over to the dog park and surprised dog owners with treat bags and a $5.00 gift card to Petco.
  • Employees headed out into the community to hand out random gift cards for Jimmy Johns, Qdoba and Mod Pizza. 
  •  The third floor reached out to all of corporate to collect donations for Tricia’s Troops. We helped create bags for cancer patients of items they might need-blanket, mints, puzzle books etc. 

    To see all of the photos from this year’s Random Act of Kindness, visit our Facebook Album here!

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