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Barbara Howard, left, Love Inc. executive director, gives Community State Bank Assistant Vice President Rachael Crane a tour of Love Inc.’s newest facility in Burlington. Following the tour Community State Bank presented a donation to assist Love Inc. with their ongoing mission to serve the Burlington community.

UNION GROVE — Community State Bank recently contributed more than $10,000 to 10 local nonprofit organizations within Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties.

Recipients include: St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (Waterford), Love Inc. (Burlington), Transitional Living Center (Burlington), The Sharing Center (Food Pantry and Resource Center, Salem), Town of Salem Fire and Rescue, Union Grove Area Foodbank, Union Grove Yorkville Fire Department, Kansasville Fire and Rescue Association, Rochester Volunteer Fire Department and Geneva Lakes Family YMCA.

The recipients were chosen at year end and the checks were presented early in 2018 by CSB retail managers, commercial lenders and market presidents. “It’s a privilege to be able to present checks to these organizations that do so much for our community,” said Michael Ploch, CSB market president. “We’re already beginning to see these funds being put to great use within our community and it’s a great feeling to be a part of it.”

Love Inc., among many other recipients, depends on community donations to keep the organization afloat.

“It’s because of generous donations from individuals and organizations such as Community State Bank that we’ve been able to provide programs and services for over 30 years throughout the Burlington Community,” said Barbara Howard, Love Inc. executive director. “These contributions enable us to live our mission by helping local area families find the resources they need to cope with economic and emotional hardships.”

Other recipients such as Geneva Lakes Family YMCA, utilize the donations to help promote wellness and health within their community by providing discounted memberships to families in Walworth County.

“We are very thankful for the continued support of Community State Bank,” said Mike Kramp, Geneva Lakes Family YMCA CEO and executive director. “This gift will help hundreds of families and individuals in our area join the Y and participate in life-changing programs and activities.”

In addition to Community State Bank’s 2017 donations, CSB is also extending their community efforts through the renovation of their Main Office located in Union Grove. One of the ways CSB looks to accomplish that is through the addition of community rooms and a community cafe. The cafe is a project in which CSB will be collaborating with Shepherds College, a post-secondary education program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. It is set to be finished this spring and will be open to the public for the community to enjoy.

“As we reflect on 2017, I’m very pleased to see the amount of impact that our community bank is able to provide to Racine, Kenosha and Walworth Counties,” said Scott Huedepohl, Community State Bank president and CEO. “I would like to congratulate each of the recipients on a year full of success and wish them well as we begin a new year. Thank you for all that you do to help our communities become better places to live, work and do business.”

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Loreen Mohr is the community coordinator for The Journal Times.

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