March 1, 2019
At Starion Bank, giving back to the community has always been a core value. In 2019, the bank is celebrating 50 years of Larson family ownership and, as part of the anniversary, the bank is donating $500 to the charity of choice for each employee. To date, 54 donations have been given.
This is part of the anniversary theme Year of Giving and Caring. In addition to the donations, every employee gets two days of volunteer time off (VTO).
“My father and Starion Bank founder Frank Larson has always said, ‘When you go into a town, if the town is doing well you’ll find a community bank behind that town supporting it,’” said Craig Larson, Starion Bank CEO and chairman of the board. “For the past 50 years we have always done what we can to support our communities both financially and with our time. The Year of Giving and Caring honors our employees’ hard work and commitment to their communities by volunteering and donating to organizations that are important to them.”
The organizations that have been selected for donations are often deeply personal and many organizations also are recipients of Starion employees’ time. One employee has become an avid volunteer at a soup kitchen.
“I am so grateful that Starion gives back to the community in so many ways,” said Starion employee Angela Schock. “I love to see the community come together to serve, and I love that I can volunteer there with my kids to show them the importance of giving back and helping others in need.”
“Starion has always allowed employees to volunteer during business hours, but the VTO takes that a step further,” adds Larson. “Many of these organizations need volunteers as much as they need money. We hope that these efforts can help to raise the visibility of these worthy organizations.”