Why Serving Our Community is So Important

Bill EickhoffPlaza Park Community

At the root of who we are as a business is dedication and commitment to community. As an independent community bank, we have a unique opportunity that the national players don’t have: the ability and responsibility to serve our community with our time, talents and resources.

Here’s a little bit more about why community involvement is a part of who we are:

Our Roots
Plaza Park Bank opened in the early 1900’s as First State Bank of Rockville. During the Great Depression, it was an especially volatile time for individuals and businesses. As the market crashed and financial institutions floundered, our leadership team took it upon themselves to ensure our community and clients knew their money was safe and secure. It was this community-based foundation that Plaza Park Bank was built on.

Through four generations of ownership we’ve grown, moved, re-branded and opened new locations. Community has remained, and will remain, a cornerstone of who we are.

Community Involvement
When we ask our clients what makes Plaza Park different, they often mention our commitment to the communities we serve.

Our staff from our bank president, to our leadership team, to our drive-up tellers live in the St. Cloud area. Our kids go to the local schools; we shop at the local businesses. We have a genuine desire to help local businesses grow and succeed.

We see it as both an honor and a responsibility to serve our community.

One of the ways we have been intentional about serving is through our Community Impact Program. This program is dedicated to supporting and funding organizations that will improve the quality of life and development of youth in our community.

A majority of our community support funds are directed toward local non-profit organizations promoting and improving Youth Development in Waite Park, Sartell, St. Cloud and surrounding communities.

We also host and take part in many activities throughout the year like United Way Campaign, brat grilling fundraiser for HomeFront Resource Center and blanket making for Anna Marie’s Alliance, to name a few.

Employee Participation

Our involvement at the corporate level plays a big role in who we are, but we’re also intentional about hiring team members who have a spirit of service and community ownership.

Jim Schleper, who has been a part of our Commercial Lending team for over 35 years, has served on school boards, hockey association boards, amateur baseball fundraising committees and in many other public service capacities throughout the years. As a husband, father and businessman, Jim sees that without involvement in our community, we’d risk losing some really great aspects of our “small town” feel.

We are lucky to have dozens of team members just like Jim that make time to serve the communities, schools and churches where they live and work.

As locally owned and operated businesses, we are all key contributors to our community and its survival. As we each recognize this through our giving, efforts and support, we’ll help each other grow and succeed. How is your business contributing to our community?

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