First Interstate Bank Hosts Companywide Volunteer Day; Employees Assist with more than 315 Service Projects

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Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 11:56 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyoming—First Interstate Bank, a $16.4 billion community bank with more than 150 branches across six states, is hosting its third annual Volunteer Day on Wednesday, Sept. 9. As part of this philanthropic effort, all First Interstate locations will close at noon on Sept. 9, giving employees paid time to volunteer in their communities.

Over 2,100 First Interstate volunteers from across the Company will support approximately 270 separate nonprofit organizations through more than 315 service projects. Recognizing the unique challenges to hosting this year’s Volunteer Day event, employees may volunteer onsite at organizations where it is safe to do so at a social distance. Additional options allow employees to volunteer remotely—from their home, from the Bank, or virtually by hosting webinars/financial education seminars.

Service projects include—but are not limited to—financial literacy trainings, building hygiene kits, preparing food boxes for home deliveries, weeding and harvesting gardens, chopping firewood, and sewing face masks.

“We here at the Food Bank look forward to this time every year,” said Ashley Nickolai with Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. “I am excited to host the First Interstate volunteer crew again this year. Cheers to Hunger Heroes!”

Locally, First Interstate employees in Casper will participate in 10 service projects, supporting organizations including Central WY Hospice (landscaping in the gardens in front of the Kloefkorn Hospice Home), Seton House (hosting a professional development workshop), and WY Food for Thought (creating Friday Food Bags, including 2 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack items), among others.

Employees selected their own service projects to ensure they cater to the specific needs of their communities and were encouraged to support nonprofit organizations working to eliminate poverty. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, projects focused on financial education and helping those affected by job loss were encouraged.

“Giving back to the places we call home is what makes us who we are,” said First Interstate President and CEO, Kevin Riley. “Yes, we’re a full-service community bank, but more importantly, we’re a trusted community partner and neighbor. We are honored to celebrate the power of community with you on Volunteer Day—and every day.”

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