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12/16/2017 Email this articlePrint this article 
Programs see benefits from bank's giving
First Central employees spread funds to people, agencies through area
School band uniforms and a community shoe drive are among the projects in DeWitt to benefit from the Pay It Ohnward campaign and Grilling for Charity initiatives of First Central State Bank.

The fundraisers are designed to give individuals within the banking organization the opportunity to use their time, talent and influence to generate change, according to a news release.

"Pay It Ohnward" is a pay-it-forward program in which the company fronts money for employees to use wherever they see the most need. Ohnward granted each employee $100 to share. 

First Central State Bank employees chose a community shoe drive, "Kicks for Kids," along with the Central DeWitt Music Booster uniforms fundraiser for much of their Pay it Ohnward dollars.

In addition, the Bridgeview PTA, Central DeWitt Intermediate Sensory Room, Iowa Donor Network, King's Harvest Pet Rescue, National T.T.T. Society, and many individuals struggling with health issues received gifts from First Central employees.

In the four years of the program, 2014 through 2017, Pay It Ohnward gifts have totaled more than $85,935, directly affecting more than 200 families, individuals, and organizations each year.

Brigham L. Tubbs, president and CEO of First Central, said the program had a domino effect.

"One good deed oftentimes turns into something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness sparks a change and a difference in our communities and within ourselves," he said in the news release. "Our commitment to the community is integral to our mission. ... We hope these stories will inspire others to act when they see an opportunity."

Bank partners also host Grilling for Charity events during the summer. Ohnward provides all of the food and volunteers and a nonprofit group is chosen for each event. The selected group then benefits from the activity.

Donations from individuals and area businesses can range from $2 to $1,000. Grilling for Charity events in 2017 brought the Grilling for Charity total for the past five years to $183,005.

People and programs in other Ohnward communities also benefit from the program, including Northeast athletics in Goose Lake and several agencies in Baldwin, Cascade, Clinton, Maquoketa, Monticello, Preston and Van Buren.

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