Pay It Forward: 2014
In 2014, Bell State Bank & Trust and Bell Mortgage employees again had the opportunity to Pay It Forward by giving back to the communities we serve. Each year since 2008, every full-time employee has received $1,000 and every part-time employee $500 to Pay It Forward as they see fit to those in need. In what has become a year-round tradition, our employees carefully consider their Pay It Forward gifts.
We also continued the Pay It Forward: Community Connect component in 2014, doubling the life-changing impact of paying it forward. Through the Community Connect program, each employee selects a customer, vendor or community member who themselves have the chance to Pay It Forward to an individual, family or organization in need.
Pay It Forward has become a tradition, and one of our company’s greatest blessings each year. Paying it forward allows us to give back – and it touches us, the givers, in unexpected ways. Our Pay It Forward gifts now total more than $6 million that has been given to people in need and causes we care about.
On this website, you will find just a few of the many stories of giving from the past year. These are stories of employees helping people get on their feet … bringing hope to people in dark times … and funding organizations that shelter animals, feed hungry families, provide emotional support, and even help villages halfway around the world. They’re stories of family members running together for a cause, employees honoring a former co-worker in need, and people who become caring friends to others.
During this season of giving, we want to thank you – our loyal customers, partner vendors, community members and friends. You are the reason for our growth and success, and that is what allows us to give back to our communities in special ways. From all of us at Bell State Bank & Trust, Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
Michael Solberg, President
Bell State Bank & Trust