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Why PWSB Celebrates The Power of Community Week

In an effort to celebrate the strong bond and relationship between local businesses, schools, families and their hometown community bank, Port Washington State Bank is recognizing the Power of Community Week April 19-24 during National Community Banking Month and National Financial Literacy and Capability Month.

“For more than a year, members and residents of our communities have been working together to ensure we navigate the uncertainties caused by the pandemic and to do our best to remain strong,” said James Schowalter, President and Chief Operating Officer.  “As part of National Community Banking Month, we will celebrate the Power of Community Week to honor the deep relationships we hold with hundreds of wonderful organizations in Ozaukee County. Members of our community know that we don’t just do business here, we live here and are proud to call this area our home."

The Purpose of The Power of Community Week

The purpose of Power of Community Week is to highlight the longstanding tradition of local hometown community banking and the relationship community banks have with the communities that are not home only to PWSB, but our families and our livelihoods. The role banks play in building strong communities, and the quality products and personal services they provide give families and businesses the support they need to succeed and enjoy their lives. 

What PWSB is Doing for The Power of Community Week

Wisconsin’s banks have always been involved in community service projects, not just during times of need. Major disruptions from the pandemic impacted communities here in the county, which continue even today for many families struggling to make ends meet. As a result, PWSB is collecting food at its eight locations in the county for the month of April to help stock the shelves at local food pantries in Port Washington and Saukville. For every pound of food donated, PWSB is donating a $1, up to $2,500. In addition, bank employees are volunteering their time to help with spring clean-up and painting at Balance, Inc’s adult family homes and with invasive species removal, planting and mulching at Riveredge Nature Center.

How Banks Help Local Communities

“When challenges arise and unforeseen circumstances occur in their hometowns, Wisconsin banks are among the first to step forward and ask what they can do to help,” said Rose Oswald Poels, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association. “From helping to ensure our healthcare heroes on the frontlines have the resources they need, to honoring our essential workers, from food drives to community clean-ups, our banks and their dedicated employees continually step up and serve.”

About the Wisconsin Bankers Association

The Wisconsin Bankers Association is the state’s largest financial industry trade association, representing nearly 235 commercial banks and savings institutions, their nearly 2,300 branch offices and 20,000 employees. More information can be found at www.wisbank.com.

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