What makes us First in the Community?
For 160 years, First National Bank Southwest has been committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and has maintained a passion for doing what is right for our customers and the communities in which we serve. We truly believe that our success as a company is measured by the success of each of our stakeholders – our customers, communities, business partners, employees and the environment. Corporate social responsibility and giving back are not only part of our Operating Philosophy; they’re embedded in our corporate DNA. We do what is right for our stakeholders, get involved whenever our communities need help and we encourage all employees to volunteer and serve their communities.
Global Village Trip
First National Bank Southwest sent 12 people – six customers and six employees – from across our seven-state footprint to Bulgaria! This is the first time customers have gone on the Global Village Trip. The 12, including eight from Nebraska, were selected after a contest we held earlier this year on our social media channels. Nebraskans on the trip include customers Cortney Christensen and Kerry Ecklebe of Omaha, and Ashley Kehler, Lincoln; and employees Zuhair Khan, Pavlin Netsov, Shane Roberts, Chad Williams and Carrie Zoucha. Participants from other states include employee Ashley Tafoya and customer Victor Dzirasa, both of Fort Collins, Colo., plus customers Diane Mora, Overland Park, Kansas, and Patricia Poorten, Sycamore, Ill.
All finalists were chosen for this Unforgettable Experience because of their volunteerism and commitment to helping provide safe, affordable housing to those in need. We hope their stories will help motivate more people to volunteer to provide stable housing for the many deserving individuals in our communities here at home. Each of us can make a difference. To see their journey that took place September 24 – October 3, 2016, visit: https://unforgettablefirsts.com/habitat/
VISION AND GOALS
At First National Bank Southwest it is our vision to have successful communities in all of the places we operate. To achieve our vision, we have identified a set of eight community focus areas to help create successful communities. Plus, over the next five years, it is our hope that the following community goals will be achieved:
- 5,000 housing units in communities across our footprint will be constructed, rehabilitated, and financed using monetary investments and grants donated to organizations who are committed to creating access to stable and affordable housing.
- 1,000 community events celebrating the arts, cultures, humanities and athletics will take place through sponsorships and donations to organizations who organize these opportunities to enrich the lives of individuals within our communities.
- 50,000 individuals will be a step closer to self-sufficiency through vocation training, employability skills training, adult basic education, and other life-skills education made possible through grants, donations, and sponsorships to community partners delivering these programs and services
- 25,000 jobs will be created or retained in communities across our footprint via targeted investments and grants to community partners who help grow small businesses through training, technical assistance, and loans.
How do we plan to achieve our vision and goals? Over the next five years (2016-2020), we will invest $85,000,000 and 100,000 volunteer hours into organizations, programs, and initiatives that are creating successful communities. To learn more about our community investments, click here.