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Cyclones Debit Fan Card

Visa® Cyclone Fan Card Promotion Raises $3,700 for Stem Program.

On September 1, 2017, SCSB unveiled the Cyclone Fan Card, a free bank debit card that featured the Harlan Community Cyclones logo. For every card that was ordered during the two month introductory period, the bank made a $10 donation toward the Harlan Community School District’s STEM program.

With the support of SCSB customers who ordered the fan cards, the bank was able to present a check toward the school’s STEM program for $3,700. Shelby County State Bank is proud to have partnered with Harlan Community Schools, and extends appreciation to everyone who ordered Fan Cards in support of the Cyclones.

holiday tree made of food cans

"Can Tree For The Pantry" ~ A Creative Way to Give Back During the Holidays.

For the fourth year in a row, Shelby County State Bank has created unique, holiday trees for the Christmas season. Each SCSB location proudly displayed its own “can tree”, Christmas trees made out of non-perishable food. All food and paper items used in the construction of the can trees were donated to local food panties to benefit families in need.

By making “can trees”, the bank continued its tradition of food donations, but is also adding a creative new element involving both the employees and customers. Last year, nearly 1200 pounds of food used in the construction of the trees was donated locally to the Elk Horn Food Pantry, the Shelby Community Club, and to West Central Community Action in Harlan.



employees dressed casually

Employees use “Casual for a Cause” Days to Donate Thousands of Dollars Locally.

Pulling on a pair of jeans is one way that employees of Shelby County State Bank raise money for various charities and fundraisers. The idea called, “Casual for a Cause” allows employees to wear jeans to work on Fridays in exchange for a $5 donation toward various local causes. The recipients of those funds included 20 individuals as well as 22 local organizations. In 2018, SCSB employees raised a total of $6,714 for various causes.

employees around a tree with gifts

SCSB Staff Raises Money For Adopt-A-Family Program.

Many people are in need during the year, but especially around the holidays. This past year the employees of SCSB raised $810 and adopted seven local families through the West Central Community Action’s annual Adopt-a-Family program

Shelby County Fair

Did you see SCSB at the Shelby County Fair?

Once again, Shelby County State Bank proudly participated in the annual Shelby County Fair Parade, clerked the 4-H livestock auction, sponsored Apple Pie Morning and worked in the Shelby County Community Outreach food stand at the Shelby County Fair.

In addition, SCSB also donated $3,000 toward construction of the new SC Fair show ring with SCSB employees also donating $220 of their own funds for the show ring as well.

Apple Pie Morning

Apple Pie Morning is the annual apple pie baking contest held during the Shelby County Fair and sponsored by Shelby County State Bank.

Each year apple pies of all varieties are entered in a contest to win various esteemed titles including “Most Like Mom’s," “Best Aroma” and “Prettiest Pie." Celebrity judges are brought in, and when all the judging is done, pies and ice cream are served to senior citizens while they enjoy vocal entertainment.

Each year around 200 people attend this event and the SC Fair Board is on hand to top off the pie with a scoop of free ice cream. Over the years, nearly 7,000 helpings of pie and ice cream have been served at this annual event!

Pie entries are welcome from people of any age. So, come to the SC Fair for Apple Pie Morning and experience this sweet tradition!

teacher standing and students sitting on floor in a classroom

Local Second Graders receive money saving lessons on “Teach Children to Save Day.”

Employees of Shelby County State Bank give a savings lesson to approximately 175 second grade students from Harlan Community Elementary, Shelby County Catholic, AHSTW and Exira EHK Elementary Schools as part of National Teach Children to Save Day every April.

Teach Children to Save Day is a financial education program sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. Shelby County State Bank’s presentations included games and activities about the concept of saving, how interest makes money grow and determining needs and wants.

The purpose of Teach Children to Save Day is for bankers across the nation to visit children in the classroom about responsible money management and as they develop their financial “life skills”.

Food bank volunteer group behind boxes of cans

Employees donate food and time to combat hunger in Shelby County.

The employees of SCSB regularly partner with local food pantries and organizations such as Food Bank for the Heartland to provide food to individuals who would otherwise not receive a balanced meal.

Each fall, SCSB employees deliver Meals on Wheels directly to the homes of local residents in order to provide not only a warm meal and to also serve as an informal check on the resident’s safety. In the spring, SCSB employees support those in need of both meals and fellowship by volunteering at the Iowa Community Kitchen.