Employees use "Casual for a Cause" Days to Donate Thousands Locally

Since 2011, Shelby County State Bank employees have participated in a program called, “Casual for a Cause”. Through this program, SCSB employees have raised thousands of dollars for local charities and individuals by wearing jeans to work on Fridays in exchange for a $5 donation.

In 2012, SCSB employees raised $8208. The recipients of those funds this past year included:

Grace Baptist Church - Joy Brace Benefit Fund
American Heart Association
American Cancer Society
Relay For Life
Shelby County Community Outreach
Portsmouth Fire Department
Westphalia Fire Department
Elk Horn Fire Department
Panama Fire Department
Irwin Fire Department
Shelby Fire Department
Harlan Fire Department
Earling Fire Department
Red Cross - Disaster Relief - Thurman, IA
Kirkman Fire Department
Defiance Fire Department
Mikayla Gross Benefit Fund
Books For Charley
West Central Community Action
Michelle Cooper Benefit
Alzheimer's Association
West Central Community Action
Meighan (McCarthy) Johansen
Steve Nichols Benefit
Brayden Shumate
Shelby County Community Chest
Seth Kotouc
American Red Cross - Hurricane Sandy Relief
Billy Huckins - Fire Victim
Owen Heinen


Local Second Graders Receive Money Saving Lessons on Teach Children to Save Day

Employees of Shelby County State Bank gave a savings lesson to approximately 175 second grade students from Harlan Community Elementary, Shelby County Catholic and AHST Elementary Schools as part of National Teach Children to Save Day on April 24.

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”.


Shelby County State Bank uses Latest Technology to Teach Students Financial Literacy

Shelby County State Bank is pleased to announce it is sponsoring the leading education technology platform, EverFi, at Harlan Community High School. The bank is sponsoring this platform in an effort to help students achieve financial literacy before they leave high school.

EverFi teaches, assess and certifies students in hundreds of topics including savings and budgeting, understanding credit scores, credit cards and managing debt, tax and insurance, investing, consumer fraud and protection and managing loans to finance higher education. The course allows students to use the latest technology, including rich media, high-definition video, animation and avatars to interact and have fun with complex topics normally reserved for adults.

“We believe in providing our youth with important and relevant knowledge that will prepare them for adulthood, regardless of which path they choose in life,” said Shelby County State Bank President, Kevin Campbell. “EverFi is a tool that enhances the learning process and increases financial awareness by providing an interactive experience.”

Shelby County State Bank has made a three-year commitment to this initiative which is dedicated to promoting financial literacy in the community.


SCSB Customers and Staff Provide Gifts to the Shelby County Outreach Center at Christmas

Thanks to the customers of Shelby County State Bank, the Shelby County Outreach Center received an extra gift this year.

Customers of SCSB were presented with an oversized greeting card at the Downtown Harlan Office's Thanksgiving Open House on November 18. For each customer who signed the card, SCSB pledged to donate $1 to the Shelby County Outreach Center's food pantry. Smaller versions of the card were also available for customers to sign in the bank's other six locations.

A total of 683 signatures were gathered which resulted in a gift of $683. That money was presented to Dena Matthews of the Outreach Center from Denise Reinig and Stef Kramer of SCSB.

In addition, the Elk Horn Food Pantry received a $77 donation from SCSB. That money was generated by customer signatures on the greeting card located in Elk Horn.

Another annual staff tradition at SCSB involves donating both money and presents toward adopting a low-income family at Christmastime through the Shelby County Outreach Center. Pictured with some of the gifts for the adopted family are SCSB employees Russ Heine, Connie Lehan, Jeanne Weddum and Debbie Davis of the Shelby County Investment Center.


Care Packages Sent to Marines from SCSB Staff

Items for care packages were recently collected and sent to Nick Dumke, the grandson of Harlan residents Ron and Pat Mosher. Nick and his fellow Marines were recently stationed in Afghanistan.

Pat says, "A BIG thank-you to everyone for the care packages being sent to our grandson. It is greatly appreciated and I know Nick and his friends will enjoy and be able to use everything they will be receiving since he is living in a mud hut. Thanks for thinking of him, for your friendship and your support during this time, it means a lot to us."

Funds for the care packages were raised among the SCSB staff during a 'jean day' fundraiser. Pictured with Pat Mosher are SCSB employees Charlene Lefeber and Jane Erickson.


SCSB is Top Corporate Sponsor for Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk

For the third year in a row, SCSB was the top corporate sponsor of the Alzheimer's Memory Walk for Shelby and Harrison Counties in Iowa. Accepting the award at the annual banquet in Council Bluffs are SCSB's team members Charlene Lefeber and Beverly Schmitz.


Did you see SCSB at the Shelby County Fair?

Saturday, July 16 was Shelby County State Bank's day at the Shelby County Fair.

The bank hosted a booth and prize wheel and for the kids there were balloons, tattoos and a coloring contest. The Junior Savers Club mascot, Stasher, also made an appearance posing for pictures with the kids that morning.

Eleven SCSB employees also volunteered their time on Saturday by working in the Shelby County Community Outreach's food booth. From the Fair Parade to the Baby Contest to the Livestock Auction, SCSB proudly took part in many SC Fair activities this year. And, we look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Shelby County Fair!