First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Family Sharing of Ozaukee County. FBFC has two branch locations in Ozaukee County: one in Mequon and one in Grafton.

Family Sharing provides food, at no charge, to people in need in Ozaukee County. All donations of food are distributed directly to those who need it. The organization also runs an 11,000 square foot resale shop full of clothes for women, men, kids (infant through teen), shoes, accessories, furniture, sporting equipment, kitchen wares, craft supplies, and holiday decorations. The store is run entirely by volunteers and ensures that they have a variety of price points and quality brand names.

The partnership kicked off on October 1st with an appearance on The Morning Blend on WTMJ-TV. As part of the bank’s year-long “The Blend Gives Back” initiative, FBFC hosted Family Sharing in studio and presented them with a check for $1,000. The segment can now be viewed in its entirety on FBFC’s YouTube channel.

“It’s been our pleasure to recognize wonderful non-profit organizations throughout our 160th anniversary year,” said Becky Miller, FBFC Marketing Manager. “Showcasing Family Sharing on The Morning Blend is one way we can help promote their mission to a wide audience.”

To further build awareness for Family Sharing, FBFC will be hosting the organization on their weekly radio show, “That’s So Money”, on November 3rd. The hour-long program airs on WISN-AM 1130 each Sunday morning and the bank discusses financial literacy topics and promotes the great work being done by local non-profit organizations.

“One of our challenges is making sure people know we’re here and ready to help,” said Julie Hoover, Executive Director of Family Sharing. “We like to think of ourselves as friendly neighbors who lend a helping hand when people most need it. We’re grateful that FBFC is helping us tell our story.”

According to Hoover, one of the organization’s other challenges is extending their reach into Mequon. To that end, FBFC and Family Sharing will be partnering on a drive to collect soup, crackers, and facial tissue prior to Thanksgiving. On November 16th and 23rd, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm each day, items will be collected at FBFC’s Mequon branch, located at 11715 N. Port Washington Road.

FBFC Mequon branch manager Kris Barger is excited about the partnership. “Our mission at the bank is to Make Lives Better,” she said. “We’re pleased to open our doors and help Family Sharing collect items that are so in need during the cold Wisconsin winter.”

To learn more about Family Sharing, visit their website at www.familysharingozaukee.org. If you are in need of assistance, visit their food pantry at 1002 Overland Court in Grafton.

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