Wolf River Community Bank celebrated their 25th anniversary in business on October 16. In honor of the milestone, the bank donated to 25 local organizations that continually support the communities that helped to build and grow this community bank.
A total of $25,000 was awarded in denominations of $1,000 each to local nonprofits and service organizations with missions supporting community aid, education, environmental preservation, and health services:
- Dale Fire & Rescue
- Ellington Fire & EMS
- Friends of Mosquito Hill
- Greenville AMVETS Post 30
- Greenville Civic Club
- Greenville Fire & EMS
- Greenville Lioness Club
- Greenville Lions Club
- Hortonville American Legion Post 55
- Hortonville Commercial Club
- Hortonville Lions Club
- Hortonville-Hortonia Fire Department
- Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
- Mission of Hope House
- NAMI Fox Valley (Veterans Mental Health)
- New London American Legion Post 537
- New London Fire Department
- New London Lions Club
- Outagamie County 4-H
- Rawhide Youth Services
- Shadows on the Wolf
- Shiocton American Legion Post 512
- Shiocton Lions Club
- Shiocton-Bovina Fire Department
- Wolf River Art League
Some of the organizations noted the Wolf River Community Bank donation will be supporting projects such as life-saving equipment and vehicles to support rescue teams, housing assistance for those in need during the pandemic, veterans’ mental health, personal growth experiences for at-risk youth, financial literacy education materials for school-age children, and conservation of the land in their communities, among others.
“Wow, 25 years,” says Joe Peikert, President/CEO of Wolf River Community Bank. “We’re so proud of this accomplishment. We often marvel at the incredible transformation not only Wolf River Community Bank has made in that time, but the banking industry as a whole. In 1996, people weren’t using Apple Pay or mobile deposit. Lines in the bank were longer, things were more manual and people didn’t have so much flexibility with their money. Now, the advancements in banking technology continue to excite and impress me every day, but one thing has remained true at Wolf River Community Bank – we truly cherish the relationships we build with our customers and our communities. That will always be the foundation for the way we do business,” says Peikert. “We thought the best way to celebrate this milestone was to give back to the communities that made it possible.”
Wolf River Community Bank also celebrated its 25th anniversary with a Customer Appreciation picnic in August to thank customers for being a part of the bank’s community, as the bank was started with community in mind by a few local business people. It was founded in 1996 through a grassroots campaign, raising capital directly from community members, establishing Wolf River Community Bank as a locally-owned financial institution. With humble beginnings inside a mobile home in Hortonville, the bank has achieved steady growth, providing personal, business, mortgage and electronic banking services to the greater Fox West area and beyond. Through its 25 years in business, the bank has grown to service over $300 million in local business and consumer loans. Today, Wolf River Community Bank has four locations in Wisconsin – Greenville, Hortonville, New London and Shiocton – employing almost 50 team members.
As a community institution, Wolf River Community Bank continues to be a strong supporter of local schools, cities, villages, towns, and charitable organizations. Wolf River Community Bank annually supports approximately 100 local nonprofit organizations, events and causes through sponsorships, donations and volunteerism. In November, they will be hosting their Annual Holiday Food Drive to support local food pantries. Watch for details on the bank’s website at wolfriverbank.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to learn more.