First Iowa State Bank of Bloomfield, Keosauqua and Cantril is celebrating a milestone — the donation or $60,000 to non-profit organizations in Davis and Van Buren Counties through the Casual for a Cause program.
Casual for a Cause was begun in 2014 allowing employees to wear jeans to work on Fridays providing they donated $5 toward the cause. The bank then matched employee donations.
“Each month we give out $325 to a Davis County organization and $325 to a Van Buren organization,” said Mona Fowler of the Bloomfield branch. “This gives employees a way to donate back to the communities they love.”
In December the banks in each county double the money and give $750 per county. Bloomfield’s donation goes to the I Care program.
Fowler said First Iowa State Bank and their employees like to give back to the community, but it is sometimes hard to find recipients.
“We welcome suggestions on deserving groups,” she said. “We do try to get to groups in all corners of each county.”
Anyone with suggestions or requests for Casual for a Cause donations should call Fowler at 641-664-1362, First Iowa State Bank in Bloomfield, or Mandi Maras at 319-293-3752 in Van Buren County.
The following Davis County groups are among those that have received funding since the beginning of the program:
TTT – for girls camp
DC Fine Arts Council
Look to the Stars
DC Trails Project
DC Lord’s Cupboard
Back Pack Buddies
Bloomfield Library Summer Program
Shop with A Cop
Friends of Lake Wapello
Drakesville Betterment Committee
Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Dept.
Pulaski Avenue of Flags
Dog Star Sanctuary
DC School Milk Program
DC Welcome Center
Independent Trikers – bought gifts to take to children at Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Look to the Stars
Camp Wapello Preservation