New Klein Bank project donates funds to Rise

Rise Inc. has benefited from a new program at Klein Bank.

A check for $1,019 from Klein Bank’s Swipe It Forward promotion was presented at the bank’s Coon Rapids office to Rise, Inc. and members of its community integration program in Anoka. Left to right: Dorothy Moores, Klein Bank Coon Rapids office employee; Stacy Buchanan, Klein Bank Coon Rapids manager; Jane Campe, Klein Bank Coon Rapids office employee and Rise volunteer; Dave Rymanowski, Klein Bank northwest area president; Gene Merriam, chairman of the Rise, Inc. Board of Directors; Beth Holth, Scott Heinn and Dan Jenkins of the Rise community integration program and standing behind them, Janine O’Connell, Rise community integration program specialist.

A check for $1,019 from Klein Bank’s Swipe It Forward promotion was presented at the bank’s Coon Rapids office to Rise, Inc. and members of its community integration program in Anoka. Left to right: Dorothy Moores, Klein Bank Coon Rapids office employee; Stacy Buchanan, Klein Bank Coon Rapids manager; Jane Campe, Klein Bank Coon Rapids office employee and Rise volunteer; Dave Rymanowski, Klein Bank northwest area president; Gene Merriam, chairman of the Rise, Inc. Board of Directors; Beth Holth, Scott Heinn and Dan Jenkins of the Rise community integration program and standing behind them, Janine O’Connell, Rise community integration program specialist.

Managers from the Coon Rapids branch office of Klein Bank Sept. 18 presented representatives from Rise Inc. with a check for $1,019.

This money was collected at the bank through its Swipe It Forward promotion in August.

While customer appreciation days is an annual event at Klein Bank, the Swipe It Forward program was new this year, according to Stacy Buchanan, Coon Rapids branch manager.

And it was not just the Coon Rapids office that was involved, but all five Klein Bank offices that make up the northwest market area, Buchanan said.

Rise Inc. was chosen to be beneficiary from non-profit organizations nominated by both customers and employees from the northwest market area Klein banks, she said.

“This was a something new and we hope to keep it going next year and beyond,” Buchanan said.

According to Dave Rymanowski, Klein Bank northwest market president, there are five offices in the bank’s northwest market – Coon Rapids, Maple Grove, Big Lake, Buffalo and Otsego.

“This was a neat idea,” Rymanowski said.

For the Swipe It Forward promotion, each time a customer used his or her Klein Bank Debit Mastercard to make a purchase during customer appreciation days, the bank donated 5 cents to the charity that was selected, in this case Rise Inc.

People from Rise’s Community Integration Program-Anoka, a day training and habilitation program for people with intellectual and related disabilities, greeted customers at the Coon Rapids branch officer and handed out bank gifts Aug. 3, according to Beth DePoint, Rise, Inc. director of public relations.

Headquartered in Chaska, Klein Bank has 19 banks in Minnesota, most of them in the Twin Cities.

Rise, Inc., headquartered in Spring Lake Park, is a nonprofit agency serving people who have disabilities and other barriers to housing, employment and community integration in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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