House Blessing Sherman Ave

Brandon Strayer, left, a residential loan officer at Associated Bank, saws a board during a Habitat for Humanity project. James Rubin, branch manager, helps hold the board steady. Patrick Hoeft, middle, bank at work specialist, measures a board.

In October, 40 Associated Bank employees provided 240 volunteer hours to help put the final touches on three Sun Prairie Habitat for Humanity homes. This was an effort to help the homeowners move closer to being in their homes by the holidays.

Associated Bank partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County in Habitat’s new program called Team Up for Habitat. The program allows groups of up to 24 people to build team spirit while participating in a community project.

Associated Bank is a financial services business offering consumer banking, residential mortgage and home-equity lending, commercial and business lending, commercial real estate lending and many other banking- related services. Headquartered in Green Bay, the bank employs 4,420 in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, including 201 in Dane County.

Through Associated’s Roots in Our Community volunteerism program, employees can give of their time and resources to help in the community. Last year, Associated employees logged 49,132 volunteer hours.

In Dane County, 75 Associated employees participated in 20 volunteer events and projects for 145 volunteer hours. Projects included volunteering for community gardens, helping at animal sanctuaries, volunteering at the Habitat ReStore and holding financial literacy events. An Associated team is again participating in the Share Your Holidays food drive phone bank.

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Projects are determined based on individual interest and community need. In some cases, Associated employees work with select nonprofit organizations to plan or promote volunteer opportunities that are near the bank location or address a specific community need such as affordable housing or financial literacy.

In Madison, Associated employees chose to work with Habitat because the business works closely with residential home financings.

Steve Hansen, vice president, senior residential sales manager, has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity Dane County for 16 years and currently serves on its board of directors.

“Volunteering with Habitat is a wonderful way to assist local families to attain home ownership,” Hansen said. “In many instances, this may be the only program available to them to obtain decent, affordable shelter that provides a sense of stability and the pride of home ownership, the ultimate American dream! I couldn’t think of a better way to share my time and talent.”

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