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Fueling Our Hometown Initiative

Sauk Valley Bank - Sterling, Illinois

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Community & Economic Development
  • Asset Size: Small

As we witnessed the hardships of 2020 unfolding, we knew we couldn't just stand on the sidelines. While we couldn't produce life-saving equipment, we knew there were other ways to provide support for our essential workers. This is when Sauk Valley Bank's Fueling Our Hometown Initiative was born. We began with Sauk Valley Bank's Fueling Our Heroes campaign, which we launched on April 1st. Fueling Our Heroes provided meals on a weekly basis to essential workers throughout our communities to help them stay fueled as they kept our communities running. Our heroes extended beyond healthcare to include; postal carriers, local foodbanks, grocery store employees as well as many more who were on the frontlines serving others in various industries. In addition, due to the stay-at-home orders, our local restaurants and small businesses were also struggling, so we opted to #supportlocal in purchasing the meals and other items for the Fueling Our Heroes campaign. In May, we were given another opportunity to aid our community through our Fueling Our Hometown Initiative. With the assistance of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, we were fortunate to receive a ,000 grant that allowed us to provide assistance to 10 of our area nonprofits. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago created the COVID-19 Relief Program to provide member financial institutions with access to acquire a grant to assist nonprofit organizations. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:66768805281987911