Pay It Forward: 2013
In 2013, Bell State Bank & Trust and Bell Mortgage employees again had the opportunity to Pay It Forward by giving back to the communities we serve. Each year since 2008, every full-time employee has received $1,000 and every part-time employee $500 to Pay It Forward as they see fit to those in need. In what has become a year-round tradition, our employees carefully consider their Pay It Forward gifts. Our Pay It Forward gifts since the program’s inception are nearing $5 million that has been given to people in need and causes we care about.
This past year, we made an addition to Pay It Forward that doubled its life-changing impact. Through our “Pay It Forward: Community Connect” component, each employee selected a customer, vendor or community member who themselves had the chance to Pay It Forward to an individual, family or organization in need.
Our customers, vendors and friends are the reason we grow and succeed. Choosing these individuals and giving them the opportunity to Pay It Forward has resulted in still more inspirational stories of giving. We are so happy to share this program, because we know these gifts change the lives not only of those who receive them, but of the givers. Each time we Pay It Forward, we are blessed many times over.
On this website, you will find just a few of the many stories of giving from the past year. Together and individually, employees have given to schools and churches; they have designated giving to help school children and senior citizens; they have donated to organizations that help animals; they have assisted people here at home and around the globe. Employees have volunteered on building projects and wept with those grieving a loss. Many have connected with a single individual or family who inspires them to give.
Please join us this year in paying it forward, because even the smallest gift can be life-changing. It is our hope these stories will inspire you to give where you see the greatest need. We hope all of you share in the joy of helping where needs are greatest.
Michael Solberg, President
Bell State Bank & Trust