Hills Bank is making a gift of $10,000 to the school athletic complex project. Headquartered in Hills, the bank was founded in 1904 by a group of dedicated citizens and has grown to 19 locations across three eastern Iowa counties with over 500 total employees. Although the bank is one of the largest independently owned banks, it maintains a ‘small town’ feel and prioritizes giving back to local communities.
“Hills Bank was founded on the principle that banks should care about the people they serve and provide ways to help them prosper,” said Community Relations Officer Amanda Arn. “We are actively involved with the communities in which we are located, and surrounding communities, by supporting our local schools and many youth and education based programs in the Eastern Iowa Corridor. We believe that supporting our children helps give them the tools they need to become leaders in our communities. We also believe that acknowledging and supporting our community’s youth through their service efforts encourages them to continue to give back to their community and motivates them to get others involved.”
Superintendent Shaun Kruger, said that Hills Bank support has been far reaching for the district. The bank supports the West Liberty Community School District in many capacities – Athletic Boosters, Fine Arts Boosters, Youth Sports sponsorships, Dream Catchers, and more.
“The success of our school district is dependent on support from companies like Hills Bank,” said Kruger. “They have been big supporters of various programs that impact the youth of our community. I’m very grateful for their contribution to our new athletic facilities.”
In addition to direct financial support for local programs, Hills Bank offers customers a unique opportunity to give back to their local school district simply by making purchases with their approved Hills Bank debit card.
“Hills Bank actively participates in a variety of programs at the West Liberty Community School District, including but not limited to the Hills Bank Leadership Grant Scholarship, FFA Jacket Program and Everfi Financial Literacy Course,” said Arn. “We encourage parents to help invest in education with our Classroom Cash program. There is no cost to the customer; it’s just a great way to make a difference in our schools. Classroom Cash empowers parents and community members to earn money for the school or school district of their choice by making a purchase with a Hills Bank debit card or business debit card. With every purchase, Hills Bank makes a donation back to the school at various times throughout the year. To date, the Hills Bank Classroom Cash program has given almost $15,000 to the West Liberty Community School District.”
Outside of the school, Hills Bank has supported the Community Center, Eulenspiegel Children’s Festival, Summer Social Car Show, Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation, and many golf outings. The goal is to support a community that supports the bank.
“Hills Bank has been very good to our district and community,” said Activities Director, Adam Loria. “From sponsoring youth sports programs to donating to a high school athletic complex, they understand the investment it takes to support kids all the way through a program. We are thrilled to have them on board.”