Strong Roots in our Community

Donor Spotlight article by Matt Tollerton, Central Bank Vice President, Director of eCommerce

Each year about this time, we at Central Bank and Central Technology Services (CTS) begin to think about the individuals within our company we want to lead our internal efforts for the United Way’s annual Pacesetter Campaign. Our volunteers will carry the torch lit long ago by our predecessors, a torch we hope will burn bright for many years to come. Giving back to our community is engrained within each of us here at Central Bank, and is part of our company’s culture. We realize that in truly great communities like ours, people take care of each other.

Last year, more than 400 of our employees in Jefferson City contributed to the United Way of Central Missouri’s annual campaign. Nearly half of those (221 to be exact) were Fair Share givers contributing at least 1% of their annual salary, equaling a grand total of $195,000; all donated to help serve those who need it most in our community. Simply put, our bank and our employees LOVE the United Way and the work they are doing for its 28 partner agencies as well as through one-time Community Support Grants to other health and human service organizations here at home.

During my 10 years at Central Bank it has been a lot of fun seeing our employees go all out in support of such a great cause; from tricycle races, to decorating scarecrows and guitars, to placing flocks of geese in employees’ yards, to silent auctions, to reality show-based mini-golf courses throughout various departments. If there is one thing we know how to do, it’s host a spirited fundraiser!

Although we may have a lot of fun raising money for the community, we also enjoy taking off our ties and rolling up our sleeves to serve those in need. One of our favorite community events each year is the United Way Days of Caring in which we go out to the agencies and help them with a service project. It could be cleaning up brush, painting a room, serving meals, or simply stocking shelves. Getting to visit with those in need and seeing first-hand how a donation can really help someone makes giving worth it.

Central Bank and Central Technology Service’s Pacesetter Campaign leaders have not been determined yet, but we are excited to see the energetic fundraising events they’ll have in store for us. As their co-worker, I’m grateful for the work they are about to do—their commitment to raise funds and the heart they will put into the campaign that will help kick-start the United Way’s Community Campaign.

On behalf of Central Bank and CTS and its employees, thank you to the United Way of Central Missouri and the 28 partner agencies for the work you do. You walk the walk each day and your passion to serve those in need is truly amazing. Thank you!