Community Service

Bank it Forward

We truly appreciate the community we live in and all the people who make it great!

Bank It Forward is Jackson County Bank’s way of showing our appreciation and promoting support for local organizations as well as the general community by giving back.  We encourage our employees and directors to become involved, and they have gladly donated over 2500 hours per year to over 70 local organizations. In addition, the Jackson County Bank donates over $40,000 annually to local organizations.

Jackson County Bank and its employees donate monthly to their “Giving from the Heart” fund.  The organization was formed in 1996 and donates throughout the year to local community organizations.  “Giving from the Heart” is looking for non-profit groups or organizations in the Jackson County area who would benefit from our donation to meet a specific need or goal.  Please contact Jackson County Bank for more information.

We welcome the opportunity to Bank it Forward to our neighbors!   Be watching for unannounced local events where Jackson County Bank drops in to Bank it Forward.

You may have heard it on the radio, seen it on Facebook, or been told by a friend.  Jackson County Bank hit the area with another surprise Bank It 

Forward event on August 19, 2020, giving away Chamber Bucks at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  Bank It Forward is Jackson County Bank’s way of showing appreciation and promoting support for our community by giving back. Chamber Bucks with a value of at least $15 each were handed out to 200 vehicles in two hours at the event.  Chamber bucks were also donated to Friends Sharing Food of Jackson County in the amount of $1,245 and Bolton Refuge House-Jackson County Outreach in the amount of $800.  As the Chamber Bucks are used, they should benefit local businesses and the community as a whole by initiating the “chain effect” of spending locally.

Jackson County Bank’s Giving from the Heart Fund donated $500 in addition to the $433 that was raised in community donations to Friends Sharing Food during our annual Shred Event.  An SUV full of donated food was also collected at the event to help with the Friends Sharing Food’s mission of helping reduce hunger in Jackson County.  

Jackson County Bank celebrated June Dairy Month with a Cheese Giveaway!  We gave away 360 blocks of cheese in three hours in a drive by give away.  Thanks to our local communities for the great job you do supporting local dairy!

Jackson County Bank hosts Bank Shot each year to promote the local High School athletic programs.  Bank Shot provides entertainment value during the breaks of the basketball and volleyball games, as willing members of the audience are randomly drawn to “take their shot” at a chance to win gift cards, Chamber Bucks or up to $250.00. Jackson County Bank hosts about 8 games per year, and donates $1,000.00 to the Black River Falls High School annually for Bank Shot.

Jackson County Bank employees hosted some furry friends waiting for their forever home as they presented a check to the JC Animal Shelter director Barb Pfaff.  A bake sale to raise funds for a new animal shelter was recently held at the bank, and JCB’s Giving from the Heart fund donated another $460 to help them get their paws in the door.

Jackson County Bank’s “Giving from the Heart” and the JCB employees purchased and dressed with care 31 Teddy Bears in 2018 and 36 in 2019, which were then donated to Black River Memorial Hospital to find their way to pediatric patients in need of a little extra comfort and cuddles.  The nursing staff at BRMH commented, “All of the children just love them, and you help make their stay here more enjoyable.”  

Jackson County Bank Employees helped restock our local Food Pantry early this spring with our second annual “Essential Needs Drive”.  The Essential Needs Drive is a collection for personal care items–those items that are needed by all, but not commonly donated.  To add fuel (and a little friendly competition) to the drive, employees were divided into five teams with the goal of collecting the greatest number of items.  After only a week, about 400 items were collected to replenish the pantry!  The winning team got bragging rights, and everyone enjoyed a comfortable jean day for their efforts.  A big thank you to all the folks that are involved in Food Pantries or similar efforts across the area!

Bank If Foreard at JCBJackson County Bank recently held their fourth Bank It Forward event.  For this event, a tent was set up in the Hwy 54 parking lot near Jackson County Bank’s Motor Bank in Black River Falls. Visitors who stopped by the tent received two $10 bills; $10 as a gift to them, and $10 to pay it forward. Donation buckets for five local organizations, Karner Blue Garden Club, Jackson County Humane Society, Together for Jackson County Kids, Friends Sharing Food and Bolton Refuge House, were available on site. Visitors also had the option to pay it forward to a charity or organization of their choice, or give it to someone they knew was in need. Some people even chose to pay forward both $10 bills!

News of the Bank It Forward event was shared throughout the community by word of mouth, phone and social media. Those who stopped by were happy to start the wave of kindness with their donations and to spread the word of the event. Be watching for unannounced local events where Jackson County Bank drops in to Bank It Forward.


Don Forsting, Alma Center Branch Manager, in the Community Spotlight


Don Forsting shows deep commitment to his community.

Don Forsting, Manager at our Alma Center Branch, was featured in the Black River Memorial Hospital Momentum Magazine for his long-term community service.  Jackson County Bank is proud of you Don; thanks for all you do!

JCB Gives Away Groceries

As part of Jackson County Bank’s philosophy of Banking It Forward, employees secretly showed up at Burnstad’s Market on November 12, 2014.  Customers of Burnstad’s were offered to “pick a card”, from which they would receive a voucher for either $20 or $10 in free groceries.  Over 400 people received free groceries, and some even paid it forward immediately by purchasing for Project Christmas.




Jackson County Bank participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donated to help fight the disease.   Watch the video.

Black River Falls Fire Department Receives Backpack Blower


Pictured are (Left to Right) Jen Nichols of Jackson County Bank, Molly the Fire Dog and Steve Schreiber, Black River Falls Fire Chief.

Jackson County Bank Giving from the Heart recently provided a $500 donation to the Black River Falls Fire Department.  This donation will be used towards the purchase of a Backpack Blower.  Backpack Blowers are used for cleaning debris from roadways at the scene of motor vehicle accidents and also can be used for insulation removal from attic fires.

Bank It Forward Gas Give Away


Jackson County Bank was happy to reach out to the people in the community and offer a “thank you” for making the area a great place to live and work.  JCB employees offered anyone pulling up to Four Seasons’ gas pumps $20 worth of free gas from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 23.  Over 370 vehicles received gas, with approximately 2200 gallons pumped.

News of the Bank It Forward event was shared throughout the community by word of mouth, phone and social media, allowing everyone that visited a chance to pay it forward just by spreading the word.   The message from JCB was simple—we appreciate the community we live in and all the people that make it great, so this was our way of giving back, or Banking It Forward.


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