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.

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.

Jackson County Bank and its employees donate annually to their “Giving from the Heart” fund.  The organization was formed in 1996 and donates annually to local community organizations.

Jackson County Bank’s “Bears from the Heart” As part of “Giving from the Heart” purchased 31 Teddy Bears that Jackson County Bank Employees have decorated. These little bears have been donated to Black River Memorial Hospital to find their way to children needing a little extra comfort and cuddles.

We are 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 Amy at Jackson County Bank for more information.

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.

Giving From the Heart Donates to the Guardian Angel Fund of the Jackson County Humane Society

Guardian Angel

Casey Millis of Jackson County Bank receives a fond “thank you” from Sasha who is waiting adoption at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

Jackson County Bank employees held a fund raiser to sponsor the Guardian Angel Fund, which provides medical assistance for neglected animals that may not otherwise receive a second chance. The fund raiser included a bake sale offering homemade dog biscuits and kitty kibble, and a dress down day for JCB employees. In addition to the funds raised, a donation was provided from the JCB Giving From the Heart Fund. JCB and its employees have donated to this fund since 1996, and all proceeds are disbursed to local community organizations.

 Getting Some Green for Interfaith Caregivers

golf outing

Jackson County Bank employees participated in the Interfaith Golf Outing this summer. Funds raised help support Interfaith Caregivers.  Fred Goettl, Terri Goettl, Luke Schulte and John Drace team up for Interfaith Caregivers.

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