Making home a little sweeter
We have a responsibility to you, our neighbors, and we make it our mission to support our local communities!
As a true community bank, we are inspired every day by the communities where we live and serve. We feel a connection with the way of life here in North Central Iowa. That's why we give so much effort to giving back.
In addition to sponsoring and participating in area events, we make it a priority to provide financial support to nonprofits and local development projects. While megabanks hold onto every penny, we provide nearly $100,000 a year to community initiatives and events, such as:
- Riverfront Project
- Main Street Charles City
- Chamber of Commerce
- EverFi School Program
- Local festivals and events
- Much more
Additionally, our employees and board members give their time and energy to the following organizations:
- Booster Clubs
- Charles City Historic Preservation
- Floyd County Cattlemen
- Floyd County Fair
- Franklin County Fair
- Franklin County Tourism
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hampton Historic Preservation Committee
- Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
- Library Board
- Main Street Charles City
- Main Street Hampton
- Mentoring Program
- North Cedar Aviation Authority
- Relay for Life
Does your organization serve a community in our area? You may be eligible for a sponsorship or charitable donation.
The future of our communities lies with our youth. That’s why we support local schools financially to help build a stronger education.
Today’s students truly are the future, so we want to be sure that the students of our community have the right knowledge base and tools to be financially savvy in the future. To make this happen, we’ve partnered with EverFi to provide a web-based e-learning platform geared toward teaching high school students how to manage their finances.
This online course uses the latest in new media technologies to engage students:
- 3-D gaming
- Social networking
- Online animations
- Messaging tools
This program fully integrates into a school’s curriculum and covers more than 600 topics including:
- Credit scores
- Credit cards
- Student loans
- Many other critical concepts
The system even tracks the students’ progress and reports each individual’s unique score so the students know exactly where they are. Upon completion of the course, students are officially certified in Financial Literacy, which can later be distinguished on resumes and college applications. Finally, a ceremony is planned in each community to award students their certificate. These students are also eligible for First Security Scholarships, which are awarded at the ceremony.
The Common Cent$ program provides interactive digital financial education to middle schools and high schools throughout our footprint. In the 2018–2019 school year alone, 1,120 students in 16 North Iowa schools completed 3,422 hours of learning thanks to First Security’s sponsorship of the EverFi program. In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlighted EverFi’s schools-based financial education programs in a new report on Advancing K-12 Financial Education: A Guide for Policymakers.
The eight-hour web-based program uses the latest in new media technology to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and performance of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with certification in financial literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.