At Independent Bank, giving back to our communities is as important to us as giving loans or holding deposits.
For 150 years, it’s been our mission to serve our communities in ways that go beyond the walls of our banks. In neighborhoods across Michigan, we take part in financial literacy efforts, raise money to help fight cancer, and give back in many ways to strengthen our communities. Our employees are involved in area schools, arts and cultural organizations, community boards, and places of worship. We’re your friends and neighbors, locally invested the same way you are.
If you’d like to learn more about our commitment to community, click the link to our “2015 Stronger Together” community brochure located in the sidebar.
What began as an opportunity to give back in "150 Ways in 150 Days" in 2014 during our 150th Anniversary transpired into an annual donation campaign to invest in the lives of our customers and communities. Over the last four years, we have developed different campaigns to give away monetarally to different schools and non-profits.
2014 - 150 Ways in 150 Days
As we celebrated our 150th Anniversary, we gave back to our communities "150 Ways in 150 Days." Each branch dedicated its time two or more cmmunity giving projects whether it was collecting clothes for the needy, helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home, or in another way, each employee positively impacted their community. We also held "Jeans Days' on Fridays for the whole year. Employees had the option to donate $1.50 each Friday to wear jeans to work, with donations totaling $55,000. This money was allocated to 11 different organizations:
|American Cancer Society - Relay For Life||Big Brothers Big Sisters of Michigan||Michigan Humane Society|
|Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan||Helen DeVos Children's Hospital||American Red Cross of Michigan|
|Children's Miracle Network Beaumont Hospital||Wounded Warrior Project||Toys for Tots of Michigan|
|Ronald McDonald House of Grand Rapids/Mid-Michigan||St. Jude Children's Hospital|
Since 2016, Independent Bank employees have been giving back to our communities in a new way. We close our doors at all locations on Columbus Day, and each branch or department picks a local non-profit organization to spend the day at volunteering. We have chosen several different types of organizations including food pantries, animal shelters, cleaning up trails, etc. To learn more, click here.