Community is all about us working together. It's what makes our community a great place to live.
At BankCherokee, we know how important community is after more than 100 years in the neighborhood. Today, everything we do reflects our commitment to our communities, from our employees volunteering for local non-profits to customer paper shredding and food drive events. We are proud to be values driven, relationship focused, family oriented and community engaged. Times may change, but our values stay the same.
Shred & Food Drive Events
Three times a year we partner with Shred-Right, a AAA NAID Certified shredding company, to shred confidential and sensitive papers FREE of charge for BankCherokee customers. We combine the shred events with a food drive. We have partnered with Finnegans Reverse Food Truck, so bring your food or cash donations to show support! BankCherokee matches food donations brought in during the events!
FINNEGANS profits go to support the Emergency Foodshelf Network's Harvest for the Hungry program – an innovative program in which fresh produce is purchased from local farms and is then distributed to local food shelves.
Used Bikes For A New Life
Express Bike Shop, a social enterprise of Keystone Community Services, is a local business that refurbishes and sells used bikes through an apprenticeship program that develops the work, leadership and entrepreneurship skills of youth in the community.
Each year BankCherokee supports this great program and collects used bikes to donate to Express Bike Shop. In 2016 we collected 90 bikes!
March is Food Drive Month
March is Food Drive month at BankCherokee and we donate all food and cash donations to Neighborhood House. The wonderful staff at BankCherokee plans the event, raising cash by holding branch potlucks, purchasing chances for an extra vacation day or chances to throw a pie at a bank officer - how creative they get! They also sell tickets to wear jeans on Fridays, so if you see an employee in jeans on a Friday in March, they are supporting the food drive.
Fill A Backpack
Mission of Metro Paint-A-Thon
Since 1984, the Metro Paint-A-Thon has helped low-income seniors and people with permanent physical disabilities continue to live independently in their own homes. Each August, teams of volunteers paint home and garage exteriors in the Twin Cities area for those who can no longer physically do such maintenance and who cannot afford to hire a contractor. The program restores not only the homes that are painted, but the homeowners' sense of pride in their property and their community. Volunteers have completed 6,437 exterior home-based painting projects since 1984.
Joseph's Coat Winter Item Drive
BankCherokee is proud to hold an annual Winter Item Drive and all items are donated to Joseph's Coat. Since 1989, Joseph's Coat has been serving our neediest neighbors in Saint Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities communities. Their free store provides clothing, household items, personal hygiene products, and children's items.
Stewards of Douglas Park in St. Paul
The City of Saint Paul has over 170 parks and BankCherokee is the steward of Douglas Park which is located just 2 blocks east or our Smith Avenue location. We are the caretakers of this charming little park in our neighborhood that was formerly home to Douglas Elementary School, where our very own R. Jim Gesell and Scott Larsen attended school back in the day! We keep Douglas Park looking beautiful during the spring, summer and autumn seasons by removing litter, weeding the playground area & gardens.
Our 2015 Highlights
2015 was a great year and we'd like to share with you some of our community highlights. Thanks to our wonderful customers and employees for all of their generosity - we hope you enjoy the video.
Community Impact Week
BankCherokee truly believes community is all about us working together and we share this belief with fellow bankers in Minnesota. That’s why we were so excited to join with bankers across the state for a week of volunteering time to great causes. Team Cherokee did a great job in 2016, here are some of the great organizations we supported.
- Served breakfast at the Salvation Army
- Cooked dinner for women and children at the Jeremiah Program
- Distributed fresh produce to families at The Wellstone Center in partnership with Neighborhood House
- Helped the Lillte Bohemia neighborhood (along West 7th) with trail and garden maintenance
- Stenciled sewer drains in partnership with the Friends of the Mississippi River.
Launched by the Minnesota Bankers Association, the Community Impact Week creates an opportunity for banks to highlight the many volunteer opportunities available to help build stronger local communities.