Member-Owners support passionate Polar Plungers

by: Mike King
Polar Plunge.At Community First, we embrace challenges and love to ‘Find A Way’ to support our nonprofit community partners.
One of our favorite causes for many years has been Wisconsin Special Olympics. When they started the Polar Plunge fundraisers, we were there, providing the critical registration duties by our willing team of tellers skilled in handling cash so Special Olympics folks had one less important duty to worry about.
Along the way, our passionate employees found entertaining ways to get involved, support each other and entice generous member-owners to join in on the Polar Plunge fun, raising money by selling icons, branch challenges, bake sales and more.
Our Richmond branch manager has been ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ for several years, leading colleagues by example and plunging at Oshkosh and in Green Bay. Two years ago, he bought a full-length shark costume, helped organize a team among branch co-workers and has willingly done a belly-flop or canon ball into a pool in the Lambeau Field parking lot each year. Perhaps the coolest part of it (pun intended) has been passing on the importance (and fun) of community involvement to his son, who has plunged by his side.
During February and March, our employees and members outdid themselves, collectively raising a record $31,177 in support of more than two dozen plungers. Our Two Rivers branch engaged members to ‘vote’ for the employee most deserving of a Polar Plunge ‘pie-in-the-face.’ Two other employees ‘sold’ custom-made beaded bracelets to help the cause. And, a selfless and fun-loving Human Resources manager plunged twice, emerging with a smile on her face and more money for a great cause.
When combined with monies raised at other Wisconsin Polar Plunges, that means about 10,000 Special Olympians in the state will eagerly participate and joyfully continue to compete in sporting events throughout the year without their families having to pay fees and getting a meal and/or treats along the way.
How cool is that? We think so, too.

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