January 18, 2010

Biz News: Johnson Financial Group employees volunteer on MLK Day

Johnson Financial Group, the parent company of Johnson Bank and Johnson Insurance Services will celebrate their Success and Profit Sharing event different than in years past.

"In light of the recent economic crisis and all that's happening in the banking industry, our associates asked us not to spend money on the traditional gathering we've had for years," said Richard Hansen, President and CEO of Johnson Financial Group. "But instead, associates asked if they could volunteer their time at various charities across the state of Wisconsin on Martin Luther King Day? I was so proud to hear that."

Today, on Martin Luther King Day, which is typically a holiday for the associates because the banks are closed, over 1,000 Johnson Bank associates in Wisconsin will volunteer their time in regional communities where Johnson Bank has a presence.

From volunteering at local food banks in southeastern Wisconsin, to making quilts for the Linus Project in south central Wisconsin, to working for Habitat for Humanity in northwest Wisconsin, the associates are making an effort at more than 30 charities in the state. They also started Operation JFG Cares, where associates are putting together care packages for the U.S. Military Troops.

Johnson Financial Group's Racine employees worked on the following projects:

Operation JFG Cares – putting together care packages for our

* Empty Bowls – painting/designing a bowl at Fired Up! To be donated to the Empty Bowls event in March

* Habitat for Humanity – assisting on one of the current Racine sites

* Racine County Food Bank – sorting and boxing food

* Wheel-ie Wacky Scarves and Hats – making scarves and hats to be donated to children’s or homeless programs

* Valentines for Veterans Senior Citizens – making Valentines cards for the Veterans Home and local senior citizen homes

* Hospice baskets

* Making baskets for Orphan Canines, Love & Charity, and Halo

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