Over the last two months, Monroe Bank & Trust has responded to an increased need for community outreach and support in Southeast Michigan and beyond. In addition to volunteering at more than 50 local events, financial education for nearly 60 organizations, raising thousands of dollars toward selected charities and sponsoring local organizations, the Bank’s employees also contributed funds toward the victims of recent hurricanes that damaged the southern U.S. The company proposed a $5 to $1 company match and together with its 300 employees, donated $6,822 to help those most impacted by the storms.

This season is no different than the past as the high needs among local communities for volunteers and education continues. Monroe Bank & Trust employees have provided support locally through their volunteerism program, which consistently supports more than 200 organizations each year, donating 8,000-9,000 annual volunteer hours.  On an ongoing basis, Monroe Bank & Trust also provides financial education in the community and over the past two months held 13 MBTeach Adult workshops, facilitated School Banking sessions at 28 elementary schools and eLearning at 17 high schools.

For more than ten years, employees have also been working together to raise money for local non-profits. The efforts of the last two years have resulted in over $20,000 distributed annually, and the team is on track to top $25,000 in 2017. In the last 60 days alone, well over $5,000 has been raised through employee driven fundraising. Additionally, on November 3rd, the second Annual Fall Harvest Beer & Wine Tasting event successfully hosted nearly 140 attendees at the Links of Lake Erie. This event contributed substantial funds toward the overall fundraising effort. This year’s fundraising recipients include; The Bed Race to Aid Children of Monroe, MI, Vista Maria of Dearborn, MI, ChristNet of Taylor, MI, and The Devoted Barn of Newport, MI. Monroe Bank & Trust also backs these efforts by providing administrative support and covering expenses incurred.

The Bank also remains dedicated to providing sponsorships to community organizations and has seen a higher demand for donations and contributions this year than in recent times.

“Every aspect of our outreach is important toward supporting our Community Pillar, and our employees are passionate about helping the local community. It’s a big part of our culture,” said Julian Broggio, SVP, Director of Marketing at Monroe Bank & Trust.

MBT Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MBTF), a bank holding company headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, is the parent company of Monroe Bank & Trust (“MBT”). Founded in 1858, MBT is one of the largest independently owned community banks in Southeast Michigan. With over $1.3 billion in assets, MBT is a full-service bank, offering a complete range of business and personal accounts, credit and mortgage options, investment and retirement services and award-winning financial literacy outreach. MBT employee volunteers contribute between 8,000 to 9,000 hours of community service annually. MBT’s Commercial Lending Group is a top SBA lending partner. MBT’s Wealth Management Group (“WMG”) is one of the largest and most respected in Michigan, ranking fourth among all Michigan banks for total trust assets. With offices and ATMs in Monroe, and Wayne Counties, convenient mobile and online banking, a robust online and social media presence and a comprehensive array of products and services, MBT prides itself in offering World Class Banking with a Local Address. Visit MBT’s website at mbandt.com