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Packing some backpacks for a great cause!

March 26, 2014

Metropolitan teammates went to the Care to Learn facility in Nixa to help with the backpack program. This group provides food to kids once a week from donations they collect. Volunteers come once a month to stuff the “backpacks” for the upcoming month.

To learn more about Care to Learn, check out their website here: http://caretolearnfund.org/

Metropolitan teammate Nick Burlison’s continued dedication to the Boys and Girls Club makes us proud!

December 31st, 2013

The Springfield area Sertoma Clubs have been supporting the efforts of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield since 1941. Recently an opportunity came up for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield to partner with Springfield Public Schools to build a new facility on the Southwest side of Springfield.

The facility will work as an elementary school during the day, and a Boys and Girls Club unit during the evenings, weekends, and summer time. The Springfield Area Sertoma Clubs issued a challenge Grant to the community, pledging the first $500,000 towards the construction.

Our very own, Nick Burlison, Chairman of the Sertoma Chili Cook-off for the past nine years, leads the Sertoma Clubs’ largest event. Three of the local Sertoma clubs along with the Chili Cook-off (which is a joint effort of all of the area Sertoma Clubs) came together to make this contribution possible.

The Sertoma Clubs hosts events such as Wingapalooza (Which MNB sponsored), Cashew Craze, Cajun Cook-off, and the signature event, The Chili Cook-off.

To learn more about The Boys and Girls Club check out their website: bgclubspringfield.org

Salvation Army - Angel Tree Partnership

December 23, 2013

Metropolitan’s Springfield and Nixa banking centers received 60 angel tree tags from the Salvation Army in early December. In three short weeks, with the help of customers and employees; donations were able to provide for all of our deserving angels. Teammates were able to combine jean day funds and personal donations; to pick up gifts for the remaining angels that were left. Remaining cash donations were given to the Salvation Army to fulfill other deserving requests. Thank you to everyone that helped us make some Christmas wishes and needs become a reality!

Nixa 3rd Graders learn about Banking!

Thursday, December 12th

On December 12th, our teammate Kody Redwing visited the 3rd grade classes at the John Thomas School of Discovery in Nixa, MO.

Kody talked about the difference between wants & needs, the basics of budgeting, and the importance of saving. Each student created their own budget and went home with a Metropolitan piggy bank!

Speaking to the students at JTSD was a great experience. The topic of money is interesting to kids and the earlier they learn basic financial skills, the more likely they are to make effective and informed money management decisions in the future. Understanding wants versus needs is a critical building block towards budgeting and we had a lot of fun learning the difference.

– Kody Redwing

Jingle all the way!!

December 7th, 2013

Metropolitan National Bank’s employees were out in support of the Salvation Army’s Bell ringing fundraiser on December 7th. Yes, you heard me correctly…the day after our first snow storm of the winter. Metropolitan employees and family members answered the call and braved the freezing weather to support those in need. There were lots of smiles and holiday wishes shared by all! Thank you to our teammates!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all… and to all a good night!!

Habitat for Humanity
A Brush with Kindness—Habitat Home Run--Bracelet Sales Contest

During 3rd quarter of 2013, the Springfield and Nixa teams focused their efforts for community involvement on Habitat for Humanity! Our teammates were able to give back to this deserving cause in several different ways!

A Brush with Kindness

Volunteers helped with clearing brush, painting and working at the Habitat ReStore. A total of 160 hours were volunteered by several Metropolitan teammates!

Habitat Home Run

On Saturday, August 3rd, 11 Metropolitan teammates braved the rain and lightning to participate in the Habitat Home Run. Thank you to Perry & Anita Wise, Julia Moore, Eric Schmidt, Mike McGoldrick, Christopher Story, Amanda Allison, Jeff, Kris, & Ashley Jones, and Tom Scroggins for representing Team Metropolitan!

Lunch Buddy program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks

September 6, 2013

Each year, Springfield Public Schools partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks for their Lunch Buddy program to match local professionals with struggling students and provide them with a meaningful relationship. Each volunteer meets once a week with their buddy for lunch at the child’s school for the duration of the school year.
Several Metropolitan National Bank associates have become “lunch buddies” and are creating meaningful, long-lasting relationships with local students. Four associates are in their 2nd year with the program and have become even more involved with BBBS since joining the Lunch Buddy program. An additional six associates (and counting) are signed up to join the program for the 2013-2014 school year!!
See what our current Lunch Buddies have to say about the program:

Ryan Langston started out as a Lunch Buddy and has now become a Big Brother! He spends time on the weekends with his “Little” and this is why Lunch Buddy/Big Brothers Big Sisters is so important to him:

The Lunch Buddies program is important to me for a multitude of reasons.
  1. It gives a child something to look forward to.
  2. Befriending a kid is pretty cool.
  3. School food is good!
  4. Intrinsic value. Doing something worthwhile makes us feel good too.
  5. Giving back to my community. My community has given me plenty. It was time for me to give back.

Kody Redwing has also taken his role as a Lunch Buddy one step further and is now a Big Brother for his Lunch Buddy, Aaron.

I started the Lunch Buddy program last year when Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks was looking for a guy to be a local 3rd grader’s “buddy”. I’ll admit, I had reservations about participating because I didn’t have any experience with children and had no idea what we would talk about. I questioned whether or not I would be a “good” Lunch Buddy. When it came down to it, I decided that if the young boy (Aaron) is in need of a friend, I’m not going to leave him hanging.
In hindsight, I should not have worried about being a “good” Lunch Buddy. From speaking to employees at Big Bro Big Sis, just showing up consistently means so much to these kids. I came in as a listener and Aaron had PLENTY to talk about, most of which was hilarious. We ended up getting to know each other really well over the year and we are now Big Bro & Little Bro. We still meet up for lunch once a week but we also do fun stuff like mini golfing and stuffing our faces with Orange Leaf from time to time.
Every situation is different but the sad truth is that not every kid has an adult in their life that will sit and hang out with them for 30 minutes. What may seem like a small deal to you can mean so much more to your Buddy.

Megan Neyer got involved with the Lunch Buddy program last year. Her buddy moved away and this year she has been matched with a new student, Lily. Megan’s passion for Big Brothers Big Sisters has grown and she is now an Event Volunteer for the organization, in addition to being a Lunch Buddy.

The Lunch Buddy program is SO cool! These kids get so excited to have someone come and eat lunch with them, and it’s a treat for them because they get to eat with you in the library…not in the cafeteria! They even get to skip the lunch line on the days that you are there!
This year I get the honor of being Lily’s very first Lunch Buddy! She is a sweet 3rd grader and I can’t wait to get to know her more! The great thing about the Lunch Buddy program is that you still get to be involved in a child’s life, but not necessarily have the commitment of being a “Big.” It’s a great introduction to Big Brothers Big Sisters and everything that they do.

Habitat for Humanity
A Brush with Kindness

August 27, 2013

3rd quarter community involvement efforts for Metropolitan Springfield and Nixa branches were focused on Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program.

A Brush with Kindness is a program that assists low-income families in repairing and renovating their homes so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes. Projects include painting, landscaping, weatherization, and minor repair services. Volunteer labor and donated materials help to keep the costs low and Habitat takes no profit for their services. Homeowners cover the cost of the project(s) for their home through a no-interest loan.

Our volunteers spent their time on Saturdays throughout the quarter clearing brush, painting homes-both inside and out, and other work that was needed.

During the month of September, associates at our Springfield and Nixa branches are selling bracelets to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteers pictured above: Alesia Mestayer (Teller at East Battlefield), Christopher Story (Security Officer), and Ryan Langston (Mortgage Loan Specialist)

Big Brothers Big Sisters Back to School Bash

August 1, 2013

During 3rd quarter, the Metropolitan Ops Center team focused community involvement efforts on a backpack program. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks benefitted from our efforts as we supported their Back to School Bash. We collected a variety of school supplies and donated them for the Bash!
On Thursday, August 1st some of our teammates volunteered at the Back to School Bash. We had various jobs including running the registration table, personal shopping with the students, and face painting. It was a huge success and we helped 157 kids get their school supplies for the coming year!

Back row: Lauren Spence, April Nale, Jillian Barkacs, Stephanie Cox, Vicki Besgrove, Christopher Story, & Kody Redwing

Front Row: Kristina McCormac, Megan Neyer, Michelle Ward, Juliana Bradley, Dianna Letterman, Amanda Allison, & Rebekah Greene

Castaway Animal Rescue Effort

July 1st, 2013

During the 2nd Quarter of 2013, the Operations Center team at Metropolitan National Bank chose to support C.A.R.E. Our team collected various items on the C.A.R.E. Wish List such as, dog and cat food, cat litter, treats, toys, food dishes, bleach, laundry detergent, bleach, and a huge bag of aluminum cans!! Our teams in the branches donated the newspapers they received at their locations. Every Friday, our associates can pay $2 to wear jeans and this quarter we gave $180 in jean money to support the animals!

To help in our effort to support C.A.R.E., the HR team at Metropolitan came up with a challenge of their own to help raise more money…..and to have some fun at the office. For every dollar donated between May 20th and June 19th our HR Officer, Lori Shaklee, matched it with $2, up to $300. Then, if the $150 goal was met by June 19th, our HR assistant, Whitley Lancaster, agreed to take whip cream pies in the face while singing along to “Who Let the Dogs Out.”

When we met our goal of $150, Whitley took her pies to the face during our New Associate Orientation, where the 9 new associates each got a pie to throw! Little did our bank president, Mark McFatridge, know, but we had an extra trash bag and goggles for him!

Whitley Lancaster & Mark McFatridge before and after the pies were thrown!

We also had a featured “Ops Pet of the Week” every week during 2nd quarter. Associates could make a $2+ donation to have their pet introduced to the rest of the team! This effort brought in almost $150!! Our grand total in monetary donations was $780!!!

June 6th, 2013

The Springfield/Nixa Banking Centers chose Ozarks Food Harvest for their 2nd quarter charity partnership. Money raised during this quarter will be going to the Ozarks Food Harvest Hungerthon which will be held in September to assist the Weekend Backpack Program. The Springfield and Nixa Banking Centers held a food drive from May 20th through May 31st. 140 lbs. of nonperishable food items were collected, which will provide 116 meals to Ozarks families who are food insecure. Also, 13 Metropolitan employees and family members volunteered at the May 28th and June 6th evening sessions where they sorted food and packed Backpacks for summer school kids.

Metropolitan National Bank partners with First Friday Art Walk

June 5, 2013

First Friday Art Walk is delighted to announce its first-ever Quarterly Presenting Sponsor, Metropolitan National Bank!

“First Friday Art Walk has a twofold mission: to promote fine art and economic sustainability in the Downtown Arts District,” said Clarissa French, Art Walk communications director.

“Metropolitan clearly recognizes the importance of the arts in community and economic development, and values what Art Walk members – all small locally owned businesses – have accomplished with this event. We are so grateful for their support. The success of Metropolitan National Bank is founded upon Pride, Passion, and Culture,” says Mark McFatridge, Metropolitan President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are a group of teammates who take Pride in what we do, every day. We are a group of teammates who have a Passion for our organization, our customers, and our peers. We thrive in a Culture that encourages engagement, empowerment, and energy. Additionally, this foundation can be seen in our bank’s support of the communities we serve through our employee volunteers, our sponsorships, and our civic leadership in service to these foundational principles. We are proud to help support the arts through the sponsorship of the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s First Friday Art Walk,” he added.

C.A.R.E Animal Rescue

May 18, 2013

Several team members of the Operations Center and Nixa branch volunteered their time to help out at the local C.A.R.E. adoption centers in both Springfield and Ozark. Our team was represented by Amy Poe, Nancy Deckard, Jillian Barkacs, Kristina McCormac, and Kimberlee Ireland. Volunteers help with a variety of tasks including dog walking, cleaning, laundry, sorting newspapers, cleaning litter boxes, brushing cats, and playing with the animals.

Here’s what our teammates had to say about their experience:

Kristina: “Jillian and I had a great time! We walked the dogs and played with the cats. All the animals there are so kind and sweet. Just looking for a great home! I will probably go back to CARE to volunteer again soon! It is an awesome organization!”

Jillian: “I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the facility and the care given the animals. All the cats and dogs are well-cared for. Several volunteers come by the facility throughout the week to walk dogs, play with cats, feed and water, etc., so the animals are getting attention. It’s sad because they don’t have homes – yet – but it’s much better for them to be at C.A.R.E. then out on the streets. All the animals also get checked out by the vet, have all their shots, and get spayed orneutered. It costs $85 to adopt an animal, which is very reasonable, considering. Kristina and I decided we will probably be frequent volunteers, just because we both fell in love – several times!

Kimberlee: “I was excited to go work with the different animals! It was a quiet afternoon at the shelter, but I got to take a couple different dogs for walks and play with the cats. There are so many animals there and not enough help to give each one attention. So it was nice to be able to give one on one time to some animals. I will defiantly go back and help whenever I can!”

Pictured above are some of the dogs that Kimberlee Ireland walked at the Ozark adoption center.

The Color Run

April 6, 2013

The Color Run finally made its way to Springfield, MO and Metropolitan National Bank had several teammates there to take in all the fun! Downtown Springfield was packed full of colorful runners and all of the proceeds from the event went to the Equi-Librium Therapy Center, a non-profit organization in Springfield that provides equine assisted therapies to both children and adults in Southwest Missouri.

The Color Run Image

Our team members included: Jillian Barkacs, Betina Morelock, Michal Moss Early, Lacey Barker, Kati Bilson, Kim Hunt, Jessica Blaser, Melissa Messer, Alesia Mestayer, Mike McGoldrick, Crystal Green, Kristina McCormac, and Megan Neyer.

St. Jude Jam

March 14, 2013

The Operations Center team had the opportunity to help support St. Jude by selling raffle tickets at the KTTS St. Jude Jam. KTTS radio asked for 4-6 volunteers and Metropolitan was represented by 9 of our teammates!!! Last year the raffle tickets brought in $1300-$1400 for St. Jude and this year the Met Bank Girls (our nickname given by KTTS) raised $1700!!!

St. Jude Jam

Photo from Left to Right: Vickie Besgrove, Dawn Hugo, Michelle Ward-and her daughters Sheyann & Bayleigh, Julianna Bradley, Jillian Barkacs, Megan Neyer, and Michal Moss Early.

KTTS St. Jude Radiothon

March 7-8, 2013

On Friday, we had 5 teammates that volunteered their time at the KTTS St. Jude Radiothon!

Nancy Deckard, Jillian Barkacs, Christopher Story, Kody Redwing and Megan Neyer all went to the KTTS radio station to take calls and write down pledges.

We had a great time and were happy to be able support the children of St. Jude.

Photo from Left to Right: Christopher Story and Jillian Barkacs

Photo from Left to Right: Kody Redwing and Jillian Barkacs

Nancy Deckard

American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Luncheon

September 13, 2012

Our staff was extremely proud to take part in this luncheon, held at the White River Conference Center and benefiting the American Heart Association.

Photo from Left to Right: Lori Shaklee, Julie Mansker, Julia Moore

The Sunshine Run

October 13, 2012

Springfield staff was incredibly proud to take part in the 33rd annual Sunshine Run. This incredibl event is held every year in order to increase community awareness and support for physical fitness and wellness. Proceeds from the Sunshine Run benefit the Mercy Burn Center, the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Catholic Schools, Willard Schools, Mercy School of Nursing, Mercy Laboratory Scholarship Fund and Medical Explorers.

Photo from left to right: Josh Carnes, Justin Wolfe, and Mike McGoldrick