Local Bank Gives $2,500 to Help Ottawa Students

Ottawa, KS – Bank of the West has awarded a $2,500 grant to support Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America in its work with students in two Ottawa schools.  

Bank of the West grants millions of dollars in charitable donations each year. Many employees of Ottawa’s Bank of the West have volunteered at one of CIS of Mid-America events called Future Now: Finance.  This live, simulation event is designed to give young people a glimpse of what it is like to pay bills and manage finances as an adult. This grant award also supports other programs at Ottawa High School and Middle School such as lunch groups, Day on the Job, career fairs, mock interviews, basic needs supports, one-on-one mentorships with students, and behavior incentives.

CIS of Mid-America focuses its work exclusively inside K-12 schools, connecting at-risk students with community resources – such as food, clothing, school supplies and medical care, among other needs—to help remove barriers to their academic success. In Ottawa, CIS of Mid-America provides services in Ottawa High School and Ottawa Middle School.

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About Bank of the West

Bank of the West is a financially strong, well-capitalized and prudently managed FDIC-insured bank that customers have entrusted with their money for over 135 years. Through holding company BancWest Corporation, the bank is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the six highest rated banks in the world. In the last five years, Bank of the West has supported under-resourced communities with $39 billion in loans, investments and philanthropic contributions. Through volunteerism, philanthropy and responsible approaches to financial services, Bank of the West aspires to help communities grow into vibrant places to live and work.