First Western Bank & Trust is thrilled to kick off their 5th Annual Volunteer Days (October 2nd – 6th) by collaborating with local charities, non-profits, and other organizations to improve each community they serve.

Each year, First Western employees collectively give over 1,000 hours of their time through service projects, fundraising, and wide-ranging volunteering, most occurring during the work day. The volunteer activities vary and benefit many different types of organizations. A small example of volunteer activities include packing meals at local food banks, donating blood, grounds keeping, making tie blankets for local shelters, visiting seniors at assisted living facilities, and more.

First Western’s founder, J.H. ‘Jack’ Hoeven Jr., dedicated himself to every community he was a part of. He set a lasting example for all employees to follow by emphasizing the importance of giving back. Community improvement and involvement were principles that helped found the Bank almost 60 years ago. Each region that First Western serves takes pride in being one of the reasons these communities are such wonderful places to live, work, and raise families. “Volunteer Days has become a proud tradition, one that resonates in the hearts of each employee in every region we serve,” said Chairman, President, & CEO of First Western Bank & Trust, Brenda K. Foster.

First Western Bank & Trust employs approximately 350 people across 18 locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Throughout the week, First Western employees in every region will honor Mr. Hoeven’s legacy – a legacy which continues to live vibrantly in the activities and spirit of Volunteer Week.