John Baur, community bank president with Associated in Marshfield, was recently acknowledged for his volunteer efforts in 2013. As one of the top 20 volunteers wtih Associated, Baur was awarded a $1,000 grant that he presented to St. Vincent de Paul for the new Transitional Homeless Shelter.

“With the recent economic downturn, we’re seeing more families in Marshfield having to leave their homes,” said Baur.Sometimes they’re unable to afford their house anymore, or they’ve been laid off at work. This new shelter will give them a place to stay while they find new employment or make new living arrangements.”

In 2013, Associated employees across the three state footprint volunteered more than 47,000 hours. The top 20 volunteers donated more than 10,000 hours (at least 290 each), and another 253 employees each logged more than 50 volunteer hours.

“Colleague volunteer hours in 2013 topped 47,524, exceeding 2012 by 10,000 hours,” said Cliff Bowers, director of public relations, Associated Bank. “Associated is committed to giving back to its communities, and hundreds of colleagues do just that — by serving as donors, organizers, leaders, inspirers and doers.”

Associated’s philanthropy reflects the people, the culture and the spirit of the company. Colleagues are actively engaged in the charitable process to help identify nonprofit organizations and causes that best address the unique needs of communities across Associated’s footprint. Associated encourages and supports colleague volunteerism efforts by providing the internal resources that help connect colleagues with the nonprofit organizations that meet their personal passion for community involvement.

Photo caption: John Baur (right), community bank president in Marshfield, presents a check for $1,000 to Dennis Boucher, board president at St. Vincent de Paul, for the new Transitional Homeless Shelter for families with children.