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Bremer Bank donates $100,000 to support communities affected by COVID 19 pandemic

05.05.20
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Bremer Bank today donated a total of $100,000 to provide immediate support for communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift is the result of Bremer Bank’s employee match campaign throughout the month of April and is going to local United Way chapters throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, including the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

“On behalf of our entire team at United Way, we extend a heartfelt thank you to all Bremer employees who worked together to support our communities during this critical time,” said John Wilgers, president and CEO of Greater Twin Cities United Way. “Their generosity will make an enormous impact on the lives of those in our communities most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.”

The optional employee giving campaign, driven by more than 150 Bremer employees, and additional funds committed by Bremer Bank resulted in a $100,000 donation. These funds will ensure that people most vulnerable to issues caused by the pandemic have safe shelter, food and hygienic supplies; parents can locate affordable childcare; and that families and individuals can access important financial and health care services. United Way distributes funds to nonprofit health and human services organizations.

“Bringing people together during an unprecedented public health crisis is the mark of true leadership. We are grateful to United Way for their leadership, partnership and for getting this critical fund up and running so quickly,” said Jeanne Crain, Bremer president and CEO. “I also want to thank our Bremer employees who have risen to the occasion to help their neighbors.”

For more information about Greater Twin Cities United Way’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, click here. For more information about Bremer’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the bremer.com/covid19 page.

About Bremer Financial Corporation

Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, $13 billion regional financial services company jointly owned by the Otto Bremer Trust and Bremer employees. Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance products and services throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Clients include small businesses, mid-sized corporations, agribusinesses, nonprofits, public and government entities, and individuals and families.

About Greater Twin Cities United Way

One in four people in the Twin Cities region are experiencing poverty. Greater Twin Cities United Way supports long-term wellbeing by working to provide equitable access for all to a strong education, stable housing, healthy food and good jobs. We do this by bringing together the public, private and nonprofit sectors to solve the community’s most pressing needs. Through public policy work, volunteer engagement, coalition building, United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline, nonprofit leadership support and grant making, we take a holistic, long-term approach to help people meet their potential. That’s because when more of us reach our potential, our whole community benefits. For more information, visit www.gtcuw.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.