Hometown Bank believes in pairing personalized service with the latest technology to help local businesses grow faster. Our money's on you. In today's overcrowded financial marketplace, one bank in town has grown with this region of Wisconsin since 1907.
Hometown Bank understands the businesses and the people in the area. We offer simplicity and sophistication, from savings to checking, mortgages to investments, business services, technology and more. We're here for your lifetime.
Mission: Improve the communities we serve by working as a team to help our clients succeed.
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Many small, local businesses continue to struggle due to uncertainty regarding COVID-19. You can still support these members of our communities. Call the business to see if they do delivery. Share positive reviews on social media to let others know they can count on a great experience from these retailers. Purchase a gift card to send to a friend or family member as a birthday gift. It's the neighborly thing to do!
This year’s Poynette Community Giving Tree has been a huge success! Community members came to Hometown Bank in Poynette to take a tag off the tree, purchase a gift for the individual on the tag and bring it back to place under the tree. The gifts were distributed on Saturday morning by a homemaker’s group. This event provided gifts to 60 children – three times as many as last year. Thank you to all the generous donors!
Presenting the last of our coronavirus relief checks this year, presented to Solutions Center Shelter & Support Services in Fond du Lac. Pictured are Amy Loof, Director of Homeless Services; Hometown’s Kim Schmitz; and Nicole Johnson, Executive Director.
Yet another local food pantry will enjoy some financial assistance thanks to a grant we are sharing among several such organizations in the community. Hometown's Kim Schmitz (left) presents the big check to Gloria Reed, VP of the Fondy Food Pantry.
Jody Heus of Hometown Bank presents one of our coronavirus relief checks to Dave Nickel of the Holyland Food Pantry. Our donations are hard at work feeding families in the communities we serve.
Hometown Bank supports Blessed Bites, a meal-to-go program offered by Holy Family Catholic Community of Fond du Lac. Representing Holy Family Catholic Community are Father Ryan Pruess – Pastor, and Erin Cob – Director of Human Concerns (left and center), alongside Hometown Bank CFO
Darcy Zeleske (center), VP of Loaves and Fishes, receives a coronavirus relief donation from Loree Shady (left) and Kim Schmitz on behalf of Hometown Bank. This is one of many such donations we’re proud to provide to local food pantries.
Another coronavirus relief donation. Melissa Lane and Monica Clare, Executive Director of St Joseph Food Program in Menasha, with our Nate Kok.
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Ruby's Pantry at Grace Christian Church receives a big check to help continue their mission to combat hunger during these difficult times. Hometown Bank’s Kim Schmitz joined Pastor Paul Pfeffer for the presentation.
Our 6th Annual No Carve Pumpkin Contest has begun! While this is a bank employee contest, customers and Facebook friends do the voting. Please vote for your favorite by indicating its number in the comments below. Pumpkins can also be viewed in person at our branches. Voting closes Oct 30. Thanks for joining in on the fun!
Our Kim Schmitz delivers a COVID relief grant to another deserving organization. Crystal (left) is director of social services and Kurt is the pantry manager at the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Fond du Lac.
Broken Bread food pantry is another recipient of funds from our COVID relief grant. Pictured with Hometown Bank’s Kim Schmitz (right) are Lucy Sumner, Broken Bread director, and Father Patrick Perkins, Dean of the Cathedral.
We are proud to share this moment when we presented Blessings Community Food Pantry with a donation as part of our food bank grant program.
Pictured (left to right): Mary Krause, Steve Sheldon (Director of Blessings), Larry Gohlke (Neshkoro Area Community Center), Sue Schurk, Nickie Beltran and, crouching in front, Karen Holseth-Broekema (Neshkoro Area Community Center).
Cambridge Food Pantry is among the dozen food banks and food pantries receiving part of a grant we are distributing in response to the lingering effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
Pictured: (left to right):
Cora Marshall, Nicole Rothe, Kerry Marren (Cambridge Food Pantry Coordinator), Angela Willard, Diane Russo, Mary Shafer and Amy Simdon.
Hometown Bank’s Shane Reitzner presents Nancy Buckley of Wyocena Helping Hands a donation, part of a larger distribution of grants totaling over $20,000. The monies are being divided among food banks and food pantries within the communities we serve. Wyocena Helping Hands serves Pardeeville School District.
Recently, we cheerfully – and safely! – presented a check to support Poynette Area Community Food Pantry. Pictured are Jana Rhiner (bank), Diane Tessmer (food pantry), Chris Koch (bank), Ruth Ann Waugh (food pantry) and Jeannine Walters (bank).
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Hometown Bank congratulates Alex and Lucero on their one-year anniversary as owners of El Sabor Mexican restaurant in Appleton. El Sabor is a family-run operation serving authentic Mexican food. Hometown Bank is proud to be partnering with Alex and Lucero, helping them fulfill their dreams of owning a restaurant. Also pictured, Tony Smyrneos of Hometown Bank with his wife Kim joining the celebration.
Are you aware of the coin shortage? As consumers hang onto their coin collections, waiting for the opportunity to convert them into vacations, coins are harder for retailers to come by.
Be a part of “change” by using your change at local shops. Bring in your coin containers to our bank and we’ll convert them to paper money, keeping your stash intact. Get the kids involved, teaching them about the importance of coin circulation while changing their piggy bank coins into dollar bills.
Most vacations planned for this summer have gone ka-plooey with all the closures and travel restrictions. But that doesn't mean you can't stay-cation and enjoy these long summer days. Check out this treasure trove of 100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/fun-things-to-do-at-home-during-coronavirus-quarantine
travelandleisure.com Bored at home? Use this list of over 100 fun things to do at home in lockdown to take a virtual trip, find a new hobby or TV show, visit a virtual national park or museum, or stay in shape while we’re stuck in quarantine.
Retailers are gradually reopening. That's great news! Online shopping is still growing in popularity, however. Protect yourself, your accounts and your privacy. Here is one simple tip: Always look for the lock icon in your web browser's address bar. This verifies the shopping site is secure.
We understand you are eager for our branch lobbies to reopen. We miss seeing you in those spaces, too!
Hometown Bank anticipates opening its lobbies on Monday, June 15, 2020. Your safety is a top priority. Therefore, we will open with a few new precautions in place.
Discs are on the floors to indicate proper six-foot spacing requirements. Protective, transparent barriers are in place at each teller window.
Masks and Facial Coverings
When you visit, masks are not required but recommended. If you do decide to wear a covering, you will be asked to briefly pull it down as you approach the teller line so we may identify you. If you do not wish to lower your mask, please use alternative banking options listed below.
Hand sanitizer will be available in our lobbies for your use. We encourage you to sanitize your hands before and after your visit with us. Areas of frequent contact will be regularly throughout the day. Stand-up desks used to complete deposit information will not be available. Please have all of your information completed before entering the branch.
No Public Restrooms
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you understand this decision was made in the best interest of both our clients and our employees.
No Symptoms/No Contact
Please do not enter our lobbies if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (i.e., fever, cough or shortness of breath). Also, do not visit if you have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient in the last 14 days, or have traveled via public transportation in the last 14 days. Instead, please use other banking alternatives mentioned below.
For your continued safety and convenience, we encourage all our clients to use alternative banking methods whenever possible, and only visit our lobby in person when absolutely necessary. We are happy to provide the same level of community banking service you expect, through a variety of channels, including:
• Online and mobile banking
• Mobile deposits and remote deposit capture for businesses
• Branch drive-through
• Night depository
• Phone call or video conference with your local bankers
• Telephone banking
Last month we shared some great ways to stay healthy during the quarantine blues. Mental positivity goes a long way, and there are plenty of engaging was to challenge ourselves physically AND mentally. A few more examples:
• Meditate. If you have never tried it, simply find a quiet place indoors or out. Sit in a comfortable chair, relax, place your feet flat on the floor and rest your hands and arms comfortably. Close your eyes and clear your mind of all thoughts. Focus on just your breathing. Imagine the word “Calm” as you slowly inhale and the word “Refreshed” as you exhale. Do this for even two to five minutes daily to boost your wellbeing.
• Do a puzzle – a jigsaw or something on your phone designed to mentally challenge you. If you don’t have one, there are tons you can download for free.
• If you are able, walk a good distance – two miles or more if you walk regularly. Plan the route or see where the road takes you. Don’t listen to music. Rather, think about the things in your life you’re thankful for.
• Eat mindfully. Have a piece of fruit, for example, and eat it slowly. Pay attention to the taste, the texture, the sweetness. Really appreciate that piece of fruit. You won’t believe how much more you it!
Recently, we helped a local small business client help its customers. We purchased several gift cards from Lunch Creek Winery and Lyn Jones, owner, handed them out to customers upon checkout. Hope this inspires copycats!
Shown are some of the lucky recipients – Duane Novy, as well as Lyn pictured separately with Linda Gohlke and Dustin Emerson.
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