First Interstate Bank recently hosted its fifth annual Volunteer Day on September 14, where every branch closed for the afternoon so employees could assist on local community projects. Over 50 projects and more than 400 participants in the Billings market were a part of Volunteer Day last Wednesday.

Volunteers helped with two projects at Family Service of Yellowstone Valley that provide meals and a safe environment for families experiencing homelessness, helping them to become independent through community response. Teams came together to help sort through utilized donations and also helped build food boxes that families around the community could come and pick up.

There were also two projects for the Billings Preservation Society Inc. This nonprofit organization helps to operate and maintain the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum, inspiring cultural and historic preservation in the Billings community. Volunteer teams from First Interstate Bank helped to clean tables and chairs used for events before being stored for the winter. Teammates also cleaned underneath the hedges surrounding the Moss Mansion. 

Another project was at the Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County, which provides comprehensive services to help assist and support the older population. One service they provide is Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors. Four volunteers for this project helped clean and sanitized the delivery coolers used to transport the meals to seniors. Volunteers also helped clean the transportation trucks to bring them back into working order.

These projects are just the tip of the iceberg of all the amazing efforts that happened in Billings, across Montana, and the entire Bank’s 14-state footprint on September 14.

Amberly Pahut is the director of community relations and executive director of the First Interstate Bancsystem Foundation. She says Volunteer Day began in 2018, encouraging employees to volunteer for a cause in their market. It was also a day that celebrated the Bank’s 50th anniversary. The day was so successful that it became a company-wide event held annually.

“It was such a tremendous success on so many different levels for our community and also in building employee morale and engagement,” Pahut said about this year’s Volunteer Day. In the past year, First Interstate has grown from six states to 14, bringing close to 4000 employees together to work on community events that positively impact all markets.

Click here to find a list of all the projects in Billings and other states that were part of this amazing event!