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Unison Bank and First Community Credit Union give back to communities by supporting local events.

Written By: Masaki Ova | 7:00 am, Aug. 7, 2021

The Downtown Arts Market draws large crowds for its live outdoor entertainment Thursday evenings during the summer months.John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

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The Downtown Arts Market draws large crowds for its live outdoor entertainment Thursday evenings during the summer months. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Being involved and supporting local events such as the Downtown Arts Market at Hansen Arts Park are some ways that financial institutions give back to the communities that support them.

First Community Credit Union and Unison Bank in Jamestown are just a couple of the many businesses and organizations that sponsor the Downtown Arts Market. The Downtown Arts Market is held Thursday evenings during the summer and includes live performances, vendors and adult and children’s art activities in the Arts Park.

“We couldn’t do it without the generous sponsorships of the businesses,” said Mindi Schmitz, executive director of The Arts Center.

Janna Bergstedt, chief marketing officer at First Community Credit Union, said FCCU has always had a strong focus on community involvement.

“It is embedded in our culture,” she said. “I think it is a way to not only serve and support the community, but it also helps to form new relationships and grow business as well.”

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Ally Knudtson, marketing specialist with Unison Bank, said in an email the bank believes it is vital to its customers and communities to reinvest in their futures. She said Unison Bank invests in communities that the bank is a part of through financial donations, employee volunteer hours and community involvement.

“We support our community because our community supports our organization and our team members,” she said.

FCCU and Unison Bank are both full-service financial institutions. FCCU and Unison Bank offer agriculture, business, mortgage and consumer loans, and consumers can open a checking or savings account at each place and select a certificate of deposit and other products.

Events such as the Downtown Arts Market provide great value to the community and give families and individuals a fun place to spend time interacting with other community members, Bergstedt said.

“There are a lot of activities people can come and enjoy,” she said. “The Arts Center does a good job on bringing in talent. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the summer.”

Knudtson said when customers choose to support Unison Bank, the bank is able to reinvest in its communities, which ultimately reinvests in its customers, families and employees.

“For generations, we have been your community bank,” she said in an email. “And for generations to come, we will continue to #GoAhead and give back to our communities as a local community bank.”

Businesses can sponsor an evening at the Arts Park or get a general sponsorship at a couple different levels. Schmitz said the basic sponsorship level is $1,000. The sponsorships help bring in professional performers and support the operations of having the Downtown Arts Market, which helps bring people to the downtown area.

“We have had great attendance," she said. “We have had a great lineup of entertainment, performers and vendors. The community really seems to appreciate what we really have going on.”

Emily Bivens, Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said businesses want to give back to the communities they are in.

“We need to support them too,” she said. “They are the ones that are going to be supporting our local events and organizations. We can help them have those opportunities by supporting them in return.”