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BTC Area Youth Benefit Corp. Launches First Annual Fundraising Campaign

Looking for a meaningful cause to round out your charitable contributions for the tax year? Look no further than BTC Area Youth Benefit Corp. (BTC AYBC). BTC AYBC, a local non-profit organization of BTC Bank, announced today the launch of its first annual fundraising campaign – Funding Futures.

As the ongoing pandemic has limited the ability to host their typical fundraising events in 2020, BTC AYBC hopes to raise $20,000 during the community-wide campaign so they can continue to fulfill financial needs of youth and youth programs in our area.

“Because of the generosity of so many local businesses and community members throughout the years, our non-profit has been able to support various activities and programs that give the young people in our small communities an opportunity to learn and grow, empowering them to become the next generation of strong community leaders,” said Ashley Woody, BTC AYBC Coordinator.

Since 2013, BTC AYBC has donated more than $100,000 to youth within the BTC Bank service areas, providing funding for experiences like Washington Leadership Conference for FFA students, anti-bullying and anti-drug assemblies, Back to School fairs, athletics, youth fishing days with local law enforcement, activities and resources for schools, and so much more.

“We’re really proud to be able to make such an important impact, and we hope that we can continue to help fulfill these valuable experiences and opportunities for kids, even during these unique times,” says Ashley Woody.

BTC AYBC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which makes all donations tax-deductible. Make your donation by December 31 to ensure that it can be deducted in this year’s taxes. To donate online visit www.btcyouthbenefit.com. Checks payable to BTC Area Youth Benefit Corp. can be mailed to 3606 Miller Street, Bethany, MO 64424.

About BTC AYBC: BTC Area Youth Benefit Corp. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded in 2013 by BTC Bank to fulfill financial needs of youth and youth programs within the BTC Bank service area. All donations, sponsorships, volunteer activities and in-kind services are coordinated and aligned with our organizational values. All funding requests are reviewed with formal recommendation by the BTC AYBC seven-member board. Donations to the BTC AYBC may be tax deductible. Learn more at btcyouthbenefit.com

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Every Friday, BTC Bank employees have had the option of paying $5 to wear jeans to work, with the money going to charities that are chosen by the employees. With 10 BTC Bank locations and over 100 employees, the total donation to its local communities amounted to $14,500.00 in 2018.

Boonville BTC Bank employees chose to donate throughout the year to Central Missouri Community Action CARE Baskets, Toys for Tots, Boonslick YMCA scholarships and Pilot Grove Ball Association with their raised Jeans Day funds. All other BTC Bank locations chose varied charities as well, including donations going to area angel trees, customers with hardships, shop with a cop programs, ministerial alliances, food pantries, adopt a family programs, backpack buddies, FosterAdopt Connect, YMCA, school lunches for students that can’t afford them, gift certificates to families for food and many more local organizations.

The program has proven to be an affordable way of promoting teamwork and community involvement at BTC Bank. Not only do the employees choose the charities as a team, but an employee at each location is given the opportunity to present the check to their local charity on behalf of their branch.

“We really try to give the employees a sense of ownership over this program,” says BTC Bank President, Doug Fish. “They’re submitting it, they get to donate and they can encourage their colleagues to participate. It really helps create a sense of community.”

The program has also proven beneficial to BTC Bank. Its mission as a community bank is to focus on the needs of the local communities, families, businesses and farmers. The bank believes that the Jeans Day initiative helps connect the bank and its employees to the community.

“It’s like we’re putting our money where our mouth is,” says Fish. “And it’s all because the dedication our employees have to their communities. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

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