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Step challenge results in donation to Cedar Springs Public Library


The 14 branches of ChoiceOne Bank recently took part in a step challenge. Not only did it promote a healthy lifestyle choice, but it was a means to give back to the community as well. The branch with the most steps at the end of the challenge would get to donate a $500 check to an organization of their choice.

The ChoiceOne Cedar Springs Branch won the step challenge with nearly 40,000 steps. They chose to donate the $500 to the Cedar Springs Public Library (CSPL).

“We chose the library because they are very prevalent in Cedar Springs and they are always very appreciative of any support they receive from the community,” said ChoiceOne Bank Cedar Springs Branch Manager Stacy Helsel. “The library sponsors many activities for people of all ages throughout the year and asks for little in return. Most activities have little to no cost to participate. We wanted to help so they could continue to promote programs for all ages.” 

“Your Library staff here at the CSPL are all very proud of our hometown ChoiceOne Bank employees who really out-stepped 13 other branches to win this challenge,” said Cedar Springs Public Library Director Donna Clark. “We’re so grateful to ChoiceOne Bank for the heart you showed and the effort you made to bring your great gift home to your Library. We are thrilled to channel it back into the community through various library services and resources.”

ChoiceOne Bank’s Culture Committee launched the challenge. President and CEO Kelly Potes formed the committee two years ago. The Culture Committee launched a Health and Wellness Program in 2018 and the “step challenge” paired well. The program encourages healthy lifestyle choices related to eating, exercise, and mental health. Healthy lifestyles and community support blend well for a community bank like ChoiceOne.

 “Community is important because it brings everyone together for one common cause,” said Helsel. “It encourages people to get to know their neighbors. That’s especially important for us at ChoiceOne.”

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