The gift of mental health and awareness

Donating money should be a heartwarming, personal experience — so much more than a corporation cutting a check and calling it a day.

By Community State Bank

Since 1898 Community State Bank has been providing opportunity to the communities of southeastern Wisconsin and the people that make them great.

Community State Bank’s employee donation program, GIFT2GIVING, puts the personal touch on holiday donations by allowing employees to choose which nonprofit organizations and community initiatives are important to them. We started GIFT2GIVING in 2018 as a way to directly improve our communities, and we are already working on plans to expand the program. 

This year, Robert Pieroni, the Kenosha Market President of Community State Bank, chose NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

“I am happy to say that myself and 25 other Community State Bank employees decided to donate our #Gift2Giving funds to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Kenosha County. 

Recently, I had someone very near and dear to me get diagnosed with Severe Major Depression. Quite frankly I didn’t know much about mental illness prior to the diagnosis and have learned so much since! Unfortunately there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and we as a society need to do better learning about mental health and helping those who suffer from a mental illness.

Mental illness is real and I understand a lot more about it today because of NAMI and their outstanding assistance and work in the community. Jack Rose and his team at NAMI of Kenosha County do an incredible job with helping people that have a mental illness or those who are supporting someone with a mental illness. 

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. NAMI of Kenosha County not only has support groups for those suffering from mental illness they also have family support groups and peer support groups.

Please visit NAMI Online to learn more, contact their team or make a personal donation!”

Robert Pieroni

Other Contributing Employees: Noah Campbell, Heidi Conde, Bill Fliess, Linnet Henningfeld, Scott Huedepohl, Kelly Huston, Monica Johnson, Karen Jorgensen, Kevin Jorgensen, Jackie Kolbeck, Sandy Lompa, Mandi Maas, Sara Putz, Julie Schrader, Becca Sheen, Laura Burnett-Shoemaker, Katie Stolp, Kim Terpstra, Becky Urban, Jonathan White, Mel Gramza, Kevin Babik, Melody Kowalczyk, Christina Rowntree, Nicholas Dawley

For this special donation, CSB had the opportunity to interview NAMI Advocate and Board Member, Sabrina Northern. In this video, Sabrina talks about her personal experience with depression and how NAMI helped her recover during this very difficult time.

Community State Bank, a $615 million locally owned and operated community bank, is headquartered in Union Grove, WI and has proudly served the communities of Southeast Wisconsin since 1898. Learn more about Community State Bank’s Kenosha or Paddock Lake locations by visiting CSB online at Community State Bank is a member FDIC and is an Equal Housing Lender.