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Community Involvement

As a community bank, we pride ourselves in our commitment to the Sparta community.  Below are some of the local fundraisers Union National Bank is involved in.

Lawrence Lawson Elementary - Playground Equipment

Lawrence Lawson Elementary School reached out to local businesses to replace aging playground equipment.  UNB responded with the largest single donation of $10,000 to purchase a climbing structure.  Given the schools central location in Sparta, this not only helps the school children, but all children in the city of Sparta.

Teach Appreciation Week - Gift Cards

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EverFi - Financial Literacy

Union National Bank Empowers High School Students To Make Informed Financial Decisions Through Innovative Web-Based Program

Union National Bank, Sparta’s only locally owned, independent bank, has partnered with EverFiTM—Financial Literacy to bring financial literacy education to high school students in the Sparta School District.  This web-based program uses the latest technology to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Through this platform, students will learn about different topics in personal finance, including—credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, and 401k’s; allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes. 

“We are happy to provide this program to these high school students at no cost to the school.  Financial literacy is very important and will have a life long effect on the students”, Randy Jarvis, President, Union National Bank.

“On behalf of our students, I would like to thank Union National Bank for their generosity of funding this program for our students.  The Ever-Fi program is an excellent resource for the students to make a relevant connection to the important financial concepts taught in Personal Finance.  It offers a fun way to connect the curriculum to the ‘real world’ situations the students will face in their financial future”, Julie Beyer, Business Education Instructor at Sparta High School.

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 Deke Slayton Museum Fundraising Challenge

Union National Bank pledged to match up to $5,000 in funds towards the Annual Matching Funds Campaign to support our local Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum.  The bank was excited to be involved in the challenge to help raise over $10,000 for the Museum.  The Deke Slayton Museum provides a great educational experience for all ages, honoring Deke Slayton's memory in his hometown Sparta, WI and commemorating the rich bicycling heritage of the area. 

Sparta Bike & Board Park

Union National Bank has proudly donated the remaining $2,500 needed to complete this project. The Sparta Bike & Board Park will provide a safe and legal place in Sparta for the community to skateboard, inline skate, and bike.  Click here to visit the Sparta Bike & Board Park Facebook page.

Boys & Girls Club Fundraising Challenge

Union National Bank launched the first annual revolving pledge drive for the Boys & Girls Club of Sparta.  Bank employees challenged other businesses to make donations to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.  The bank matched $5,000 during this fundraising challenge, which allowed the Boys & Girls Club to raise over $10,000 in all. The bank was pleased to do our part in supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Sparta.  We believe that the Club is very important and provides a safe place for the youth of Sparta.

Mayo Clinic Expansion Project

Union National Bank donated $10,000 to help fund the completion of the new Emergency, Radiology and Registration Departments at Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta.  The Emergency Department was built in the mid-1960s and was very old and outdated.  It was a much needed renovation!  The expansion has provided a more modern and spacious environment.  Check out the media coverage from News Channel 8 WKBT.

The Annual Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is a way generous people in the community can purchase a gift for a child who might not otherwise receive one.  Union National Bank contacts Sparta schools to gather names of children who would benefit from receiving a gift from a generous person here in our community.  We embrace The Giving Tree as a wonderful way to promote the season of giving in a very meaningful and concrete way.

Annual Identity Theft Education

Union National Bank provides an annual shredding service to the community.  Individuals can bring in their confidential documents to be shredded and all we ask is that you bring in a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.  We provide informational brochures and booklets about identity theft to those who are interested.

Annual Sparta Area Cancer Support Walk

Sparta Area Cancer Support, Inc. is an organization made up of volunteers who give their time and support to those in the Sparta community whose lives are effected by cancer.  The money raised by this organization is used to support local research and is dispersed to cancer victims to provide assistance.  Union National Bank sponsors a team for the walk each year, which many employees participate in.

 Jeans Day for a Worthy Cause

Every Friday employees have the option to wear blue jeans.  Each employee wearing jeans makes a donation to a non-profit organization in the Sparta community.  Each month, the bank chooses an organization to receive this donation.  Over the years, the bank has made donations to numerous organizations.  To name a few: 

      • Habitat for Humanity
      • Sparta Area Cancer Support
      • Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Taskforce

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