Facebook voting can help local nonprofits

Merchants Bank is reaching out to nonprofit organizations in the areas served by our banks for Merchants Bank’s “Growing Community” $10,000 Facebook giveaway. More than 30 organizations will have the opportunity to get a share of the giveaway through the number of votes placed for the organization through the Merchants Bank Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MerchantsBank.

“We’re excited for the organizations taking part, and we hope that their fans will support them through liking and sharing the information,” Mark Metzler, media and communications officer at Merchants, said. “We hope that this is something that the response will encourage us to do every year.”

Anyone will be able to vote for the participating organizations up to three times a day. The “Growing Community” giveaway started Nov. 5 and ends Dec. 15.

The organizations participating are listed below, followed by the Merchants Bank location that nominated the organization:

Kids N’ Kinship – Apple Valley

Caledonia Community Celebrations – Caledonia

Camp Winnebago – Caledonia

Caledonia Lions – Caledonia

Cannon Falls Education Foundation – Cannon Falls

Friends in Need Food Shelf – Cottage Grove

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon – Cottage Grove

Youth Services Bureau – Cottage Grove

Hastings Family Service – Hastings

Black Dirt Theater – Hastings

La Crescent Public Library – La Crescent

ISD 300 Scholarship Foundation – La Crescent, Hokah

La Crescent Animal Rescue – La Crescent

360 Communities – Lakeville

Highview Hills – Lakeville

La Crosse Area Family YMCA – Onalaska

Gateway Area Council Boy Scouts of America – Onalaska

Riverfest Commodore Foundation – Onalaska

United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties – Red Wing

Red Wing Care Clinic – Red Wing

Environmental Learning Center – Red Wing

Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity – Rochester

Zumbro Valley Mental Health – Rochester

Gift of Life Transplant House – Rochester

Rosemount Family Resource Center – Rosemount

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon – Rosemount

Rosemount Area Arts Council – Rosemount

Bluff Country Artist Gallery – Spring Grove

Ye Olde Opera House – Spring Grove

Spring Grove Public Library – Spring Grove

Winona Area Humane Society – St. Charles

St. Charles Foundation for Academic Excellence – St. Charles

Whitewater Area Wellness Center – St. Charles

Grace Place – Winona

Winona Volunteer Services – Winona

There are a total of 18 Merchants Bank locations. They are located in Winona, St. Charles, Goodview, Rochester, Caledonia, La Crescent, Onalaska, Spring Grove, Cannon Falls, Red Wing, Hampton and many southern Twin Cities metropolitan suburbs.