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Gate City Bank team members surprise ConnectUs Foundation staffers with a big check written out for $5,000 in Williston, ND

A Surprise Gift for ConnectUs Foundation Ahead of Second Opening in Williston, ND.

WILLISTON, ND – Gate City Bank’s donation will prove essential to boosting crucial mental health services throughout the region.

In celebration of Gate City Bank’s new Cash Wise Foods location, and to show love for the local community, team members paid a surprise visit to ConnectUs Foundation on February 8, where they presented the nonprofit with a $5,000 donation. The money will help further the foundation’s mission, which is to advocate for the mental-health and substance-abuse needs of clients – so they can live life to their fullest potential.

“At Gate City Bank, it’s our joy and privilege to serve the wonderful people of Williston, and that includes giving back to local nonprofits that keep our community strong,” said Marcus Boykin, Vice President, Retail Manager & Business Lender. “ConnectUs Foundation is a beloved organization that serves an incredible purpose, and we’re truly thankful for the opportunity to support them as they create a better way of life for so many across our region.”

As the check exchanged hands, Gate City Bank team members and ConnectUs representatives exchanged hugs and handshakes. The nonprofit expressed its gratitude for the donation, which will help drive its strategic initiatives.

“Gate City Bank has been so supportive of our mission for years, and they’re always doing amazing things in the community as a whole,” said Katie Shannon, Clinical Director at ConnectUs Foundation. “We’re incredibly honored to receive such a generous donation, which will help remove financial barriers for those struggling with mental health.”

Crafting Convenience, For a Better Way of Life.®

Gate City Bank was excited to open its 45th location on February 20! The bank’s local presence at 300 11th St. W is the result of a longtime partnership with Coborn’s, which has proved crucial to meeting the growing banking needs of communities in North Dakota – especially Williston.

“The community of Williston has fostered a unique culture that aligns closely with our core purpose – to create a better way of life for customers, communities and team members,” Boykin said. “We’re beyond excited to continue bringing better banking to the Bakken!”

This Cash Wise Foods location joins Gate City Bank’s current location at 422 Main St. in Williston, and brings added convenience to customers who bank while they shop. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (lobby and drive-up), and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays (drive-up only), the new full-service location provides innovative products and services for the region’s personal, mortgage and business customers.

Growing in an Amazing Community.

Gate City Bank’s existing Williston team is excited to continue serving residents and community partners. Whether it’s the bank’s signature customer service, knack for ingenuity or delightful reputation for greeting customers as they enter, team members look forward to growing closer with this booming city – and making a difference locally.

“Williston has had a monumental impact on our state, and it continues to experience positive growth,” Boykin said. “Whether it’s through our Main Street or Cash Wise Foods locations, at one of the community’s historical sites, in a local park or anywhere else, we can’t wait to stop and say hello, as well as provide exceptional service, strong philanthropic giving and top-notch career opportunities.”

Delivering Innovation Where It’s Needed Most.

Gate City Bank (and subsidiaries Gate City Insurance Agency and Gate City Investment Services) is known for offering a host of unique products and services that help customers save time and money. A handful of them include:

  • Free ATMs: Checking customers enjoy unlimited ATM fee refunds anytime, anywhere – worldwide. This has saved customers more than $60 million in fees!
  • Easy Online and Mobile Banking: Gate City Bank’s online and mobile banking (as well as its user-friendly mobile app) are uniquely designed to be fast, convenient and safe. Customers can easily navigate their finances by moving money, making payments, monitoring accounts, controlling debit cards and more.
  • BetterLife™ Student Loan: The first and only program of its kind in the nation, it helps customers consolidate debt and pay off student loans faster, featuring no fees and a low rate. Since 2015, the bank has helped nearly 3,500 customers save over $35.2 million in interest. An average of $10,100 saved per customer!
  • BetterLife™ Child Care Business Loan: Designed specifically to address the real-world need for more local child care services, this low-interest financing option allows child care providers to easily purchase equipment, cover necessary updates, hire more staff and more – so they can serve more little ones.
  • #1 Mortgage Lender: Gate City Bank is proud to be the #1 mortgage lender in North Dakota.
  • Locally Approved, Financed and Serviced Home Loan Options: Gate City Bank’s pre-approvals are extremely quick, easy and trusted by real estate agents and sellers. Plus, customers will have peace of mind knowing their pre-approvals will come through on closing day!
  • My School Spirit Debit Cards: For loyal fans, Gate City Bank offers a number of debit card options that feature select high school and college colors and mascots. The bank donates $10 to the school for every card ordered, which has resulted in more than $365,000 to date!
  • Neighborhood Improvement Loan Programs: Gate City Bank has helped facilitate $104 million in low-interest loans for qualifying home renovations. (The bank has provided $23 million in 2024 alone.)
  • Additional Services: Gate City Bank also offers business banking, notarizing, coin counting, night deposit, signature guaranty and currency exchange services.

Giving Back – and Making a Difference.

Generously giving of time and resources through servant leadership is a huge part of Gate City Bank’s culture! The bank is honored to support its communities through paid volunteer time, charitable contributions and in-kind donations (such as reduced interest rate loans for nonprofit organizations).

Team members have provided $40.9 million in philanthropic giving and more than 310,000 volunteer hours since 2003. In 2023, Gate City Bank’s charitable impact was $4.3 million, including more than 25,000 volunteer hours.

Gate City Bank encourages team members to give on company time – and for each hour they volunteer beyond 10 hours, the bank gifts approximately $30 per hour to the charity. Team members are encouraged to help organizations they’re passionate about. The following causes are also especially important to Gate City Bank:

  • Giving Hearts Day: Gate City Bank has donated $2 million through its partnership with Giving Hearts Day! For a decade, the bank has helped more than 300 charities and matched 100% of team member gifts.
  • Military Support: The bank creates a better way of life for military members and their families by paying and providing full benefits for team members who are active service members while on duty. They get an extra two weeks of paid time off when they come off active duty, to rest and relax before coming back to work.
  • Great Plains Food Bank: Gate City Bank has provided 1.5 million meals, more than 1,000 volunteer hours and $250,000 for a food bank distribution semi-truck that serves communities across North Dakota.

Providing Some of the Best Benefits Around.

Simply put, Gate City Bank’s workplace benefits are extremely tough to beat. Some of them include:

  • Low-Deductible Health Plan: With free vision insurance.
  • Telemedicine Program: Free 24/7. (Team members can even “see” health care professionals on weekends!)
  • Generous PTO Package: The bank offers abundant paid leave for team members to enjoy.
  • Paid Holidays: Team members enjoy major holidays off (including recognized days), and a birthday holiday!
  • Fully Paid Leave: Types include military, maternity, paternity, caregiving, volunteering and missions.
  • Career Progression: The bank actively supports team members with opportunities to advance from within.
  • 401(k): The bank offers immediate eligibility and a dollar-for-dollar match up to 6%.
  • Quarterly Incentive: Team members can earn quarterly bonuses based on overall performance.

Team members often express that the bank fosters an open culture with easy access to leaders. Hear their stories!

Earning Recognition for Outstanding Efforts.

Gate City Bank works tirelessly to create a better way of life for customers, communities and team members, and for its efforts has therefore received countless awards and accolades throughout the years, such as the following:

  • Voted: “Best Financial Institution” and “Best Large Company to Work for” in the Williston Herald’s Best of the Bakken.
  • Ranked: The Most Popular Bank in North Dakota, according to Yahoo! Finance.
  • Granted: The Freedom Award by the U.S. Secretary of Defense and Department of Defense.

Just Getting Started.

Soon after opening its doors at the new Cash Wise Foods location, Gate City Bank will follow up with an official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. More details, including exact dates and times, will become available in the near future. In the meantime, the bank expresses its immense gratitude for the chance to expand its presence in the Williston community – For a Better Way of Life.®

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