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"Why I Volunteer," Featuring Stephanie Timmer

"Why I Volunteer," Featuring Stephanie Timmer

As a community bank deeply rooted in the hometowns we serve, we take pride in celebrating individuals like Stephanie Timmer, whose passion for volunteering shines brightly. 

Stephanie said her commitment to community involvement is driven by a simple why: "Volunteering is an easy way to give back to the community that has done so much for me and the people I care about." Having spent most of her life in South Haven, she has seen first-hand the impact not-for-profit organizations have had on her hometown. 

In her early twenties, Stephanie began volunteering with Junior Achievement and was a classroom aide at the school she once attended. Her service in the community has changed throughout the different seasons of her life. "When my son was in school, he was part of the orchestra, so naturally, I joined the Instrumental Music Boosters to help raise money for the South Haven music programs. My husband volunteered with the sports programs my son was involved in," Stephanie shared. "Choosing to volunteer with organizations you are passionate about or involving your family in your volunteering efforts makes it even better." 

While it changes year-to-year, there are some events that Stephanie participates in annually and organizations she regularly volunteers with, including: 

Corewell Health/Caring Circle
Kiwanis Club of South Haven 
Michigan Maritime Museum
National Blueberry Festival
South Haven Chamber of Commerce - Ice Breaker Festival
South Haven Local Development Finance Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
South Haven Women Who Care
Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation

"Not only does it make me feel good to see how I have contributed, but I have also had the privilege of meeting wonderful friends while volunteering,” said Stephanie. “Plus, I have learned a lot along the way, which has helped me grow as an individual." 

Stephanie embodies the spirit of community service and encourages those around her to join in the collective effort of building a stronger community: "Volunteering can be as simple as offering to help with an event for a few hours. Together every small effort can make a big impact." 

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