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Mainstream Living Receives $25,000 Believe in Local Grant

September 5, 2022

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Mainstream Living today received a $25,000 gift from First Interstate Bank and the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation as part of their inaugural Believe in Local grant campaign. These funds will be deployed to support disability, mental health, and employment services for the broader Ames community. 

“We are incredibly appreciative of First Interstate’s generosity and support,” said Bill Vaughn, president and CEO of Mainstream Living. “This donation helps us to further our mission of providing community-based disability and mental health services. We’re thankful to have dedicated partners like First Interstate helping us to strengthen our communities in this way.”

First Interstate Bank launched the Believe in Local campaign to celebrate the Bank’s longstanding commitment to the communities it serves. Forty nonprofit organizations across the Bank’s expanded 14-state footprint will receive a $25,000 gift in support of their mission. Mainstream Living was nominated by local First Interstate employees and selected from a pool of over 400 nominees thanks to its alignment with the Bank’s philanthropic goals. 

“Giving back to the places we call home is central to who we are as a community bank,” said David Tucker, commercial relationship manager for First Interstate Bank. “Our Believe in Local grant campaign captures our core values in action and is the ideal way to celebrate the nonprofit organizations that deliver the greatest positive impact. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to further support Mainstream Living in its work to serve Ames and its families.” 

In addition to campaigns like Believe in Local, First Interstate makes annual donations and grants of 2% of its pre-tax earnings to local communities. These funds aid in the improvement of workforce development, to boost early childhood education, mitigate poverty, and support nonprofit organizations like Mainstream Living. 

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