Merchants Bank Donates $5,000 to Winona Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund

Andrew Guzzo, Merchants Bank Regional President

Merchants Bank has donated $5,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund established by the Winona Community Foundation according to Andrew Guzzo, Regional President for Merchant Bank. The fund provides emergency relief to community members in Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties affected by the pandemic.

“We know our fellow community members need support at this time and we’re proud to be able to contribute to the efforts coordinated by the Winona Community Foundation,” said Guzzo.

The Winona Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund is positioned to provide more than $120,000 in assistance through nonprofit partners around the region and every dollar will be donated directly back into the communities. Community members interested in donating can visit winonacf.org to make a contribution. Those seeking assistance can contact the Foundation directly at (507) 454-6511.

“The people and businesses in the Winona area amaze me. Time and again when crisis hits, they step up. Even before we formalized the COVID-19 Relief Fund, we were receiving calls asking how to contribute,” said Nancy Brown, President/CEO for the Winona Community Foundation. “We hope these initial gifts will serve as a catalyst for more people and businesses to give. The Winona Community Foundation is pleased to be the conduit to get these funds out to our nonprofit organizations that in turn can get them to those who are dealing with financial hardships related to this pandemic.”

For additional information on financial relief options available through the CARES Act, other assistance programs and updates regarding contribution deadlines and distribution requirements from retirement accounts, visit www.merchantsbank.com/personalresources.

Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 19 bank locations in southeastern Minnesota, two bank locations in west-central Wisconsin and a leasing division, Merchants Bank Equipment Finance, in Edina. As the parent company for Merchants Bank, Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI) also owns the First National Bank of Northfield, with two banking offices in Northfield and a loan production office in Bloomington, MN. Headquartered in Winona, MN, MFGI has more than $2.1 billion in assets. Merchants was founded in 1875.